Baldwyn, Miss. – Reclining furniture manufacturer Southern Motion is expanding in Baldwyn, Miss., in Lee County, investing $20 million and creating 600 jobs.
“I appreciate the team at Southern Motion for once again investing in its operations and for bringing hundreds of new jobs to the Northeast Mississippi region,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “Southern Motion is the definition of a homegrown company finding its competitive edge in our state, and I wish the company many more years of success.”
Southern Motion is expanding into the former Hancock Fabrics location in Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Park. The company’s new site includes 64.5 acres and a 758,000-square-foot facility.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to expand our business in Baldwyn. This would not have been possible without the Governor and the Mississippi Development Authority’s commitment to grow our existing industries in the state,” said Southern Motion President and CEO Roger Bland. “On behalf of the Southern Motion family, we sincerely appreciate MDA, TVA, CDF, Lee County, as well as Pontotoc and Prentiss Counties for all of their support in making this dream a reality.”
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for building modifications. Lee County is providing assistance with ad valorem tax exemptions.
“Southern Motion’s exciting expansion brings many new careers to the people of Northeast Mississippi,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “We salute our partners at the Community Development Foundation, the Lee County Board of Supervisors and the Tennessee Valley Authority whose teamwork with MDA was instrumental in making this expansion a reality.”
Southern Motion currently employs 250 in Baldwyn and 1,200 in Pontotoc, Miss. The company expects to begin operations in its new Baldwyn location in January 2017.
“We are thrilled that Southern Motion will continue to call Baldwyn home and we look forward to watching its growth here for years to come,” said Community Development Foundation Chairman Barry Smith.
“We are excited Southern Motion found the right facility to continue their company growth,” said Lee County Board of Supervisors President Billy Joe Holland. “Especially because Southern Motion’s expansion into the old Hancock building may give those who were displaced by Hancock’s closing an opportunity to find reemployment with a great company.”
About Southern Motion:
Founded in 1996 in Pontotoc, Miss., Southern Motion manufactures recliners, love seats, sofas, sectionals and home theater furniture. For more information, visit southernmotion.com.
About the Community Development Foundation:
Founded in 1948, the Community Development Foundation (CDF) is the exclusive agency charged with providing Chamber of Commerce, economic development and planning and property management services for Tupelo/Lee County, Mississippi. CDF has been selected eight times as one of the top 10 industrial development agencies in the nation by Site Selection magazine, a leading trade magazine for industrial development consultants.