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Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant

Mississippi AAP is on the northern portion of Stennis Space Center, NASA' s National Space Technology Laboratories facility. There are three separate manufacturing com-plexes: the Projectile Metal Parts area, the Cargo Metal Parts area, and the Load, Assemble and Pack area, plus support and administrative facilities. The site has 4,337 acres and 15 buildings. In 2005, however, DoD recommended to close Mississippi AAP in its BRAC Recommendations (see below for details).

Mississippi AAP was the first and only ammunition plant to be built by the Army after the Korean War. It is capable of producing 120,000 packaged rounds per month of the 15-mm M483Al projectile, an improved conventional munition (ICM). In 1990, production ceased on the M483Al projectile, and the plant is now inactive.

The facility is operated by Mason Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Mason and Hanger-Silas Co., Inc.

Current tenants include: Planning Systems Inc., Power Dynamics Inc., Sverdrup Technical Services Division, Versa Tech Company, National Computer Services, Coastal Precision Machine, Inc., U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office, Western Trading Manufacturing Inc., and Global Environmental Services, L.L.C.

BRAC 2005

In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to close Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant, MS. It would relocate the 155MM ICM artillery metal parts functions to Rock Island Arsenal, IL. There were 4 sites within the Industrial Base producing Metal Parts. To remove excess from the Industrial Base, the closure would allow DoD to generate efficiencies and nurture partnership with multiple sources in the private sector.

The total estimated one-time cost to the Department of Defense to implement this recommendation would be $32.4M. The net of all costs and savings to the Department during the implementation period would be a cost of $10.8M. Annual recurring savings to the Department after implementation would be $5.1M with a payback expected in 7 years. The Net Present Value of the costs and savings to the Department over 20 years would be a savings of $38.6M. Assuming no economic recovery, this recommendation could result in a maximum potential reduction of 88 jobs (54 direct jobs and 34 indirect jobs) over the 2006 - 2011 period in the Picayune, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area (0.5 percent). Environmentally, this recommendation would have potential impact to water resources at Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant. The installation had both domestic and industrial wastewater treatment plants that might require closure. This recommendation would require spending approximately $1.4M for environmental compliance activities. Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant reports $2.3M in environmental restoration costs, which the Department has a legal obligation to perform environmental restoration regardless of whether a base is closed, realigned, or remains open.



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