Oil/Gas Field Services
Our Oil/Gas Cluster
- Wayne County was the #1 Oil producing county and #4 Natural Gas producing county in Mississippi last year
- We have more employees in the following sectors than the average US labor shed by the following percentages:
- 8,230% more Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operation Workers
- 1,149% more Oil and Gas Service Unit Operators
- 717% more Roustabouts
- 316% more Geological and Petroleum Technician Workers
- 282% more Rotary Drill Operators
- 254% more Petrochemical Manufacturing Workers
- 252% more Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction Employees
- 177% more Petroleum Engineers
- 176% more Derrick Operators
- 89% more Oil and Gas Pipeline Construction Workers
- 80% more Drilling Oil and Gas Well Workers
- 79% more Petroleum Refinery Workers
- We have seen growth in employees in our labor shed by the following percentages since 2011:
- 310% Petroleum Refinery Workers
- 53% Drilling Oil and Gas Well Workers
- 29% Oil and Gas Service Unit Operators
- 27% Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operation Workers
- 26% Petrochemical Manufacturing Workers
- 23% Roustabouts
- 19% Geological and Petroleum Technicians
- 17% Derrick Operators
- 17% Rotary Drill Operators
- 15% Petroleum Engineers
- Here are a few Oil/Gas related companies located in Wayne County:
- T.K. Stanley- rig moving, oilfield construction, roustabout services, and pipeline construction
- Kelley Brothers- oilfield construction
- American Midstream (traded on New York Stock Exchange)- operates a natural gas plant in Wayne County
- Tellus Operating Group- operates oil and gas wells in Wayne County
- Johnson Oil- services wells and distributes oil
- Union Oilfield Supply- supplies oil and gas industry
- Clark Oil- Gas and diesel fuel distributor
- Nalco Champion Chemical- provides chemical solutions and on-site services throughout the well life cycle and refinery and petrochemical process
- Coastal Chemical- Serves the upstream, midstream, and downstream segments of the oil and gas industry
Oil/Gas Companies in our Labor Shed
- 106 Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operation Companies
- 9 Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction Companies
- 7 Oil and Gas Pipeline Construction Companies
- 5 Drilling Oil and Gas Well Companies
- 2 Petroleum Refineries
- 1 Petrochemical Manufacturer
- There are no unionized facilities in Wayne County
- Mississippi is a Right-To-Work State
- We have the following numbers of skilled employees pertinent to Oil/Gas companies in our labor shed:
- 573 First Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
- 511 Oil and Gas Service Unit Operators
- 456 Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction Workers
- 384 Roustabouts
- 315 Chemical Equipment Operators
- 308 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
- 278 Chemical Plant and Systems Operators
- 171 Oil and Gas Pipeline Construction Workers
- 148 Mixing and Blending Machine Operators
- 112 Drilling Oil and Gas Well Workers
- 82 Petroleum Refinery Workers
- 70 Rotary Drill Operators
- 68 Petroleum Engineers
- 65 Chemical Technicians
- 54 Petrochemical Manufacturing Workers
- 43 Geological and Petroleum Technicians
- 42 Derrick Operators
- 38 Chemists
- Business Facilities Magazine ranked Mississippi the #1 state in the US for competitive labor costs.
- There are 13 temporary help service companies in the labor shed
Natural Gas Pipelines
- Wayne County is served by the Meridian Southern Railway, a shortline railroad.
- The Meridian Southern connects to the Class I Kansas City Southern Railway and the Norfolk Southern 40 miles from Wayne County in Meridian, Mississippi.
Deep Water Ports
Research & Development
- The following research and development centers and institutes pertinent to the Oil/Gas sector are located near Wayne County:
- Mississippi State's Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC) integrates studies relating to fuels, economics, policies, and feedstock research. Current SERC research focuses on bio-oil production, bio-crude oil, ligno-cellulosic conversion, feedstocks, and syngas-to-gasoline.
- Mississippi State University's Chemical Lab: provides the analytical data to assure quality, labeling, and safety of fertilizers, animal feeds, human foods, pesticides, and petroleum products in Mississippi. Click here to learn more:
Jones County Junior College
University of South Alabama
Mississippi State and University of Mississippi
University of Southern Mississippi
- Jones County Junior College offers a one-year advanced petroleum program featuring hands-on training with an oil-derrick tower. Training is offered in the maintenance and operations of generators, pumps, valves, and drilling functions for the oil industry.
- Mississippi State University's Division of Academic Outreach and Career Education offers Natural Gas Plant Operations and Oil Refinery Operations skilled trade courses.
- The Wayne County Campus of Jones Junior College campus features a customizable, plug and play workforce training area where industrial equipment may be placed into service on which to train employees.
