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UPDATE: Jackson adds manufacturing capacity in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. — Upholstery producer Jackson Furniture has opened one new plant in northeastern Mississippi and plans to start operations soon at a second facility, according to company officials.

The plants represent an investment of $2 million, and the company said it will hire a minimum of 250 employees.

Jackson is currently producing at a 186,000-square-foot plant in Mantachie, Miss. A 160,000-square-foot facility in Myrtle, Miss., is set to start operations Dec. 9.

The Mississippi Development Authority is giving the company $750,000 for renovation and relocation costs, as well as worker training valued at $1.016 million. The Appalachian Regional Commission is giving $300,000 for infrastructure improvements.

Jackson Furniture is based in Cleveland, Tenn., makes sofas, recliners, chairs, tables and rugs under the Catnapper and Jackson brands. The company introduced a line of Duck Dynasty-branded furniture in camouflage patterns and outdoor prints at the High Point Market in October.

"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," said Gov. Phil Bryant. "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."

"Jackson Furniture is excited about expanding production in northeast Mississippi, the ideal location for us based on an excellent labor pool of experienced living room furniture makers," company CEO Ron Jackson said in a statement.

The Mississippi facilities will give the company a total of seven U.S. factories.

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