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Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in Mississippi

Posted by IndustrySelect on Friday, April 19, 2024


Above: A look inside the Murano assembly line at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, the state's third-largest manufacturing plant based on number of employees (Image courtesy of Nissan)

With its low business costs and abundant shovel-ready sites, the state of Mississippi is home to a number of powerful manufacturing companies, including some top names in the auto and food industries. Today, we’re providing an inside look at the state’s manufacturing sector based on data collected by MNI and exploring the top industrial companies in Mississippi.

The Latest Facts on Mississippi’s Manufacturing Sector

According to MNI, compiler of the industrial information that powers IndustrySelect, Mississippi is currently home to 2,316 manufacturers employing 159,434 workers.

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According to MNI, Pascagoula is Mississippi’s largest city based on number of industrial jobs, with 15,179 workers. This is followed by Laurel with 7,243 jobs.

Read more: Top Manufacturing Cities in the U.S.

Other top cities in Mississippi include

Canton (6,149 jobs)
Columbus (4,176 jobs)
Tupelo (4,119 jobs)

Jackson County is Mississippi’s largest in terms of industrial jobs, home to 16,016 workers. This is followed by Jones with 13,176 workers, Hinds (12,398), and Lee (11,502).

The transportation equipment industry is powerful in Mississippi, with that sector ranking as the state’s top manufacturing sector, comprising 16% of its industrial workforce. This is followed by food products with 15%, and fabricated metals with 11%. Furniture and fixtures accounts for 10% of Mississippi’s manufacturing workforce, while fabricated metal products make up 9%.

MNI reports there are 9,876 executive contacts among Mississippi’s manufacturing companies, including 1,028 presidents, 834 owners and partners; 576 vice-presidents and 545 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.

Other facts to know about Mississippi manufacturers, based on IndustrySelect’s advanced criteria available to subscribers, include ownership, distribution and other trends. Let’s take a look:

• 2% of Mississippi manufacturers are women-owned
• 10% are publicly owned companies
• 16% import raw materials
• 16% distribute their products internationally.

Next, we’ll take a look at the state’s top companies.

Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in Mississippi

Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc.12,000PascagoulaMS
Nissan North America, Inc.5,000CantonMS
Howard Industries, Inc.4,000LaurelMS
Continental Tire The Americas, LLC2,500ClintonMS
Ashley Furniture Industries LLC2,200EcruMS
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Inc.2,000Blue SpringsMS
Tyson Foods, Inc.1,700CarthageMS
Wayne Sanderson Farms, LLC1,700SummitMS
Chevron Products Co.1,600PascagoulaMS
Modine Grenada, LLC1,500GrenadaMS

About the Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in Mississippi

1. Ingalls Shipbuilding (Pascagoula, MS)

Ingalls Shipbuilding is a massive U.S. naval defense contractor, which operates at a sprawling Pascagoula site. Employing 12,000 industrial workers, Ingalls produces high-tech steel warships for the surface Navy fleet, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, as well as foreign and commercial customers.

2. Nissan North America, Inc. (Canton, MS)

Employing 5,000, Nissan’s Canton plant is Mississippi’s third-largest industrial employer. Established in 2003, more than 4 million vehicles have been produced at this location.

3. Howard Industries, Inc. (Laurel, MS)

Howard Industries, Inc employs 4,000 Mississippi workers in Laurel and produces lighting fixtures for industrial, residential, commercial and utility application. The company has two other Mississippi locations in Ellisville and Sandersville.

4. Continental Tires Americas, LLC (Clinton, MS)

Operating out of a five-million square-foot facility in Clinton, Continental Tires is among the latest major manufacturing locations to call Mississippi home, established in 2019. Employing 2,500, this operation focuses on the production of large truck and bus tires.

5. Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ecru, MS)

Ashley Furniture’s Ecru facility is the largest upholstery producing facility in the world and the fourth-largest industrial employer in the state of Mississippi, employing 2,200. Established in 1945 in Chicago, Ashley Furniture Industries is now headquartered in Arcadia, Wisconsin.

6. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Inc. (Blue Springs, MS)

Established in 2011, Toyota’s Blue Springs site produces the popular Toyota Corolla, producing 170,000 vehicles per year. This is one of fourteen Toyota facilities in the United States and is among its largest, employing 2,000.

7. Tyson Foods, Inc. (Carthage, MS)

Tyson Foods is a multinational food products giant. The company’s Carthage location employs 1,700 and focuses on poultry processing.

8. Wayne Sanderson Farms, Inc (Summit, MS)

In 1951, D.R. Sanderson and his two sons D.R. and Joe Frank started the Sanderson Brothers enterprise, later becoming Sanderson Brothers Farms. Today, Sanderson Farms, Inc is the state of Mississippi’s only Fortune 1000 company, engaged in the production and processing of poultry and other prepared food items.

9. Chevron Products Co. (Pascagoula, MS)

Chevron is a global energy corporation, headquartered in San Roman, CA with 44,679 employees worldwide. The company’s Pascagoula location focuses on petroleum refining and employs 1,600.

10. Modine Grenada, LLC (Grenada, MS)

Rounding out our top ten list is Modine Grenada, a producer of heat transfer coils, serving the replacement parts and OEM markets as well as coolers for the power industry. The company employs 1,500 at this location and 12,000 worldwide.

Interested in other states? Browse all of our state news here.

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Editor's Note: This article was originally published in May of 2021. It is updated annually to reflect new statistics on Mississippi's manufacturing sector. 


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