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The key resources that Primary Metals businesses need to be successful are all available in the Entergy Region: sites with access to a trained workforce, proximity to customers, a transportation infrastructure including seven Class 1 rail lines, and reliable electricity at rates typically 20% lower than the national average.

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Job Growth in the Primary Metals Cluster

Entergy Region on Track to Outpace U.S. by 9.65%

*Source: EMSI 2015.3


Commercially Navigable Waterways in the Entergy Louisiana Service Territory


Rail Systems in the Entergy Mississippi Service Territory

Arkansas and Mississippi are Prime Locations for Primary Metals Businesses


15 Primary Metals Companies in the Entergy Arkansas Service Territory

“Arkansas ranks 8th in the nation for the cost of doing business.”
Area Development, 2018

Change in Job Growth in the Primary Metals Cluster from 2014-2019

Arkansas to Outpace U.S. by 14.59%

*Source: EMSI 2015.3

Affordable, Available Workforce

  • Workers in welding and metal fabrication-related occupations are expected to increase more than nine percent by 2024 to more than 8,000 in the Entergy Arkansas area.
  • Engineers are projected to increase more than five percent over the next five years in Entergy Arkansas territory.

Proximity to Customers

  • More than 100 metal fabrication establishments are located in the Entergy Arkansas territory.
  • Seven pipe and tube manufacturers are located in Arkansas
  • More than 120 transportation equipment manufacturers, likely customers of primary metals and aluminum, are located in Arkansas.

Transportation Infrastructure

  • Three Class 1 railroads serve the Entergy Arkansas territory, including Union Pacific, BNSF and Kansas City Southern.
  • Five commercially navigable waterways, including the Arkansas River, Mississippi River, Ouachita River, Red River and White River, provide additional transportation options.
  • Four major interstate highways traverse Arkansas, connecting to major population centers within a day’s drive
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6 Primary Metals Companies in the Entergy Mississippi Service Territory

Mississippi roadway system ranked 4th best in U.S. & best in South.

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Affordable, Available Workforce

Mississippi Manufacturing Wage Chart

  • Average wages in Entergy Mississippi territory are more than 30% lower than the U.S. average and nearly 36% lower in the manufacturing industry.
  • The Entergy Mississippi area’s workforce is nearly 600,000 strong, with 10 percent employed in manufacturing.

Proximity to Customers

  • Mississippi is home to two major automotive manufacturing assembly plants.
  • More than 150 transportation equipment manufacturing-related businesses are located in Entergy Mississippi territory.
  • Three steel companies are located in Mississippi.

Transportation Infrastructure

  • Mississippi has 28 rail systems including the following Class 1 carriers: Burlington Northern Railway, CSX Transportation, Canadian National Railway, Kansas City Southern Railroad and Norfolk Southern.
  • Bordering the state of Mississippi to the west, the Mississippi River begins in Minnesota and runs more than 2,000 miles south to the Gulf of Mexico. Six ports are located within the Entergy Mississippi territory with access to the Mississippi River.
  • Mississippi ports include the Port of Rosedale, Port of Greenville, Yazoo County Port, Port of Vicksburg, Port of Claiborne County and the Natchez-Adams County Port.
  • The Port of Memphis, the fifth largest inland port in the U.S., is located in adjacent Shelby County, Tennessee.
  • Mississippi’s highway system connects to essential regional markets including New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville and Atlanta with six interstates and 14 federal highways.
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