Quality Beverage is expanding its operations in Lowndes County. The project is a $10.25 million corporate investment that will create 31 new jobs.
Quality Beverage is a leading private-label manufacturer of dispensed beverage concentrates, syrups and sweeteners for the food and beverage industry. The expansion will include the construction of a 50,000-square-foot beverage syrup facility in Golden Triangle Industrial Aerospace Park. The new facility will house manufacturing, R&D and distribution operations for the company.
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance through the Mississippi Flexible Tax Incentive, or MFLEX. The Golden Triangle Development LINK and the Lowndes County Industrial Development Authority also have worked with the company to develop this expansion project.
Construction is slated to begin in early 2024 with the goal of plant operations beginning in January 2025.
“In Mississippi, we’re committed to building the ideal environment for businesses and workers to thrive and prosper. Projects like this one further enhance our strong reputation as a top destination for business. I thank the Quality Beverage team for choosing to expand in Mississippi and look forward to seeing the benefits this investment will generate throughout the Golden Triangle Region.” – Gov. Tate Reeves
“MDA strives to provide a supportive business environment that encourages growth so companies like Quality Beverage have a strong foundation on which to create economic opportunities in their communities for not only the local workforce, but also for future generations of Mississippians. This expansion is a sterling example of an existing Mississippi company finding the formula needed for continued growth and success right here at home.” – MDA Deputy Executive Director Laura Hipp
“We are grateful to the Mississippi Development Authority and the GTR LINK for their assistance with this project. Joe Max and his team have been a pleasure to work with and were instrumental in bringing this project to fruition during this period of transformative growth at our company. Columbus and Lowndes County have always been home, and with the LINK’s assistance, we were able to identify a site where our new operations will deliver significant additional manufacturing capacity for our customer partners and, most importantly, a best-in-class facility for our dedicated, hard-working employees.” – Quality Beverage President Brad Earwood
“The Golden Triangle Development LINK is always excited to land a company that will bring jobs and investment to our area. However, when a homegrown company chooses to expand and create new jobs and investment, it is both thrilling and rewarding. We are so pleased that Quality Beverage has done just that.” – GTR LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins
“Agracel is excited to be partnering with another company in the Golden Triangle. The region and Quality Beverage have been incredible partners to us. We are looking forward to delivering a facility that Quality Beverage will be proud of for many years to come.” – Agracel, Inc. Regional Development Director Clayton McKinnon
About Mississippi Development Authority
Mississippi Development Authority is the state’s lead economic and community development agency. MDA focuses on new business recruitment, existing business expansion, workforce training, and tourism promotion. For more information, visit MDA’s website at mississippi.org.