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Press Release

Commerce Department Investment Supports Manufacturing and Job Creation in Tunica County, Mississippi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1.9 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to Tunica County, Miss., and the Tunica County Utility District to help build water and sewer system improvements to support a new manufacturing facility. The project is expected to create 85 jobs and generate $31 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

"A strong manufacturing sector is critical to our nation's economic competitiveness," Locke said. "This EDA grant will provide the critical infrastructure improvements needed to support a major manufacturing facility and training center in Tunica."

The Schulz Xtruded Products facilities will be located on a 100-acre site near the intersection of Mississippi Highway 304 and Kirby Road. Products manufactured at the Germany-based stainless steel pipe products plant will include a bonded, seamless clad pipe used in the oil and gas production process.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov):

This year, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) marks 45 years of public service, with a mission of leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that partners with distressed communities throughout the United States to foster job creation, collaboration and innovation.