KI to end manufacturing in Pontotoc, Tupelo

By Carlie Kollath | NEMS Daily Journal

Green Bay, Wis.-based KI said Tuesday afternoon that it will close its Pontotoc manufacturing facility.
The plant, which has about 40 employees, will close by June 1.
Manufacturing of all seating and table products at the Pontotoc site will move to KI’s plant in Bonduel, Wis.
The company said it will begin phasing out production in January.
KI in a press release also said it will end its manufacturing operations in Tupelo. It will convert the facility to a warehouse and distribution center. Thirty of the 55 people at the plant will lose their jobs.
The Tupelo location currently manufactures some of the same products made at the Pontotoc site, the press release said.
The company said the decision was based on manufacturing capacity and product demand.
“These changes are based purely on economic conditions and business realities and in no way reflect upon the performance of employees at our Mississippi locations or the quality of the products they produce,” said Tom Abrahamson, vice president of manufacturing operations for KI.
KI started production at the Pontotoc facility in 1999. The Tupelo location opened in 1964.

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