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Friday, September 06 2019

Jackson, MS -- Spectra Laboratories, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Care North America, the nation’s leading provider of kidney care products and services, broke ground on a 200,000-square-foot laboratory in Southaven. The project is expected to create more than 300 jobs over the next three years.
"The state of Mississippi is proud to partner with Spectra Laboratories as the company brings significant new job opportunities to DeSoto County," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "The health care industry is a prominent economic driver in our state, and Spectra Laboratories and its employees will positively impact the North Mississippi region and further strengthen our foothold in this important sector for years to come."
Fresenius Medical Care North America is a leading provider of kidney care products and services for individuals with chronic renal conditions. Spectra Laboratories offers renal-specific laboratory services, using state-of-the-art equipment, automated specimen processing and reporting applications. At Spectra’s new build-to-suit facility, which will be located in the Stateline Business Park, employees will conduct comprehensive testing, analysis and reporting to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.

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Monday, August 26 2019

Jackson, MS -- BancorpSouth Bank is increasing capacity at its Jackson Street Campus in Tupelo to accommodate the company's rapid growth. The project represents a corporate investment of more than $15 million and will create 100 jobs.
"Tupelo and the North Mississippi region have experienced significant job gains and new capital investment in recent years," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "BancorpSouth's expansion and addition of 100 new jobs continue that momentum while demonstrating the company's faith in the area's workforce and commitment to the Tupelo community."
BancorpSouth's Jackson Street Campus is designated as a data and information processing center by the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). It houses the bank's core data infrastructure, including its mainframe hardware and software, open system server and network routing systems. The campus' employees perform customer accounting, payment and information processing.

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Tuesday, August 20 2019

Jackson, MS -- Boat manufacturer Avid Boats is locating a new production facility in Amory. The project is a $1.6-million corporate investment and will create 75 jobs.

"Manufacturing is a strong economic driver in North Mississippi," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "Avid Boats' decision to locate in Amory and create 75 new manufacturing jobs further strengthens the state's foothold in this important sector while helping create a stronger, more vibrant community for the residents of Monroe County."

Avid Boats is a start-up company. Its leadership was previously involved with two other successful boat manufacturing companies. The company is locating in the 80,000-square-foot facility formerly occupied by CPI Packaging, Inc., where employees will produce 17- to 23-foot aluminum bass and center console bay boats.

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Tuesday, May 21 2019

Jackson, MS -- Plastic housewares manufacturer United Solutions is increasing production in Sardis, making a corporate investment of $9.5 million and creating 50 jobs.

"United Solutions' expansion is great news for Panola County. Fifty new job opportunities for the people of Sardis and the surrounding area will strengthen the region's economy and manufacturing presence while helping build more vibrant communities for years to come," Gov. Phil Bryant said.

United Solutions’ expansion will enable the company to meet the demands of two additional product lines. At its manufacturing facility, the company is investing in new equipment and building renovations. United Solutions also is purchasing a warehouse in Sardis to free up space currently being used for storage in its manufacturing facility.

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Tuesday, April 30 2019

Jackson, MS -- Mississippi-based coffee roaster Southern Coffee Services is expanding its operations in Lexington. The project is a $2-million corporate investment and will create 55 jobs.

“Southern Coffee Services is a homegrown Mississippi company that takes pride in its products, its community and providing job opportunities for the residents of Holmes County. I commend the Southern Coffee team for strengthening its roots in Lexington and look forward to the company’s continued success in our state,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.

Southern Coffee Services is expanding into a facility in Holmes County that will enable future growth, as well as the development and training of its workforce. The new location will serve as the company’s roasting and distribution center. Southern Coffee Services’ original facility has been converted to its online roastery, which packs ground coffee and single-serve cups for website and grocery sales.

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Tuesday, October 09 2018

Jackson, MS — Automotive supplier Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi is increasing production in Lee County, investing $100 million and creating 50 jobs.

“Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi’s growth in Lee County is strong indicator the state’s automotive industry continues to gain momentum and will be a major economic driver in North Mississippi and throughout the state,” Governor Phil Bryant said.

A Tier 1 automotive supplier located in Guntown, APMM produces stamped auto parts, body weld parts and plastic parts. The company’s expansion accommodates increased production for the 2019 Toyota Corolla, which is produced at Toyota Mississippi in Blue Springs. APMM, which is owned by Toyota Auto Body Co., LTD, is retooling its facility and investing in workforce training.

