By Dennis Seid
MANTACHIE – A Tennessee-based upholstered furniture manufacturer is breathing new life into an old factory.
Jackson Furniture of Cleveland, Tenn., is expected to begin production next week in a 183,000-square-foot building that in recent years been home to TownHouse Furniture and PeopLoungers.
Jackson will build motion furniture at the facility under its Catnapper brand and its stationary line under the Jackson name.
The company said the Mantachie factory should be operating at full capacity by the end of the year. Officials also said they expect to close on a deal on another undisclosed Mississippi site in the next 45 days.
The number of jobs involved was immediately available.
According to Furniture Today, the 33-acre site chosen by Jackson Furniture CEO Ron Jackson “after careful consideration and a tremendous recruitment process by the state of Mississippi and Itawamba County.”
A spokesman for the Mississippi Development Authority – the state’s chief economic development agency – said it could not comment about the project yet.
“Northeast Mississippi is the ideal location for us, based on an excellent pool of experienced living room furniture makers,” Jackson told Furniture Today. “This small area of the country is the number one volume producer of living room sofas and recliners in the country, so we have the people, management and vendor base to be immediately productive and expanding.”
Northeast Mississippi is home to several hundred upholstered furniture manufacturers and suppliers, which employ some 40,000 people directly and indirectly.
The region supplies about 30 percent of the upholstered furniture sold in the U.S., according to a 2011 study by the Franklin Furniture Institute at Mississippi State University.