PLANTERSVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - State and industry officials announced Sept. 17th that new jobs are coming to Northeast Mississippi.
A grand opening at a Plantersville manufacturing facility was held to welcome an Alabama-based company, Posturecraft Mattress Company.
"Made in America, but perfected in Mississippi."
That's how Governor Phil Bryant describes industry in the state, and he said that will be the case for Posturecraft.
Bryant, along with the Community Development Foundation and other government officials, attended the grand opening.
Plantersville Mayor Gloria Holland said she couldn't be more pleased with the news.
"We have long needed an industry to come into the town," Holland said.
Originally based in Alabama, Posturecraft is a multi-million dollar company with a client base of over 400, including the West Point Military Academy in New York.
"You can't get a better endorsement that that," Bryant said.
Following an April fire that destroyed the original building, the owner, Charles Jones, said he decided to relocate and reestablish the operations, especially after speaking to state lawmakers and economic developers.
"With all the help, assistance, encouragement and motivation they gave us, it was a no brainer," Jones said. "It was very obvious that this was the decision to make."
Jones said there are a few things on the agenda to complete before they can open the plant, such as installing new equipment, but he said he expects to be up and running by the second week of October.
"In Alabama, we were turning out about 1,000 pieces [mattresses] a day," Jones said.
Therefore, he said the company will require about 103 employees by the time they reach full working capacity.
Community Development Foundation President and CEO David Rumbarger said this region is known for its furniture industry, so he thinks it will be an easy adjustment.
"It's right along our sweet spot," Rumbarger explained. "We've got a work force who has done that. He'll [Jones] be able to hire people who are already trained. He'll train them on his equipment, and he'll get a quick start in Lee County."
Holland said, as mayor, she's excited to see new business in the town, and she said she's looking forward to the new partnership.
"It's going to boost every aspect of our town, from revenue to morale to partnerships," Holland said. "I can't say enough good things about what has happened and what will happen because of today."
Jones said he expects to be at full working capacity by before September 2014.