New jobs are coming to Neshoba County. Defense contractor AAI Corporation and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will team up to provide aviation-related ground support equipment for U.S. Army helicopters.
"This new partnership will bring jobs to Mississippi while supporting the needs of our nation's military. I believe our infrastructure, quality of life and trained and ready workforce in Mississippi will be attractive to other industries as they witness the success of AAI and the Choctaws," Pickering said. "Meanwhile, we continue the Mississippi tradition of completing the full military package: research and development of weapons systems, building those resources and training our troops, many of whom are Mississippi volunteers and some of the best soldiers in our armed forces."
The number of jobs has not been specified.
According to a news release from Pickering, earlier this year the Army awarded applied Geo Technologies, an MBCI Corporation, a five-year, $29 million contract to develop and manufacture modernized aviation ground support equipment systems at the Mississippi based Choctaw facilities.
AAI will provide preliminary design and development for the systems.