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Philips Lighting announces expansion

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 8/07/2014 6:23 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- It's a busy day for Philips Lighting employees.

They piece together light fixtures that will be shipped around the world.

"Basically, the people that are working in this plant have the skills and the work ethic," said Mississippi Development Authority Director of Existing Business and Industry Mickey Milligan.

"This workforce is second to none," said Philips Lighting Americas

Iain Logan heads up operations for Philips Lighting Americas. Just four months watching their Tupelo employees work left a huge impression on him.

"I've worked across the whole world and the people here in the state and Tupelo as a city. They turn up. They give an honest day's work for an honest days pay and they're just fantastic," added Logan.

"Every region does economic development. Philips chose Tupelo because of the people," said Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton.

The company announces plans to hire at least 50 more people to help with an additional 25 product lines.

Officials say LED technology is rapidly replacing the incandescent bulb. Conversion is predicted to be complete within three years.

"You can do things to LED technology you couldn't do with traditional lighting sources. That's a game changer," said Logan.

Company officials say all lighting companies are getting on board with LED, but Iain Logan says Phillips is leading the pack.

A $1 million grant from the Mississippi Development Authority will help keep them on top. The money will be used to make room for new equipment and for repairs to the roof.

Company officials say they will hire people as the demand for their products increase.
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