The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 3/12/9

Dan Murphy, the chief executive officer of Alliant Technologies, said he received phone calls from political leaders of one state when his company was looking to expand.

On Wednesday, one of those leaders signed legislation that will provide ATK $25 million in bonds to improve its Iuka plant, which will make composite frame and engine components for a new generation of commercial aircraft.

“We were in discussions with about eight different states,” Murphy said Wednesday during Gov. Haley Barbour’s bill-signing ceremony. “One state’s political leaders took the effort to call me personally.”

Murphy said he was called not only by Barbour, but by both U.S. Republican Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker. He also met with U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, a Democrat whose district includes Iuka.