By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
BOONEVILLE – An expansion at ACCO Brands in Booneville that will add 162 full-time jobs was formally announced Tuesday with help from Gov. Phil Bryant.
During a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Bryant joined company officials from the home office near Chicago, along with many regional, state, county and local figures for the celebration.
“Mississippi works together as a team for economic development,” Bryant told the crowd of about 100, that included ACCO Brands’ customer care employees at their work stations and in seats of honor in the audience.
The governor congratulated ACCO on the milestone, and also thanked the office supply company for about $1.6 million of new investment and its continuing confidence in Mississippi. ACCO received $150,000 in incentives for building modifications.
The company has had a presence in Booneville since 2005, when it merged with Quartet, and completed a $55 million expansion in 2008 that added about 300 new jobs.
The jobs being performed at the site with the customer care expansion include order-taking and order management; inside sales and dealer support; business-to-business communications in binding and laminating; office supply and wholesale; and consumer group support, said Matt Kiesling, vice president of inside sales and customer care.
“Our products have a lifetime guarantee, so customer service has a closet that’s like a museum of 45 years of product,” Kiesling said. “If a customer has a question about how to change a spring in a stapler we sold in 1975, they have to be able to look at that model to tell them.”
Booneville’s ability to attract the new jobs is a testament to the quality workforce ACCO has found here, said Leon Hayes, executive director of the Prentiss County Development Association.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for our area workforce,” Hayes said. “Our partnership with ACCO goes a long way back, and we can’t say how excited we are about this.”