Wood products manufacturer launches operations in Mississippi

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A new maker of wooden countertops and cutting boards plans to establish manufacturing operations at a vacant industrial facility in southeast Mississippi, state and company officials said.

Scotsman Manufacturing Company aims to supply the wood products produced at its new plant in Laurel, Mississippi, to retailers nationwide. The project should create 85 new jobs.

The company was started by Erin and Ben Napier, who host a home improvement show on the HGTV network and own retail outlet Laurel Mercantile Co., along with four other partners.

“The Napiers and their partners, the Rasberrys and the Nowells, have always chosen to reinvest in our community,” Ross Tucker, chairman of the Jones County Economic Development Authority, said in a statement. “We are proud that they have once again chosen to expand locally by founding their latest company, Scotsman Manufacturing Company, here in Laurel.”

The Mississippi Economic Development Agency will provide undisclosed funding for building improvements, and the Mississippi Power utility will provide energy efficiency upgrades to the facility. Scotsman is also eligible for a state tax refund based on new jobs that meet certain salary thresholds.

“We appreciate the support of the Jones County EDA, MDA and Mississippi State as we commit to creating new jobs through the manufacturing of quality wood products here in Laurel,” said Scotsman chairman Jim Rasberry. “If we’re going to be serious about revitalizing small towns, then we have to be serious about creating manufacturing in those small towns.”

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