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Hattiesburg hi-tech manufacturer expanding its facility

Hybrid Plastics is adding 10 new jobs and about 10,000 square feet of additional manufacturing space in Hattiesburg. Hybrid Plastics is adding 10 new jobs and about 10,000 square feet of additional manufacturing space in Hattiesburg.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg nanotech manufacturer whose products are used in coatings, personal care and the oil and gas industry is expanding its facility and adding several new jobs.

Hybrid Plastics, located in the Hattiesburg-Forrest County Industrial Park, is adding 10 new employees and about 10,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

The company is making the move because of increased demand for a liquid form of one of its chemicals called POSS (Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane) which provides enhancement to other polymer products.

"We have a very technical product and manufacturing is incredibly technical and precise these days, so it really does require a very high skill level," said Joe D. Lichtenhan, Ph.D., president/CEO of Hybrid Plastics. "And we are fortunate in Mississippi to have a number of universities to be able to recruit from," he said.

The company was founded in California about 15 years ago, but moved to the Hub City in 2004.

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