Residents and visitors to Poplarville may notice a large piece of equipment under construction at a facility located off of Highway 53 in town.?
With its bright red and blue paint mixed with bare steel, a two-million-pound dredge is under construction at the Poplarville location of DSC Dredge, LLC.
DSC President Bob Wetta said the company has been operating in the Poplarville area since its establishment in the mid-1980s and has other locations in Reserve, La and Greenbush, Mich.
While Reserve is the corporate headquarters and the facility where 74 of the company's 125 total employees punch the clock, Poplarville is where most of the structural fabrication for orders takes place before the dredge is sent to Reserve for final outfitting. Forty-five people work at the Poplarville facility and seven are employed at Greenbush, Wetta said.?
Currently, another 15 employees from Reserve are staying in rental housing in Poplarville while they assist with construction of the large dredge. When customers stop in Pearl River County to visit DSC Dredge, they typically stay at hotels in nearby Picayune, providing another boost to the local economy.?