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Primary and Secondary Education
Wayne County School District
- Selected by U.S. News and World Report as a "Professional Learning Community"
- Over 3,600 students
- 16:1 Student/Teacher ratio, the same as the state average
- $10,029 in Revenue per Student, higher than the state average
- Fastest growing private school in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (pre-K through 12th grade)
- ACS-CASI (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement) accreditated
Support Services within the Labor Shed
- 81 Commercial Banks
- 50 General Freight Trucking
- 44 Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Building Construction Companies
- 39 Electrical Contractors
- 32 Site Preparation Contractors
- 26 Industrial Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers
- 16 Computer Systems Design Services
- 13 Lumber, Plywood, Millwork and Wood Panel Merchant Wholesalers
- 13 Temporary Help Agencies
- 11 Industrial Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
- 11 General Warehousers
- 8 Machine Shops
- 8 Fabricated Structural Metal Manufacturers
- 6 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
- 5 Solid Waste Collectors
- 4 Sheet Metal Work Manufacturers
- 3 Industrial Gas Manufacturers
- 3 Construction Sand and Gravel Manufacturers
- 2 Plate Work Manufacturers
- 1 Hazardous Waste Treater and Disposer
- 1 Metal Coater
- 1 Metal Plater
- According to RSMeans Construction Cost Data, Wayne County is cheaper than the following:
- $20/sq. ft. cheaper than the US average to build a manufacturing facility, $27/sq. ft. cheaper to build an office, and $14/sq. ft. cheaper to build a warehouse
- $2/sq. ft. cheaper to build a manufacturing facility than in Mobile AL, $1/sq. ft. cheaper to build an office, and $1/sq. ft. cheaper to build a warehouse
- $3/sq. ft. cheaper to build a manufacturing facility than in Memphis, $4/sq. ft. cheaper to build an office, and $1/sq. ft. cheaper to build a warehouse
- $4/sq. ft. cheaper to build a manufacturing facility than in Birmingham AL, $5/sq. ft. cheaper to build an office, and $3/sq. ft. cheaper to build a warehouse
- $5/sq. ft. cheaper to build a manufacturing facility than in Nashville, $6/sq. ft. cheaper to build an office, and $3/sq. ft. cheaper to build a warehouse
- $7/sq. ft. cheaper to build a manufacturing facility than in Atlanta, $9/sq. ft. cheaper to build an office, and $5/sq. ft. cheaper to build a warehouse
- Mississippi's corporate income tax rate's top bracket of 5% is 9th lowest in the United States.
- Kiplinger ranked Mississippi the 4th best tax-friendly state for business in August, 2014.
- Mississippi has the 3rd lowest corporate unemployment tax rate for new employers in the United States
- Mississippi is tied for the lowest maximum corporate unemployment tax rate for employers in the United States
- The Mississippi legislature passed massive workers' comp reform in 2012 to satisfy Mississippi businesses
- Wayne County has no attainment issues for air permits.
- Local permits will be granted within 7 days of receipt (assuming paperwork is proper).
- The state of Mississippi offers one-stop permitting.
- CDBG- $20,000 per job up to $2.5 million per project. Must go towards drainage, water & sewer improvements, roads, bridges, rail spurs, or buildings.
- Rural Impact Grant Fund- maximum of $150,000 per project. Must go towards improvements of: building, land, utilities, drainage, or transportation facilities.
- Development Infrastructure Grant- maxium of $150,000 per project. Must go towards improvements of: building, land, utilities, drainage, or transportation facilities.
- Payroll Rebate- 4% of payroll rebated back to company for 10 years. Company must pay at least 110% of the average county wage.
Customized Training Cash
Customized workforce training is designed to meet a specific business need. It includes curriculum and material development as well as instruction. Funding is available through project agreements with the Community Colleges for Workforce Enhancement Training Fund administered by the Mississippi Community College Board. Appropriate financial documentation is required.
- Industry-Based Training – A business may be reimbursed for up to $35 per hour of training conducted by the industry for the industry when the college does not provide the training.
- Vendor Training – A business may be reimbursed for on-site vendor training costs at one-half of the daily cost, not to exceed $500 per day, with a 10-day limit per training area. Off-site vendor train-the-trainer costs may be reimbursed at a maximum of $500 per person for training registration. Such reimbursement may apply to no more than two (2) individuals to attend the same training area. Travel costs comply with project rules and limits. A business may be reimbursed for up to $20,000 per fiscal year for allowable, approved travel costs.
- Train-the-Trainer – A business may be reimbursed for limited travel costs associated with training employees in a discipline not currently available through the local community college. Such reimbursement may apply to no more than two (2) individuals to attend the same training in a non-production area and no more than four (4) individuals per production training area. Travel costs comply with project rules and limits. A business may be reimbursed from $10,000 to $15,000 per fiscal year for allowable, approved costs for domestic and international travel, respectively.
On-The-Job Training Cash
Mississippi’s Workforce Investment Network (WIN) Job Centers can help offset training costs for new employees through the WIN On-the-Job Training (OJT) activity. Businesses may be reimbursed for up to half of a new employee’s wages while the employee learns the job, on the job.
OJT Participant Criteria
New employees covered by an OJT agreement must be unemployed or underemployed as determined by the WIN Job Center.
- Reimbursement depends on the wages paid to new employees and the length of training.
- The length of training is negotiated based on the skills necessary to perform the job(s) and the new employees’ existing skills.
- Limited to no more than 50% of the total workforce or new hires.
- The maximum length of training is limited to no more than six months or 1040 hours.
- Businesses that relocate and lay off workers at another location may not receive an OJT for 120 days after relocating.
- Other OJT rules and record keeping requirements can be obtained from the WIN Job Center.
The community college and/or WIN Job Center will work with the company to develop and negotiate a training and service plan and funding agreement.
Tax Abatements & Credits
- Rural Economic Development Income Tax Credit- credit equal to the debt service on qualified industrial revenue bonds can be used to offset 80% of the state corporate tax liability for the life of the bond.
- Jobs Tax Credit- A credit of 5% of payroll per job used to offset up to 50% of a business's state income tax liability, unused credits may be carried forward for five years. Note, the company may takes this as a job training option in which $1,500 per job will be used to pay costs incurred in training employees.
- Industrial Property Tax Exemption- 10 year property tax exemption on local taxes except school taxes.
- Free Port Warehouse Property Tax Exemption- Full exemption from property taxes on personal property that is being held and stored prior to transport outside of Mississippi.
- Skills Income Tax Credit- tax credit of up to $2,500 per employee for training expenses
- Sales and Use Tax Exemption- sales and use tax exemption for new or expanding facilities.
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