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Tuesday, July 10 2018

Jackson, MS — Contract sheet metal fabricator Hawkeye Industries is expanding in Tupelo, Miss. The expansion accommodates increased production demand for the company’s core business technologies, as well as its entrance into the high volume laser processing of tubing market. The project is a $3 million corporate investment and creates 10 jobs.

“For more than two decades, Hawkeye Industries has enjoyed success at its Lee County location. Our skilled, dedicated workforce and the fact we are a hard-working manufacturing state allows manufacturing companies like Hawkeye to pursue growth opportunities and create high-tech jobs in North Mississippi,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.

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Tuesday, June 26 2018

Golden Triangle, MS -– Steel Dynamics, Inc. announced plans to expand its offering of value-added flat roll steel products through the addition of a new galvanizing line in Columbus, Mississippi. The company plans to invest more than $200 million and create 45 new jobs over three years, adding a third galvanizing line at its Columbus Flat Roll Division.

“Since our acquisition of Columbus in late 2014, the team has done a tremendous job transforming the through-cycle earnings capability of this facility. This wave of investment is the next step in our vision,” said Mark D. Millett, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Tuesday, June 12 2018

Jackson, MS — Leading industrial supply company Fastenal is locating a distribution center in Madison County, Mississippi. The project is an $11.5 million investment and will create 60 jobs over the next three years. 

“Fastenal’s decision to locate in Mississippi shows we have the right tools for global companies to grow their operations. The state’s skilled workforce and logistical advantages make Mississippi a top destination for any company looking to accelerate their business,” Governor Phil Bryant said.

Fastenal provides companies with fasteners, tools and supplies needed to manufacture products, build structures and maintain facilities and equipment. The new 129,000-square-foot Madison County distribution center, the company’s 15th in North America, will be located off of Sowell Road.

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Monday, April 30 2018

Golden Triangle, MS — Peco Foods CEO Mark Hickman announced that the company is locating in the existing 185,000-square-foot warehouse formerly occupied by AmeriCold. The facility is located in West Point, Mississippi, on 37 acres strategically located near interstate and major rail corridors. The location will provide freezer, cooler and working space to enable the company to serve its extensive customer base, which includes national restaurant chains. The investment totals $40 million and will create 300 jobs in the area.  

“The addition of the West Point facility to the Peco Foods’ portfolio and the creation of so many new jobs for the people of the Golden Triangle Region demonstrate how existing companies in our state benefit from our productive workforce and prime location in the fastest growing region of the U.S.,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.

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Tuesday, May 30 2017

Jackson, MS -- Northrop Grumman is adding a mix of new work to its Unmanned Systems facility in Jackson County, including sub-assembly work for the F-35 program. This $3.7 million investment will create 60 jobs in the coming years.

“This reinforces Northrop Grumman’s commitment to Jackson County, solidifies the company’s position as a leader in the aerospace and defense industries, and strengthens Mississippi’s standing in the Southeast Aerospace Alliance,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.

Moss Point is an important manufacturing center for Northrop Grumman, where Gulf Coast employees manufacture rotary and fixed-wing autonomous systems, such as Fire Scout and Triton, and now manned platforms, which support the United States and its global allies. The company celebrated its 10-year anniversary in Moss Point in 2016.

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Wednesday, April 19 2017

Jackson, MS — As a testament to the skilled workforce and welcoming business climate found in Lowndes County, New Process Steel is expanding its footprint in Columbus, investing $7.5 million and creating 50 jobs.

“The Golden Triangle Region’s economic growth over the last few years continues to set the precedent for companies like New Process to expand and create new jobs for the area’s workforce,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “The company has been an asset to the region’s economy for many years, and I am pleased its leadership will continue to invest in Mississippi and its people.”
New Process is a one-of-a-kind metals solutions business focused on value-add, lean transformation, supply chain excellence, capital efficiency and environmental stewardship. New Process will construct a new rail spur and access road and expand its existing facility in Columbus.

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Wednesday, August 31 2016

Golden Triangle, MS -- Plum Creek Environmental Technologies, manufacturer and distributor of waste and recycling containers and equipment, is expanding in North Mississippi, investing $825,000 and creating 50 jobs.

“I appreciate the Plum Creek team for bringing 50 new jobs to the people of North Mississippi by expanding to accommodate the company’s growth,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “When companies choose to expand in our state, they are demonstrating to the world that Mississippi has the competitive advantage needed for success in today’s dynamic marketplace.”

