GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – State officials will announce a new tenant for the Port of Gulfport Monday.
The new company, which officials declined to name in advance, will be announced only days after Chiquita Brands International said it was returning its banana importing business to New Orleans after decades in Gulfport. Chiquita, one of Gulfport’s top tenants, employs about 100 full-time and part-time workers there.
Officials said last week the new tenant could bring more jobs than will be lost with Chiquita.
Mississippi agreed to preserve 1,300 jobs and create another 1,300 in exchange for $581 million in federal money to rebuild and expand the port after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina wrecked port facilities. Port officials have turned toward recruiting industrial rather than shipping tenants to try to reach required job numbers.