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LIQUIDITY — Hybrid Plastics expanding after developing new product line

A decade ago when Hybrid Plastics announced it was relocating from California to Hattiesburg, the company proved it was not afraid to go its own way. Several national media outlets reported the move would be Hybrid’s demise. However, Hybrid quickly silenced the critics, finding a wide, global market for its solid polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane molecules while dipping into the talent ...

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Brister leaving Polymer Institute; Thompson filling in

The Mississippi Polymer Institute is in a transition phase with the departure of director Dr. Bryan Brister, who has accepted a position as chief operating officer with Voltea, an international water purification company. MPI operations leader Robert Thompson will assume the role of interim director. Brister came to MPI in 2010 as director and during that time has helped lead ...

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Polymer Institute assists local manufacturers

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Polymer Institute provided technical assistance to four Mississippi-based manufacturing companies yielding $3.6M in direct financial impact and resulting in the creation of 22 new jobs in Mississippi, according to data compiled by InnovateMEP Mississippi during survey period Quarter 3 2012 – Quarter 2 2013. Dr. Jay Tice, director of InnovateMEP Mississippi, said, “MPI, in conjunction with ...

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The Accelerator adds three new tenants, including GE Aviation

HATTIESBURG — The Accelerator, the University of Southern Mississippi’s technology commercialization center, has added new tenants GE Aviation, Radiance Technologies and Vatican Capital. GE Aviation, which just opened a new aircraft engine composite parts production facility in Ellisville has leased space at The Accelerator and is working with Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) and Jones County Junior College to produce employee ...

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Polymer group connects client with manfacturer

HATTIESBURG — ­ The University of Southern Mississippi reports the Mississippi Polymer Institute at helped connect a client with a manufacturer that resulted in 18 new jobs and $2.5 million in increased sales. When MPI was contacted by a company seeking assistance with a custom injection molding project, Institute executives provided a list of respectable manufacturers. The client contacted John ...

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MEP.ms: Polymer group assists in plant expansions

HATTIESBURG — The Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi (MEP.ms) reports the Mississippi Polymer Institute provided outstanding technical assistance to four Mississippi-based manufacturing companies, yielding $2.9 million in direct financial impact during the 2012 fiscal year. This assistance also led to the creation of 18 news jobs in the state. This work was reflected by independent auditors during the national survey ...

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ATK first module to NASA made completely from composites

IUKA — Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has delivered a technological first to NASA — a full-scale, crew module structure made of composite materials. The Composite Crew Module (CCM) is a unique capsule design that has the potential to reduce the overall weight of future manned launch vehicles. Full-scale structural testing will be performed at NASA’s Langley Research Center to determine the ...

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USM's new polymer degree gets IHL approval

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials has gained approval from the State Institutions of Higher Learning to offer an undergraduate degree in polymer science and engineering, the first of its kind in Mississippi according to USM. The focus of the program is education and research in the areas of structure and processing ...

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Hybrid Plastics technology used in pioneering procedure

HATTIESBURG — Medical history was made in recently with the world’s first synthetic organ transplant, according to Hattiesburg-based Hybrid Plastics. A terminally ill cancer patient received a new lease on life with the transplant of a synthetic trachea made from a POSS nanocomposite polymer. The composite made from POSS and PCU (Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane & Poly (carbonate- urea) Urethane) had ...

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Mexican conglomerate to buy Coast plant

BAY ST. LOUIS — DAK Americas LLC has agreed to buy Wellman Inc.’s PET plastics plant in Bay St. Louis for $185 million. DAK Americas is a unit of Mexican conglomerate Alfa SAB. The company announced the deal June 16, according to the Mississippi Press. The purchase amount includes a cash payment and assumption of some liabilities. The 165-worker plant ...

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