Pipeline construction and maintenance company Progressive Pipeline announced Thursday it is expanding in Meridian. The project is a $5.143-million corporate investment and will create 25 jobs.
“East Mississippi is primed for economic growth with its ideal location, skilled workforce and support of local and regional officials who work together to help companies like Progressive Pipeline grow and create jobs in our state,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.
Progressive Pipeline provides complete construction services for the installation and maintenance of gas and liquid pipeline systems. The company’s expansion is the result of its continued growth and success and need to acquire, refurbish or build a new facility to serve as its corporate headquarters. Progressive Pipeline currently employs more than 300 workers in Mississippi.
“Progressive is pleased that the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation, the city of Meridian, Lauderdale County and the Mississippi Development Authority came together as a team to support our goals and vision to locate and develop our new corporate headquarters in downtown Meridian,” said Progressive Pipeline President Mike Castle, Jr. “Our investment into the community and downtown Meridian will have a lasting impact to the future of the Progressive family and the revitalization efforts of downtown. We could not be happier than to be a part of all the great and exciting things happening in our downtown.”
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for building renovations. Progressive Pipeline also qualifies for the Advantage Jobs Rebate program, which provides a cash rebate to eligible businesses that create new jobs that meet or exceed the average annual wage of the state or the county in which the company locates. Lauderdale County and the city of Meridian will provide ad valorem tax exemptions in support of the project.
“Mississippians are well known as people who take pride in a job well done so leading companies like Progressive Pipeline have a workforce advantage that enables them to achieve their goals in our state,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “We salute the teamwork of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation, Lauderdale County and the City of Meridian which, together with MDA, was instrumental in bringing dozens of new jobs to Mississippians in Lauderdale County.”
Progressive Pipeline expects to complete the building renovations by late 2020 and fill the 25 new jobs by the end of 2021.