Plum Creek was founded in 2007 in Columbus, Miss., and has since outgrown its production facility. The company is expanding into a larger facility previously occupied by Long Branch in West Point, Miss.

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Friday, June 10 2016

Jackson, MS -- Officials from industrial general contractor BMSI Inc. announced the company is creating 100 jobs and investing $6 million in new manufacturing operations in Burnsville.

"Tishomingo County has experienced significant economic growth in recent months," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "I am pleased to continue the momentum as BMSI becomes the newest member of the Northeast Mississippi business community."

BMSI will locate in an existing 20,000-square-foot spec building at Yellow Creek Port South, with plans to expand it to 30,000 square feet. The Burnsville facility will feature a state-of-the-art fabrication shop used to manufacture specialty products for the Department of Defense and commercial restaurant equipment. BMSI will also offer plant support for maintenance, structural welding/fabrication and process piping.

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Friday, March 25 2016
Mississippi Silicon Celebrates Grand Opening of Facility in Burnsville

Burnsville, Mississippi — Governor Phil Bryant and officials from Mississippi Silicon gathered today to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s new silicon metal production facility in Burnsville, Miss., in Tishomingo County. The project, which was announced in January 2014, represents a corporate investment of $200 million and the creation of 200 jobs.

“I appreciate the team at Mississippi Silicon for choosing a Mississippi location and creating so many new jobs in the region. This facility will generate a significant effect on the area’s economy, and its opening is a testament to the coordinated teamwork of state and local economic developers,” Governor Bryant said. “I know the region’s workforce will produce world-class results, ensuring Mississippi Silicon enjoys many successful years in our state.”

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Monday, February 08 2016
  • Production of commercial vehicle tires for North America
  • Commitment for long term investment totaling approximately $1.4 billion and providing 2,500 jobs
  • Project is part of the growth strategy of leading technology company Continental

Jackson, MS -- The leading technology company Continental has selected a site in Mississippi for a new plant to drive the future growth of its tire business in the North American market. Continental Tire the Americas, LLC (CTA) has reached an agreement with the state of Mississippi to purchase a site for the construction of a commercial vehicle tire plant. Continental has committed for a long term investment totaling approximately $1.4 billion and employing 2,500 people when the plant reaches full capacity in the next decade. The new manufacturing facility will be located at a greenfield site in Hinds County off of Interstate 20, two miles from Clinton and 20 miles from Jackson.  

“The project in Hinds County, Mississippi, is part of our global growth strategy. In a first step the new plant is especially addressing our commitment to grow our commercial vehicle tire business in North America,” said Nikolai Setzer, Continental’s Executive Board Member for the Tire business. “The announcement of a new tire plant in the U.S. is the second in just five years for Continental. We thank the state of Mississippi, Hinds County and the City of Clinton and Governor Bryant for his leadership in bringing us to the Jackson area, and we look forward to a strong business relationship for years to come.”

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Wednesday, December 23 2015
American Furniture Opening Manufacturing Facility in Amory, Miss.

Jackson, MS -- Officials from American Furniture announced today the company has expanded its footprint in Mississippi by locating manufacturing operations in Amory in Monroe County. The project represents a corporate investment of $560,000 and the creation of 140 jobs. American Furniture has existing manufacturing operations in Ecru, Miss., where the company has 757 employees.

For the expansion, American Furniture is locating six manufacturing lines in the 130,000-square-foot facility most recently occupied by Madison House Furniture. The company will also use part of the building for warehousing and distribution.

“Mississippi’s furniture manufacturing industry has experienced significant growth over the past year, and American Furniture’s expansion into Amory is a good indicator that momentum will continue in the coming year. Additionally, the company’s expansion speaks volumes about the state’s supportive business climate and skilled workforce,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “I thank the American Furniture team for creating so many jobs for the residents of Monroe County and for their ongoing commitment to the state of Mississippi.”

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Thursday, April 30 2015

Jackson, MS -- Ray Balentine recently joined global engineering, consulting and planning firm Michael Baker International as office executive for its Jackson, Mississippi office.

Balentine brings a deep history of more than 37 years of engineering and planning experience to this role. Prior to joining Michael Baker International, Balentine served as director of intermodal planning for the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and has also worked as a consulting engineer with both national and regional firms. While at MDOT, his divisions were recognized with three American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) awards for excellence.

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