GULFPORT -- They look like space ships being assembled near the north fence of the Port of Gulfport.
Instead they are hoppers -- giant funnels -- that are being placed in the bottom of the large silos recently constructed for Chemours Co.
Twelve of the 40-foot-wide hoppers and three 65-foot-wide hoppers are being built and installed.
Mid South Industrial Inc. of Bells, Tenn., is assembling the hoppers for Continental Construction Inc. of Memphis, the company building the silos on the south end of the port's West Pier.
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Project manager Jim McKnight of Continental said they're on schedule to complete the hoppers by April.
The completed silos will store ilmenite, a titanium-iron oxide mineral, for Chemours Co., formerly known as DuPont.