By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
IUKA – Dennen Steel CEO Andy Dennen was joined by dozens of local, county, state, federal and other officials in breaking ground on a new plant site at the Yellow Creek Port in Tishomingo County Wednesday morning.
The planned 50,000-square-foot, $7.4 million project is expected to create 50 new jobs, while the construction itself has already put to work local engineering firm Dean McRae and Mike Nelson Construction for the site work.
Fite Building Company of Decatur, Ala., is the construction contractor.
Dennen Steel, which fabricates steel parts for autos, trucks, computers, household items and much more, joins a growing list of steel manufacturing companies at Yellow Creek.
“This fulfills our need for a southern business presence,” Dennen said during the groundbreaking ceremonies. “When we bring our customers to the site, I picture them seeing all the other steel business going on here and thinking we’ve found the perfect location.”
Dennen was accompanied by five other top-level officials with the company, which is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich.
James McDowell, president of the Tishomingo County Board of Supervisors, was encouraged by the support of TAP Alliance partners from Alcorn and Prentiss counties who joined in the event.
He extended thanks to the partners who helped with funding, including the Mississippi Development Authority, Tennessee Valley Authority, Appalachian Regional Commission and Yellow Creek Port Authority, along with Dennen Steel and the county.
“The foundation of any successful venture like this is teamwork, and we’ve put a good team together,” he said.