Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula
For more than 75 years, the more than 12,000 employees of Ingalls Shipbuilding facilities have pioneered the development and production of technologically advanced, highly capable warships for the surface Navy fleet, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, and foreign and commercial customers. Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, with 800 acres and 11,000 employees, is the largest manufacturing employer in Mississippi and a major contributor to the economic growth of the state.
Avondale Shipyard, Avondale
Avondale Shipyard in Avondale, La., has a rich and colorful 70-year-old history in Jefferson Parish and remains a legendary and prodigious presence in the world of shipbuilding today. The company was founded as Avondale Marine Ways in 1938 at the site of an abandoned railroad ferry crossing no longer in use as a result of the construction of the Huey P. Long Railroad Bridge across the Mississippi River. This original location on the west bank of Jefferson Parish remains the present site of the 268-acre shipyard, about 10 miles upriver from downtown New Orleans. Today, Avondale is the largest private manufacturing employer in Louisiana with about 4,800 employees and represents nearly $1 billion of economic impact to the state.
Throughout more than seven decades of continuous operation Avondale has produced more than 300 ships and vessels and amassed unmatched experience in designing, engineering, constructing and maintaining a diverse group of military and commercial vessels.