FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- A new business venture will soon kick into high gear at Port Itawamba in Fulton.
Itawamba County Development Council Executive Director Greg Deakle says a container yard will soon open at the port.
The port is just one of three in the nation to receive a Federal Maritime Marine Highways grant.
The grant is given to those who can offer up ways to reduce traffic flow on highways and interstates.
The facility includes equipment that can remove containers from barges and trucks and then reload them.
Storage space will also be provided at a rate less expensive than other container yards in Memphis, Birmingham and Mobile.
"We've met with and talked with a lot of shippers, and everyone is real interested," Deakle said.
"We need more jobs like all other counties. This is a way we can use the water to our advantage to get more jobs," District 4 Supervisor Eric Hughes said.
Deakle says labor and transportation costs are the two largest expenses for furniture manufacturers.
The container yard will be much closer to home for those companies.
Hughes praises the state of Mississippi and the federal government for working well with Itawamba County.