GE gets orders for engines
At the Dubai Air Show Monday, the United Arab Emirates announced that it ordered 50
aircraft powered by two GE90-115B engines, and agreed to a 12-year maintenance, repair
and overhaul contract for those engines. The total value over the life of the contract is $6
billion. The order will have an impact on multiple GE Aviation operations nationwide,
including the 258-worker GE Aviation plant in Batesville, Miss. Workers there manufacture
composite engine parts – fan stator, acoustic panels and fan platforms – for the GE90.
(Source: GE Aviation, 11/14/11) Gulf Coast note: GE Aviation is also building a composite
engine parts facility in Hattiesburg, Miss., and Auburn, Ala.


New polymer center unveiled
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Members of the University of Southern Mississippi's School of
Polymers and High Performance Materials on Friday unveiled the Sidney Lauren Memorial
Center, located in the Polymer Science Research Center. Lauren, who died in 2010, was a
longtime figure in the coatings industry and helped provide scholarship dollars to Southern
Miss' polymer science students in his capacity as on-and-off director of the Washington, D.C.
-based Coatings Industry Education Foundation. The center will occupy space in what had
been a storage room adjoining a first-floor coating lab. There also will be an online learning
center. The CIEF is funding the center. (Source: Hattiesburg American, 09/24/11)

Recycler plans Pensacola operation
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Pennsylvania-based stainless steel scrap recycler Cronimet Corp. plans
to locate a manufacturing facility in Pensacola in early November, creating 15 manufacturing
and administrative jobs. Cronimet recovers and reprocesses stainless steel and high-grade
alloys for manufacturers, including the aerospace industry. The announcement was made
by Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Jim Hizer and chamber Chairman
Collier Merrill. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 09/01/11)


USM plans new polymer degree program
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi hopes to get approval for a
new undergraduate degree program in polymer sciences engineering. Southern Mississippi
President Martha Saunders said that if the state college board signs off on the program,
USM will have the only polymer engineering major in the state. The engineering program
proposal will go before the state college board for approval in November. Southern Miss'
School of Polymers and High Performance Materials currently offers graduate degrees in
polymer science and engineering as well as undergraduate polymer science degree without
the engineering aspect. (Source: Hattiesburg American, 08/28/11)

USM researchers develop oil spill fix
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Three University of Southern Mississippi professors and a team of
10 students have come up with an experimental substance to help clean up an oil spill. The
substance is renewable and non-toxic and made from plants. The two key ingredients are
cellulose and soy lecithin. An important attribute is the dispersed oil won’t stick to anything.
The research is paid for by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, including
the Accelerating Innovative Research grant designed to push the project to the early stages
of commercialization within a year. (Source: Hattiesburg American, 08/22/11)

Contract: Bath Iron Works, $110.8M
The Navy awarded Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, a $110.8 million
modification to a previously awarded contract for long-lead construction for DDG 1001,
procurement of long-lead-time material for DDG 1002 and engineering, production and
support services. The original contract for the Zumwalt class was awarded in February 2008.
Work encompassed by this modification is expected to be completed by October 2011.
(Sources: DoD, 08/04/11, General Dynamics via PRNewswire, 08/05/11) Gulf Coast note:
Ingalls Composite Center of Excellence in Gulfport, Miss., is building the composite
deckhouses and hangars for the DDG 1000 ships.

Sub set for Gulfport commissioning
GULFPORT, Miss. – The Virginia-class attack  submarine USS Mississippi will be
commissioned in the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor in May 2012. Mayor George Schloegel
made the announcement Tuesday at a meeting of the Gulfport Business Club. The Electric
Boat Division of General Dynamics in Groton, Conn., is the prime contractor for the 377-foot-
long USS Mississippi (SSN-782). (Source: Sun Herald, 08/03/11) Note: Seemann
Composites of Gulfport provided key composite parts for the nuclear-powered Virginia-class

