Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant

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Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant
Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant

Center: Stennis Space Center
Location: Hancock County, MS
Year Built: 1983
Historic Eligibility: Not currently eligible
Important Tests: Ammunition modernization


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[top] History

The Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant was one of the largest resident agencies to locate at Stennis Space Center, and the first and only ammunition plant built by the Army after the Korean War. It was first proposed in 1971, when the U.S. Army was engaged in a 12 year ammunition modernization program and required a large manufacturing complex. The decision was made to construct the facility in the then-undeveloped northern portion of the Stennis Space Center fee area, though it was not actually completed until 1983. The facility's primary mission was the manufacturing of a modern 155-mm artillery round. At the height of the plant's employment in 1989, it had 1,831 employees.

In 2009, the Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant was deactivated, as a result of 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission actions, and will ultimately revert to NASA ownership.

[top] Documents

1985 Historic American Engineering Record - Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant

1997 Herring - Way Station to Space: A History of the John C. Stennis Space Center

2009 Montgomery - Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant Deactivates

[top] Links

John C. Stennis Space Center home page

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