BURNSVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Restaurant owner Jennifer Burns took a chance by opening a Burnsville business. She is thrilled to see others doing the same.
"We need a chance to grow and develop a little more than what we are, and I think it will be fantastic for those 200 jobs to open up," Burns said.
"It's just gonna be a very exciting thing — more jobs, and this is really gonna help our community a lot," Burnsville resident Janie Cummings said.
That help begins with shovels and dirt. Ground was officially broken on the Mississippi Silicon plant Monday, which will be a 200,000 square foot facility located on 45 acres of land at the Northeast Mississippi Waterway Industrial Park.
The location is ideal for this company, which will rely on TVA power and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.
"We're just so excited to get started and to be here for a long, long time," Mississippi Silicon President and CEO David Tuten said.
"Just the opportunities that come with it is just something that I believe will change the entire structure of this community and this area," state Senator Rita Parks of Corinth said.
Change also comes in the manufacturing of a new product in Mississippi — silicon metal. It is used in a variety of industries, including aluminum, chemical and automotive.
Making it possible for Mississippi Silicon are significant incentives from the state as well as major financial backing from Rima Holdings, Inc. USA among others.
"To bring in such a dynamic player like Rima on the global market helped change everything, and, of course, the reason we're in Tishomingo County is Tishomingo County," Governor Phil Bryant said.
Spinoff companies are expected to follow.
"It looks like it's gonna be a really, really big asset by other companies coming in, and we're very excited about it," Tishomingo County Supervisor Greg Collier said.
"We've got a lot of people that drive over to Alcorn and Prentiss counties to work, so I figure we'll have some of them to come over here to work," Tishomingo County Board of Supervisors President Nicky McRae said.
The hiring process begins in one year.
Construction on the plant is expected to be completed in 18 months.