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Winona plant expanding, renovating

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 6/28/2013 2:45 pm
WINONA, Miss. (WTVA) - Screw Conveyor Corporation officials were joined Friday by the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, economic development officials and others to announce more than $1.3 million worth of upgrades. 

A new roof, lighting and other repairs are being made possible at this county-owned building through grants from several different public agencies and also money from the company itself.

Sue Stidham with the Economic Development Partnership of Montgomery County said, "That also includes about $350,000 worth of investment from the plant itself. This will be with equipment."

With close to 50 employees right now, Screw Conveyor makes equipment that moves bulk materials.

Mark Middleton with Screw Conveyor said, "You can take a bulk material whether it's sand, grain, scrap pieces, grasses, coal or anything. With our engineering we can figure out a way to move that material."

Company officials say with the addition of some new business contracts 20 new workers are being hired.

They say the financial help from public agencies such as Delta Regional Authority and the Mississippi Development Authority to make these facility improvements could not have come at a better time.

To some people 20 new jobs may not seem significant. But in an area where unemployment is high, officials say any investment is welcome.

Stidham said, "For our area, we are extremely excited about this. There's nothing like being able to put your hometown people to work and give them employment."

Construction work should begin in a month or two and then be complete by next spring.

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