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VT Halter Marine marks expansion, breaks ground

PASCAGOULA — VT Halter Marine has marked the completion of its dry dock expansion and broken ground on its new blast and paint facility in Pascagoula.

VT Halter Marine chief executive officer Jack Predergast says the expansion is part of the company’s five-year plan to develop a full service repair facility. The $13 million project added 400 jobs at VT.

The blast and paint facility is a $7 million investment that will create 40 jobs for the shipyard. VT spokesman Walker Forest tells The Sun Herald says the new facility should help mitigate neighbor complaints about paint overspray getting into the air and water and reaching their homes and vehicles.

Gov. Phil Bryant was on hand for Monday’s celebration and thanked the company for investing in the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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