GE Aviation to build composite parts
GE Aviation, which will be opening a plant in Ellisville to make composite parts for aircraft
engines, will work closely with the University of Southern Mississippi on high performance
materials for aircraft engines. GE Aviation is investing $56 million in the 300,000-square-foot
facility, which is expected to begin production in 2013 and create about 250 jobs by 2016.
GE Aviation also opened a plant in Batesville in 2008. (Sources: Multiple, 07/27/11)

JULY 2011

ONR schools teachers in STEM camp
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Gulf Coast-area science and math teachers are learning
new lessons and recharging their professional enthusiasm at Office of Naval Research-
funded five-day summer camps that wraps up July 15. Organized by the Naval Research
Laboratory Stennis Space Center detachment in conjunction with the ASM Materials
Education Foundation, the program trains middle and high school teachers in physics and
materials science, electronic engineering, chemistry and polymer science. The Navy's goals
are to inspire teachers and students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
fields, raise ONR and NRL's profiles with Gulf Coast-area residents and inform them about
the cutting-edge work being done at SSC. Long term, the objective is to grow and sustain
the current naval STEM workforce, which will lose a multitude of workers to retirement in the
coming years. (Source: Office of Naval Research, 07/11/11)

JUNE 2011

USM working on cancer-fighting polymer
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – University of Southern Mississippi scientists are working on a
technique to fight cancer that involves a polymers so tiny that they can be absorbed by
cancerous cells in order to stop them in their tracks. "They get the cancer cells to basically
kill themselves," said Southern Miss Polymer Science Professor Charles McCormick. The
project began in 2003, but has gained steam in the last 15 months. Aiding McCormick is an
team of about 10 graduate, post-grad and undergrad polymer science students called the
McCormick Research Group. The group is now working with researchers at the University of
Alabama Birmingham's Comprehensive Cancer Center. They began collaborating this year.
(Source: Hattiesburg American, 06/24/11)

Exports, STEM highlight Mississippi ranking
Among the states, Mississippi ranks No. 5 for export growth, according to the Enterprising
States 2011 study just released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mississippi is also
ranked 10th in cost of living, 11th in per capita income growth and higher education
efficiency, and 12th in productivity growth and business birth rate. Mississippi is also ranked
20th in science, technology, engineering and math job growth as well as 20th in
entrepreneurial activity. (Source: Tcp, 06/23/11) Study: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Wellman plant sold
DAK Americas LLC of Charlotte, N.C., announced Thursday an agreement to buy the
polyethylene terephthalate resin business of Wellman Inc. for $185 million. The transaction
is expected to close in the second half of 2011 pending regulatory approval. The acquisition
includes the PET resin production facilities in Bay St. Louis, Miss. The site has 165
employees and a production capacity of 950 million pounds a year of PET resin. (Source:
Sun Herald, 06/16/11)

MAY 2011

DuPont to increase production
The DuPont Co. said it will expand its global titanium dioxide production by about 350,000
metric tons to help meet increasing demand for the widely used pigment. The expansion
announced Wednesday includes a new production line at the company’s Altamira, Mexico,
site, and improvements at other production facilities around the world, including the DeLisle
plant in South Mississippi. DeLisle manager Marc Holman said his plant is in the permitting
process with the state Department of Environmental Quality to increase capacity next year
and that the company is making a “significant investment” at the site. (Source: Sun Herald,

APRIL 2011

Light self-repairs material
A team of researchers in the United States and Switzerland has developed a polymer-based
material that can heal itself with the help of a widely used type of lighting. Called "metallo-
supramolecular polymers," the material is capable of becoming a supple liquid that fills
crevasses and gaps left by scrapes and scuffs when placed under ultraviolet light for less
than a minute and then resolidifying. The team involves researchers at Case Western
Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, the Adolphe Merkle Institute of the University of
Fribourg in Switzerland, and the Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground in
Maryland. (Source: National Science Foundation, 04/21/11) Gulf Coast note: The University
of Southern Mississippi is known nationally for its advanced materials research.


