Saturday, March 5, 2016

About those jobs on the coast.....

Anita Lee reported in a Sun-Herald blog post that a company just won some nice incentives from the legislature to create jobs on the Gulf Coasts has been laying off workers at its Gulf Coast operations.  Ms. Lee reported:

While state officials announced with much fanfare a deal that is supposed to create 1,000 jobs on the Coast at a new company, Topship, they've been mum about layoffs at a sister company, Gulf Ship.

I'm trying to find out just how many people Gulf Ship employs and just how many have been recently laid off. If you have been laid off recently by Gulf Ship, or know of someone who has, I'd love to hear from you. You can email me at

Gulf Ship employed about 600 workers when the oil industry was booming, but was down to 300 employees a few months back, according to Bill Hessell, executive director of the Harrison County Development Commission. Hessell said he hasn't checked Gulf Ship's employment figures lately.

Both Topship and Gulf Ship, which opened in Gulfport in 2006, are subsidiaries of Edison Chouest Offshore. ECO was founded in 1960 in the little town of Galliano, La., and is today a major player in the global transportation industry.

Gulf Ship builds supply boats for the oil industry. Topship also plans to build vessels for the oil industry. CEO Gary Chouest said specific plans for Topship manufacturing are still being finalized...

Gulf Ship gets a tax break from the county. Topship is receiving a bundle of tax incentives, breaks and government funding – $11 million from the state, $25 million of the port's federal funds for Katrina relief.

I sent a list of questions about Topship and Gulf Ship to the deal's broker, the Mississippi Development Authority, on Wednesday. Still waiting to hear back. Rest  of post


Anonymous said...

The money has been made by the establishment lobbyist and their PAC buddies.

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable! So, basically, in order to continue harvesting 'Incentives Dollars', one can simply shift 'jobs' between "sister companies"?

Anonymous said...

That is the Ms. way. Some of the incentives dollars end up in the pockets of people not associated with the company.

Anonymous said...

sucking the 'sugar teat' of the government. i just love the way "R"'s roll in this state..

i'd like free money too..

Anonymous said...

Check the latest sponsor lists for Republican candidates and you'll see all these names. Did the Walker's get any of these incentives?

Anonymous said...

Feel, Feel and Tater are priceless.

If you lay off employees, then they will give you our money.

Glad we still have a reporter who will risk her career to get the facts.

Anonymous said...

This is just as bad as EITC

Anonymous said...

And to finish it all off, no one really cares.

Anonymous said...

I call BULLSHIT on this one.If this company had a large contract in hand to produce something and was going to do it in Gulfport at this subsidized site that would be one thing. This is mere speculation with the taxpayers money.The interview with the CEO confirms what I am saying.He was not certain of anything except the amount of money the taxpayers would contribute.His other Gulfport operation(s) are just down the street.The largest port of the future expansion without the right depth channel to get marine traffic in and out shell games continue.

OJT said...

Forty years ago a union plant up north could close down and move to the south and get an On-Job-Training program to train new workers and the government reimbursed fifty % of the employee's wages. Happened with regularity. The upside was, it de-nutted a union plant and gave folks in the south a job.

Anonymous said...'s the "BIGGEST JOB CREATION BILL IN THE HISTORY OF THE STATE!" Your will not deny me my talking point, KF.

Anonymous said...

As soon as it was announced several people on the Coast ran up the flag and cried foul... Biloxi politics uncensored on facebook was one of them....Plibilly and Co have this sort of taxpayer fleecing down to a science.

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