BURNSVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — Mississippi Silicon cut the ribbon today for the grand opening of its silicon metal manufacturing facility.
The metal silicon plant is the first of its kind to be built in the United States in the last 40 years.
Governor Phil Bryant thinks this will help promote Mississippi internationally.
“The first one to since the 1970s was built here in Mississippi in Tishomingo County that word will spread around the world,” said Governor Bryant.
The grand opening comes almost two years after ground was broken on the Burnsville facility.
CEO of The Rima Group Ricardo Vincintin and his partners chose Mississippi over three different locations in South America and Canada.
The difference is the amount of natural resources close the Magnolia State used in making silicon metal.
Another reason, the Tombigbee Waterway runs close to the facility.
“We have several customers that will be supplied by the Tombigbee Waterway,” said Vincintin.
Vincintin says only one of Mississippi Silicon’s customer won’t get silicon from the waterway.
Burnsville Mayor David Nixon says the town had been looking forward to this $200 million facility.
It’s the first big project in the 900 industrial park.