Manufacturing company to create 75 new jobs

Published 11:16 am Tuesday, August 9, 2011

NATCHEZ — State and local leaders announced this morning that Enerfab, an equipment manufacturing firm, will open a Natchez plant, creating 75 new jobs and retaining approximately 25 existing jobs.

The Natchez company, which will be known as Enersteel, will be located at the facility formerly operated by Dynasteel. Much of Dynasteel’s existing workforce will be retained. Entersteel has a sales office in Memphis.

Enerfab President Jeffrey P. Hock said the Cincinnati-based company was founded under a different name in 1901 as a brewing company. In the early 1980s, Enerfab expanded into petrochemicals, construction and fabrication.

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The company has built equipment used by beer companies Miller and Anheuser-Busch. It also supplies the orange juice industry.

“If you have ever consumed not-from-concentrate juice, you have probably touched our product,” he said.

The Natchez facility will specialize in fabricated steel plate products, including storage tanks and pressure vessels for industrial process markets. It will also produce duct work and other major air quality control components for the power generation industry.

Officials from the Mississippi Development Authority, Natchez Inc. and the local governments spoke at the announcement on the Natchez bluff.

“This is our second major announcement of much-needed jobs and investments,” Natchez Inc. Board Chairwoman Sue Stedman said.

Stedman said Natchez Inc. learned of the opportunity to recruit the company in April and has been quickly and actively pursuing it since then.

Enerfab is expected to spend nearly $7 million to re-purpose the Dynasteel facility. Enersteel will have a $4 million annual payroll and 100 employees, Stedman said.

Stedman said the industry should create 150 indirect jobs, annually spreading $10 million across the local economy.

Officials said access to the Mississippi River through the Adams County Port was an incentive for the company.