JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Entergy Nuclear, a Jackson-based division of Entergy Corporation, announced Thursday that it is expanding its workforce at the Jackson headquarters and at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station near Port Gibson.
The utility plans to add 250 jobs in Jackson and 70 at Grand Gulf.
Governor Phil Bryant and House Speaker Philip Gunn were among those present for the announcement at the Jackson facility, which is situated on a lake on Echelon Parkway in Jackson, near Interstate 220.
“We’ve talked about energy independence in the country for many years now," Bryant said. "We are there. In fact, we are exporters. But Entergy has helped lead the way in Mississippi, and I think that they will continue to do so now and into the future.”
Haley Fisackerly, president and CEO of Entergy Mississippi, said the jobs will attract highly skilled workers to the utility to be engineers, technicians, accountants, attorneys, and other positions.
“These are high-paying jobs," he said.
Grand Gulf is the largest single-unit nuclear power plant in the country. It opened in 1985 and is one of nine nuclear facilities operated by Entergy. All are monitored at the Jackson headquarters, which is being renovated to accommodate both the new hires and others who have transferred from other Entergy facilities.