Company attracted by labor pool
WOODVILLE — For 50 years DMI Pipe Fabrication has manufactured pipes for power, refining, paper mill, cement plant and chemical industries. Now the company that employs 75 at its headquarters at the Port of Baton Rouge, La., has reached across the state border to establish a new facility in Woodville, which is in Wilkinson County.
DMI president Scott Folse said the firm’s decision to locate in Woodville was based on the assistance promised by the state and the local community, combined with the availability of the type of skilled labor the company needs.
“DMI is thrilled to be opening a pipe fabrication facility in Woodville,” Folse said. “There is a large amount of skilled and willing labor in Southwest Mississippi, and a large amount of industrial expansion planned in Mississippi in which we hope to participate.”
Twenty new jobs are expected for the expansion that will be located in the warehouse portion of the former Fruit of the Loom facility. The project represents a $100,000 investment by DMI, whose clients include Exxon, Chevron, Siemens’ Energy, Southern Company and many others.
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) provided assistance for infrastructure improvements and guidance to the company on available tax incentives. MDA is also helping the company with its workforce training needs. Assistance to facilitate the project was also provided by Wilkinson County and the Wilkinson County Industrial Development Authority.
“The response and assistance from the local community, the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors, board president Morgan, the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Small Business Development Center and the MDA has been phenomenal,” Folse said.
DMI’s decision to set up operations in Woodville and create much-needed jobs is fantastic news for Wilkinson County and Southwest Mississippi, said Whit Hughes, MDA deputy director.
“I’m grateful to DMI for choosing to expand into Mississippi, and I wish Scott Folse and the DMI family many years of success in Wilkinson County,” Hughes said.
DMI’s services include civil, structural steel erection, equipment setting, conveyors, pipe fabrication and pipe erection. The company’s field services are typically provided in paper mills, alumina plants, coke facilities, fertilizer plants and refineries.
Folse said one advantage of DMI is that instead of just being the fabrication arm of a larger company with numerous divisions, DMI concentrates solely on fabricating pipe.
“And we’re very good at it,” Folse said. “Founded in 1963, we have become a reliable specialist to the industries we serve and experts in dealing with the materials specific to each. We also implement a rigid quality control system so you can rely on us to get the job done right. If you need a partner dedicated solely to delivering high-quality pipe fabrication, look no further than DMI.”
DMI began as a family-owned business in 1963. The company has seen a lot of growth over the years, but continues to concentrate on core qualities like integrity, reliability and exceptional service.
“While we have embraced technology in all aspects of the business, it is only utilized where it best serves our customers,” Folse said. “That’s one reason we don’t have voicemail. We feel if it’s important enough for you to call our office, it’s important enough that you talk to a live operator who can provide an immediate solution or quickly find someone that can. It’s our hard work, dedication to service and this kind of attention to detail that sets us apart.”
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.dmipipefab.com or call (225) 272-1420.
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