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Supervisors open bidding for Northrop facility

PASCAGOULA — The Jackson County Board of Supervisors has opened bidding for firms wanting to work on a new land-based testing facility for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.

The Mississippi Press reports that the county will hire a grant administrator, architect and engineer to help submit a funding proposal to the Mississippi Development Authority, said George Freeland, executive director of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation.

Board of Supervisors president Mike Mangum said the board plans to hire the grant administrator, architect and engineer at its next regular meeting Dec. 20.

Freeland said if the state likes the proposal, it will invite a full-funding application.

The multimillion-dollar facility, which would be built in Pascagoula, would be used for pre-installation assembly, integration and testing of ship components and equipment, as well as other activities.

Freeland said an exact location, construction cost projection and square footage information isn’t known yet because the project is in its early stages.

Hopefully, the facility will be paid for in part with economic development funding through Mississippi Development Authority’s Hurricane Katrina Community Development Block Grant program, supervisors said.

A Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding spokesman declined comment until the process is further along.

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