Tupelo, Miss. (August 7, 2014) – Officials from Philips Lighting announced today the company will be expanding operations at its facility in Tupelo, Miss. The project represents a $2 million investment, allowing the company to retain the facility’s existing employees and create 50 new jobs.
Philips Lighting, leading global manufacturer of lighting solutions, is creating a major manufacturing hub for the company at its Tupelo facility. This includes incorporating LED technology made at the company’s San Jose, Calif., facility into the Tupelo facility’s production line-up, which includes state-of-the-art intelligent fixtures that automatically respond to their environment, adding to the technology’s already high level of energy efficiency.
“The decision to expand the innovative product lines at Philips Lighting’s Tupelo facility is great news for the local community and the area’s residents,” Gov. Bryant said. “It serves as a testament to the supportive business climate and dedicated workforce found in Mississippi. I appreciate the team at Philips Lighting for further investing in its Tupelo operations, creating new jobs and being such a valued business partner to the state of Mississippi.”
“As the world’s largest lighting company, Philips is leading the LED revolution, enabling our customers to embrace more efficient lighting solutions – solutions that are made right here in Tupelo,” said Iain Logan, head of operations for Philips Lighting Americas. “Our expansion at this facility reinforces our commitment to this community, which helps us to turn innovations into world-class products that are good for the local economy and the environment. It is a great example of a public-private partnership that works.”
The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project for building modifications.
“Since 1947, Philips has been an invaluable partner in the industrial employment and economic growth of Tupelo. We are excited for Philips to begin yet another chapter in their Tupelo story,” said CDF Chairman Chauncey Godwin, Jr.
“Philips has been an exceptional corporate citizen for decades,” said City of Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton.” This expansion is a great testament to Tupelo’s favorable business climate and we look forward to watching their company grow.”
Philips Lighting is a global market leader with recognized expertise in the development, manufacturing and application of innovative lighting solutions. For more information, please visit usa.philips.com.
About the Community Development Foundation
Founded in 1948, CDF is the exclusive agency charged with providing chamber of commerce, economic development and planning and property management services for Tupelo/Lee County, Mississippi. The Community Development Foundation (CDF) is a nonprofit membership organization composed of civic, business, and professional leaders representing the region. CDF has been selected six times, most recently in 2014, as one of the top 10 industrial development agencies in the nation by Site Selection magazine, a leading trade magazine for industrial development consultants.