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Sub-dome maker celebrates $4.6M expansion, creation of 46 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY

Seemann Composites celebrated on Wednesday the company’s new submarine bow dome production facility in Gulfport. The project, a $4.6 million corporate investment, accommodates a contract with General Dynamics Electric Boat for the U.S. Navy and creates 46 jobs.

“Thousands of workers on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are engaged in the production of some of the most sophisticated, high-tech products employed within the maritime and defense industries,” Gov. Phil Bryant said in a news release. “Dozens more individuals on the Coast are now producing bow domes for U.S. Navy submarines, strengthening our nation’s defense and Mississippi’s position as a frontrunner in the industry.”

Located in the Bayou Bernard Industrial Park, Seemann Composites constructed a 25,600-square-foot building to produce bow domes for the Navy’s Columbia Class Ballistic Missile Submarine, which will replace the Ohio Class Ballistic Missile Subs. The expansion was announced in July 2016.

“We would like to thank Gov. Bryant, the Mississippi Development Authority and the Harrison County Development Commission for their support in helping us meet this critical need for the U.S, Navy Submarine Program,” said Seemann Composites CEO Bill Seemann.

The Mississippi Development Authority provided $700,000 for site preparation and infrastructure needs.

Completion of Seemann Composites’ expansion increases the company’s employment in Gulfport to approximately 160 workers.

Seemann was founded in 1987 and developed the technology of vacuum infusion, which is used worldwide and has been attributed to starting an industry-wide revolution in vacuum assisted resin transfer molding of composites.

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