The manufacturer is investing nearly $10 million to create new jobs in Starkville

Starkville, Miss. (WCBI) – On Tuesday, the Mississippi Development Authority announced details of a new manufacturing operation in Starkville.

British Industries is investing $9.549 million to relocate from Hillsboro, Oregon to Starkville, Mississippi to create 62 new jobs they hope to fill by 2023.

“Columbia Industries reached out to us in a sense because they really wanted to expand into the southeast,” says Meryl Fisackerly, chief operating officer of Golden Triangle Development Link. “Given the proximity to some of their customers, the quality of life. They also had a lot of trouble where they (were) with taxes.

The oilfield and solid waste equipment manufacturer purchased the former Gulf State manufacturing facility.

“We’re thrilled to have these people come to see the merits of being in Starkville and bringing their team here and creating the industry and the jobs that we’ve been missing,” said Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill.

Oktibbeha County has the lowest unemployment rate (3.8) of the three Golden Triangle counties (Lowndes County: 4.0, Clay County: 4.6), according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

But these jobs are supposed to help the whole region.

“This project is located in Oktibbeha County, but it will provide jobs for people in many counties in the region and then even beyond the counties in which we work,” says Fisackerly.

Fisackerly says the region’s ever-growing talent pool is another reason Columbia Industries is moving south.

“Given the significant amount of current workforce we have and more to come in the pipeline, it was very attractive to them,” she says.

“All of our junior colleges have been ready to step in and meet the needs of businesses moving into town and I think this is an opportunity for them to do so,” Mayor Spruill said.

Mayor Spruill hopes this is just the beginning of their partnership with the Pacific Northwest.

“Obviously we want to be a place where people want to be (and travel) from all over the country,” she says. “If they can do business here and feel like they’re going to be successful, then that’s exactly what we want.”

The Golden Triangle Development says Columbia Industries has met with contractors and expects the construction and rehabilitation process to begin around August.

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