Announcement also marks Byant's 100th day as governor
NATCHEZ, Miss -- Governor Phil Bryant (R-Miss) marked his 100th day in office by making an economic development in Adams County. Bryant joined officials from two companies, The Blain Companies and Fores Canada, Inc., to announce a business agreement that will create 60 new energy-releated jobs in Natchez.
The two companies are partnering to produce and strenghten frac sand. Frac sand is used by the oil and gas industry for hydraulic fracturing of conventional and unconventional reservoirs, such as shale wells, to enhance oil and natural gas recovery.
"I applaud Blain for expanding its Mississippi operations and am pleased to welcome Fores to our state," Bryant said. "Together, these two companies are creating 60 jobs for the residents of southwest Mississippi. I am grateful for their confidence in our workforce and their investment in our state, and they will play a vital role in expanding our energy economy."
Blain, which currently maintains quarry operations in Natchez, is expanding with the launch of a new business division, Magnolia Frac Sand LLC. The new company will produce frac sand for Fores Canada Inc.'s new division, Fores Frac Sand LLC, to be located in Natchez. Another new division of Fores Canada Inc., Fores Resin Coat LLC, will strengthen some of the frac sand by coating it with resin.
Fores is also installing a handling facility and loading and storage facility in Natchez. Blain is inventing $7 million in Magnolia Frac Sand, and Fores is investing $27 million into its Mississippi entry.
Bryant says today's announcement is the type of story he'd like the members of his new Mississippi Works committee to share as they spread the word about Mississippi's attractiveness as a business-friendly state.
"Mississippi works, plain and simple," Bryant said. "I ask companies all the time why they choose Mississippi, and the answer is always the same: our state has a pro-business atmosphere, and Mississippians are hard workers who make excellent employees."
Bryant said during his inagural address that his first job was to make sure every Mississippian that wanted a job had a job, and during his first 100 days in office, the governor has worked to ensure that Mississippi establishes a pro-growth climate.