Bryant: South Mississippi can benefit from state’s booming auto industry

Mississippi has gone from zero cars manufactured in the state to 2.2 million in just 13 years, Gov. Phil Bryant told the Southern Automotive Conference on Thursday at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino.

Most of the auto business is concentrated in north Mississippi but Bryant said, “I certainly think they will come” to South Mississippi.

“That’s one of the important reasons for the Port of Gulfport and the Port of Pascagoula,” he said. “We are talking to Toyota now that’s looking at exporting 7,500 of their automobiles to South America. We are the perfect location to be able to do that.”

He said Toyota has shipped from ports in Florida, but those cars could come through South Mississippi.

Sun Herald