Skip to content

The Top Industries in Mississippi: A State on the Rise

Mississippi is the heart of the south. This growing state has a range of industries that fuel economic growth and opportunity. From aerospace and automotive manufacturing to logistics and agriculture, Mississippi's skilled workforce and supportive infrastructure make it a prime destination for business. Let's dive into some of the key sectors driving Mississippi's economic momentum, with a spotlight on specific cities, companies, and programs.

Aerospace Industry: Reaching New Heights

Mississippi's aerospace industry is taking flight, with cities like Tupelo and Columbus emerging as key hubs for innovation and manufacturing. Tupelo is home to General Atomics while Columbus has Aurora Flight Sciences, now a Boeing company.  Companies in these areas benefit from a strategic location and access to robust transportation networks, including the Golden Triangle Regional Airport.

Educational institutions like Mississippi State University's Raspet Flight Research Laboratory in Starkville play a pivotal role in nurturing talent and driving research in aerospace engineering, ensuring a steady pipeline of skilled professionals for the industry.


Automotive Manufacturing: Driving Forward

Canton stands at the forefront of Mississippi's automotive manufacturing sector, attracting giants like Nissan while Blue Springs is home to Toyota where a team of 2,400 employees assembly Toyota Corollas. With state-of-the-art facilities and a skilled workforce, Canton's automotive industry continues to expand, bolstered by its proximity to major transportation arteries like Interstate 55 and the Port of Gulfport. 

Mississippi's commitment to workforce development, exemplified by programs at Hinds Community College in Raymond, ensures that the automotive sector has access to a pool of highly trained individuals ready to meet industry demands. We recently published a detailed review of Where the Top US Automotive Manufacturing Plants Located & Why?


Logistics and Distribution: Delivering More

Mississippi's central location and comprehensive transport network make it a top choice for logistics and distribution. Major companies like ABB in Senatobia and Hitachi in Crystal Springs highlight the state's ability to efficiently connect businesses across the U.S. With its extensive roads, including six interstates, Mississippi offers easy access to national markets, simplifying operations for firms at every scale.


Agriculture: Sowing Seeds of Success

Clarksdale is located in the Mississippi Delta and epitomizes the state's rich agricultural heritage. Known for its cotton, soybeans, and catfish farming, Clarksdale's agriculture sector is a pillar of the local economy.

Through initiatives like those led by Mississippi State University's Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, Clarksdale's farmers have access to cutting-edge research and resources to enhance productivity and sustainability.

sowing prosperity

Chemicals: Innovation in Pascagoula

Pascagoula, situated on the Gulf Coast, is home to Mississippi's burgeoning chemical industry. With companies like Chevron Phillips Chemical calling the area home. The Chevron plant has been open since 1963.

Educational institutions such as the University of Southern Mississippi's School of Polymer Science and Engineering in Hattiesburg contribute to the advancement of chemical research and innovation, driving growth in the sector.


Advanced Manufacturing: Building Excellence

Columbus, located in northeast Mississippi, is a hub for advanced metals and materials manufacturing. With companies like Steel Dynamics and Severstal, Columbus benefits from a skilled workforce and access to key transportation routes like the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula is one of the largest manufacturing employers in the state employing over 10,000 people.

Institutions like The Mississippi Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (MS FAME), Mississippi Gulf Coast Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center (AMTC), and Meridian Community College Precision Machining Engineering Technology program are keys to creating the skilled and ambitious workforce that manufacturers in Mississippi need to succeed. 


That's a Wrap

Mississippi is bustling with diverse industries from aerospace to agriculture, each thriving through a combination of location, infrastructure, and a dedicated, skilled workforce. The state's educational and training programs ensure that industries have a continuous influx of knowledgeable professionals ready to drive growth. With its rich industry mix and supportive economic environment, Mississippi stands poised as a dynamic leader in fostering business development and innovation.