Jackson, Miss. –AIA Countertops, a division of Patrick Industries, Inc., is expanding its operations into Baldwyn, Miss. in Lee County, investing $600,000 and creating 60 new jobs.
“I am pleased the AIA team chose Lee County as the location of their new countertop fabrication operation,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “I know the skilled, productive workforce found in North Mississippi will ensure AIA enjoys many successful years in our state.”
AIA’s operations will be located in an existing 110,000-square-foot building in the Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Complex. The building was previously occupied by Fairfield Distribution.
“We look forward to commencing AIA’s operations in North Mississippi and working with its skilled workforce to partner with us in expanding the geographic footprint of our countertop fabrication operations,” said Patrick Industries, Inc., COO Jeff Rodino. “We are excited about the opportunity to continue to showcase our innovative product lines to the residential, commercial, recreational vehicle and certain other industries located in the surrounding areas.”
Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance to relocate and install equipment. Lee County is providing property tax abatements effective for 10 years. Tennessee Valley Authority is also assisting with the project.
“MDA welcomes AIA as the newest corporate partner to the state of Mississippi and thanks the company for bringing 60 new career opportunities to Lee County,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “We appreciate the teamwork of the Community Development Foundation, Lee County and the Tennessee Valley Authority, which along with the MDA team, played a vital role in bringing AIA to North Mississippi.”
“AIA Countertops decision to locate here in Lee County shows its support of our workforce and I look forward to seeing their success in our community,” said Lee County Board of Supervisors President Billy Joe Holland.
“I am excited to welcome AIA Countertops into our vibrant business community,” said Community Development Foundation Chairman Barry Smith. “Lee County is a first-rate location for any industry to operate in and we look forward to supporting this new corporate citizen.”
AIA is slated to begin operations in Lee County in September 2016.
About AIA Countertops:
Headquartered in Syracuse, Ind., AIA Countertops is one of the largest natural stone, quartz and solid surface fabricators in the country, offering its products to the residential, commercial, recreational vehicle and marine industries. For more information, visit www.aiasolidsurface.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 seven 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.
About Mississippi Development Authority:
Mississippi Development Authority is the state’s lead economic and community development agency. MDA focuses on new business recruitment, existing business expansion, workforce training, and tourism promotion. For more information, visit www.mississippi.org.