By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
BELMONT – Monday’s ribbon-cutting for a manufacturing plant that is expected to bring 200 to 300 jobs to Belmont drew dozens of local and state officials to help the company celebrate.
Comfort Revolution CEO Michael Fux said he was thrilled to bring the company’s first U.S. manufacturing facility to Mississippi.
“We’re proud to once again label products ‘Made in America,’” Fux told the assembled well-wishers.
Fux (pronounced “Fukes”) said he first opened a plant in Mississippi in 1978, and in 2003 opened a plant for his former employer, Sleep Innovations in Baldwyn, which is still in operation.
“I knew this area had great people and a workforce that could handle cutting-edge technology,” Fux said.
The company is making a multi-million dollar investment in equipment to manufacture its bedding products, including mattresses, pillows and mattress toppers that are sold under the Sealy brand name as well as the Comfort Revolution brand name.
Tishomingo County and the Mississippi Development Authority also are significant partners in the venture.
The company moved into a facility formerly occupied by Schnadig Furniture.
Gov. Phil Bryant called to express regrets that he was unable to attend, Fux said, but several other officials with Comfort Revolution joined him for the ribbon-cutting, including Brian Bryan, vice president for manufacturing; Thomas Bruno, vice president for finance; Demitrious Corodemus; David Fuchs; Brett Hunter and John Rallis.
With 20 employees currently on board, the company is expected to begin manufacturing in late April or early May after equipment setup and testing, Fux said. At that time additional hires will be required for the other operational areas not needed as yet, such as shipping.
“I expect by next January we’ll be up to full speed,” he said.
Fux and District 5 Supervisor Greg Collier also spoke of the city’s desire to extend its runway to provide added convenience to companies that want to do business in Belmont. He said being able to fly into Belmont rather than Tupelo, Alabama or Tennessee would be a good recruitment tool for other businesses.
“We’ve had a warm welcome from everyone, and we’re looking forward to a long, happy and prosperous future in Belmont, Mississippi, growing and hiring as many people as we can,” Fux said.