By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times
The Mississippi Development Authority announced today the expansion of Max Home LLC’s Fulton plant, a move that will add 100 jobs to the Fulton area.
Max Home will expand its business into the former Hickory Hill Furniture building, which was jointly purchased by
City of Fulton and Itawamba County in April 2009.
The building is located approximately 200 yards from the company’s current facility near the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Max Home is investing more than $850,000 in equipment and building upgrades for the expansion
The expansion will boost the company’s total number of employees in Fulton to 375. They will continue operations at their current facilities in Fulton and Iuka, Miss., as well.
“We’re just thrilled to death,” said company CFO Larry Gentry during an official announcement ceremony Friday afternoon. “We’re proud of all the employees we have, and we look forward to employing more people. It’s nice to be in a place where not only the government entities but the people are so happy to have industrial growth. It makes this a good place to do business and we’re mighty proud to be here.”
“We realize what a great environment we have here. It is very receptive to business and to industry,” said company COO Bruno Policicchio. “They laid a foundation for us to put down some roots and keep growing. That’s continued until today and it’s going to keep going. We’d like to thank everybody for this great environment and for having us. We’re going to give it all we got.”
“Max Home is a valued corporate citizen in Fulton, and I am pleased this Mississippi-based furniture company is expanding its operations and creating another 100 jobs in Itawamba County,” Governor Haley Barbour said. “The company’s decision to expand its workforce and further invest in its operations is great news for northeast Mississippi, especially in this current economic climate.”
Itawamba County Development Council Executive Director Greg Deakle, who worked closely with the Fulton Board of Aldermen, Itawamba County Board of Supervisors and Max Home LLC in order to finalize the project complimented the three entities on working together well.
“This was a good day for all of us,” Deakle said. “We’re glad that we were able to be here for Max Home and to keep those jobs in Itawamba County. This shows what partnerships and teamwork can do.”
Deakle added that both Three Rivers Planning and Development Council and the MDA were invaluable to finalizing the expansion.
Fulton and Itawamba County jointly purchased the former Hickory Hill building last year in hopes of bringing new industry to the area. According to Deakle, Max Home LLC will occupy approximately half of the available development space, leaving a considerable area both the city and county could still market.
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