Jackson Furniture, the Cleveland, Tenn.-based furniture company that announced last fall it was expanding its operations in Northeast Mississippi, has moved quickly.
The company has two facilities – one in Mantachie and the other in Myrtle – and employs about 250 people between them.
Company executive vice president Keith Jackson, along with economic development and city officials from both cities, had a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the Myrtle plant this morning.The event served as a ribbon-cutting for both plants.
“We’ve gone from zero to 250 really fast,” he said. “It’s been really easy.”
The company, founded in 1933, has manufacturing facilities in Tennessee and northern Virginia, and Jackson said having plants in Northeast Mississippi, in the heart of upholstered furniture manufacturing in the country, made sense.
“This is perfect for us, for our suppliers we have here,” Jackson said. “You go where your customers are.”
Jackson/Catnapper employs about 1,300 people among its four plants.
Stationary furniture under the Jackson brand name is made at the Myrtle plant, while motion furniture under the Catnapper name is made in Mantachie.
Jackson bought the 183,000-square foot Mantachie plant in September, and closed on the 160,000-square-foot Myrtle plant in November.
Jackson Furniture is investing more than $2 million in its Mississippi plants.
Each Mississippi plant can employ 200-225 workers, so there’s room to grow, and Jackson said the facilities in the Magnolia State “are our runways to growth.”
Financial incentives from the state include a $750,000 from the Mississippi Development Authority for renovation and relocation costs, plus worker training assistance valued at more than $1 million. The Appalachian Regional Commission is providing $300,000 for infrastructure improvements.