The Tennesse-based Jackson Furniture has set its sights on Myrtle as one of its next locations for a production facility.
The motion and stationary furniture manufacturer will invest $2 million and create 250 jobs over three years in Myrtle, as well as Mantachie.
Jackson Furniture will manufacture motion furniture under its Catnapper reclining products brand and stationary furniture under its Jackson brand.
In Myrtle, Jackson Furniture will occupy the now vacant former Barclay Facility. The 160,000 square foot facility has 19 acres included onsite.
Jackson has also acquired 83 acres of additional land adjacent to the facility for future development.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant welcomed the news Monday.
“I welcome Jackson Furniture as the newest member of the Mississippi business community, and I appreciate the company for investing in our state and providing these job opportunities for the residents of Itawamba and Union counties,” Bryant said. “These jobs will certainly have a positive impact on the local communities and the northeast Mississippi region while further strengthening our furniture industry. I wish the company many years of success in our state.”
Ron Jackson, CEO of Jackson Furniture said the company is excited about expanding production in Northeast Mississippi.
“[This is] the ideal location for us based on an excellent labor pool of experienced living room furniture makers,” Jackson said. “MDA and state of Mississippi have been outstanding partners in our location search and start up. We’re expecting great things from our new Mississippi team members and look forward to continued growth.”
The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project for building modifications, relocation needs and workforce training. The Appalachian Regional Commission provided assistance for the project, as well.
“MDA is happy to have assisted this great company with this project, and we are grateful to the Jackson Furniture team for choosing to locate manufacturing operations in two previously-vacant facilities,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “We appreciate our partners at the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Itawamba County Development Council and Three Rivers Planning and Development District for helping make this project and these new jobs possible.”
Several local leaders welcomed the news Monday as well.
“Jackson Furniture has a strong history of success in the furniture industry and we are pleased that they have chosen Union County for their newest location,” Danny Jordan, president of the Union County Board of Supervisors said. “We look forward to the jobs that will be created by this company for years to come. During this time of Thanksgiving, this reminds me how much we have to be thankful for.”
“The Union County Development Association congratulates Jackson on their choice of Myrtle, for their next furniture manufacturing facility,” said Phil Nanney, executive director for the Union County Development Association. “We happily welcome this strong company to the family of Union County industries.”
“On behalf of the Town of Myrtle, I am delighted to welcome Jackson Furniture,” said Joe Rials, mayor of Myrtle. “The Board of Aldermen and I look forwarding to working with them. It is always a pleasure to have new industry and businesses locate here and we look forward to Jackson Furniture being a member of our community.”
“Over the past several months Jackson has evaluated many locations in North Mississippi to find an ideal location,” said Josh West, regional economic developer for Three Rivers Planning and Development District. “The selection of the Myrtle site speaks to the skilled workforce and transportation advantages Union County offers to employers.
Headquartered in Cleveland, Tenn., Jackson Furniture manufactures sofas, recliners, camouflage furniture, lift chairs, accent chairs, tables and rugs. For more information, please visit www.catnapper.com.