Composites, materials which are engineered with specific characteristics in mind particularly for use in the aerospace and shipbuilding industries, are researched, developed and applied within the I-10 Technology Corridor.
The Bernard Bayou Industrial District (BBID) in Harrison County is home to several highly advanced contributors to this important industry, including:
Northrop Grumman’s Center for Composite Excellence leads in the manufacturing and fabrication of marine composite structures. The benefits of the composites, including greater stealth, reduced weight and corrosion resistance, have attracted customers like the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. Parts created at the Center for Composite Excellence are utilized at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Jackson County, where six classes of ships are developed for the Navy and Coast Guard.
Seemann Composites, Inc., inventor of the C-Flex and SCRIMP technologies, produces composites for use in sea, land and air applications for clients including the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. It also produces parts used in shipbuilding at Northrop Grumman. Lockheed Martin, with a facility at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, is also a customer.
Soprema, Inc., a French company with 14 manufacturing plants throughout Europe and the Americas, uses innovative production methods to develop roofing and waterproofing materials like SBS modified bitumen roofing.
United States Marine, Inc. builds military, patrol and special warfare boats, utilizing performance composites or aluminum.
For more information on the Advanced Materials Industry – visit www.mscoastadvancedmaterials.com