BASF to cut 250 jobs
MOBILE, Ala. - BASF SE  will cut 250 of the 700 employees and contractors at its McIntosh
chemical plant over the next two years as the German firm tries to lower costs to compete
with new plants in Asia. The employee reductions at the Washington County plant could
happen through layoffs, retirements, buyouts or attrition. The plant makes a variety of
chemicals used to enhance plastics, lubricants, coatings, paper and laundry detergent.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 02/16/11)


Chevron announces expansion
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Chevron’s Pascagoula Refinery will begin construction of a $1.4
billion lubricants manufacturing facility at the refinery, officials announced today. The project
will generate about 1,000 job over the next two years of construction and about 20
permanent positions for the project. The plant would produce 25,000 barrels a day of oil that
would be used in the manufacturing of high-performance lubricants, such as motor oils, for
consumer and commercial use. (Source: Sun Herald, 01/31/11)

Polymer possibilities pitched
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Students from eight high school polymer programs were on hand for
the second annual High School Polymer Science Day. They competed for prizes, saw
polymer experiments and toured the Shelby Thames Polymer Science Research Center at
the University of Southern Mississippi. The day is designed to pique the interest of students
in careers in materials science. Mississippi is investing in materials businesses such as GE
Aviation and Stion, and the nation is making a larger commitment to science and technology.
USM polymer science professor Jeffrey Wiggins called that situation a “perfect storm” that
provides wonderful job opportunities in the materials science field. (Source: Hattiesburg
American, 01/29/11)

Plant to expand, add workers
FOLEY, Ala. – Nylon maker Ascend Performance Materials of Foley, formerly known as
Solutia, plans a $7 million expansion that will create 20 jobs. The company, which has about
70 workers, will install a new extruder to double nylon production at its 39-acre plant. The
new machinery will also allow the company to make a wider range of products. Ascend's
nylon is used by the auto, electrical and electronic, apparel, carpet industries and others.
The company also operates a large plant in Pensacola, Fla. (Source: Mobile Press-Register,

Accelerator gets new tenant
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Bracco Diagnostics, headquartered in Milan, Italy, is the newest
tenant in the University of Southern Mississippi’s incubator, The Accelerator. Bracco’s
Healthcare Protective Products Division in Hattiesburg will manufacture a lotion that
neutralizes chemical warfare agents. The lotion is already used by the Department of
Defense and most NATO militaries. Bracco plans to initially hire 10 people to operate the
new facility. First production of the lotion is targeted for this summer. (Source: University of
Southern Mississippi, 01/18/11)

Polymer science competition set
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - High school students from Mississippi will gather at the University of
Southern Mississippi later this month for the second annual Polymer Science High School
competition. It’s Jan. 28 at the Polymer Science Research Center at the Hattiesburg campus.
The competition is designed to encourage interest in careers in science. (Source:
Hattiesburg American, 01/16/11)

Materials focus of NOVA series
Materials innovations drive civilization and inspire scientific breakthroughs, and it’s that
notion that motivated the television series NOVA to take viewers on a behind-the-scenes
tour of the world of materials. In a new four-part series, “Making Stuff: Stronger, Smaller,
Cleaner, Smarter,” New York Times technology reporter David Pogue travels the globe to
examine the latest advancements in materials research and to find out what the future might
hold in this field. The series airs on four consecutive Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 19.
(Source: National Science Foundation, 01/14/11) Gulf Coast note: The University of
Southern Mississippi is internationally known for its advanced materials research.

Solar panel company moving in
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Stion, a company that makes thin film solar panels, announced
Tuesday that it’s locating a mass production facility in the former Sunbeam appliance factory
in the Forrest County Industrial Park. The production line is the first phase of a company
investment of $500 million and will create 1,000 jobs over the next six years. The company
will use about 300,000 square feet of the facility to produce 110 and 120-megawatt panels
for residential and commercial use. Stion now produces the panels in its 100,000-square-
foot manufacturing and research and development facility in San Jose, Calif., where the
company is headquartered. One reason Hattiesburg was chosen is the presence of the
University of Southern Mississippi’s advanced materials research. The state’s contribution is
a $75 million incentives package. (Sources: Gov. Haley Barbour, Hattiesburg American,
Mississippi Press, 01/04/11)
Gulf Coast advanced materials