A commercial enterprise is expected to create 60 new jobs

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JACKSON, Miss. (WDAM) – Two companies linked to the lumber industry are spending $8.14 million to set up shop in Mississippi.

The New York Blower Company and Kiln Drying Systems & Components have announced that they will create a joint venture and take over the Richardson Molding plant in Philadelphia.

The new joint venture, known as New York Blower/KDS. should create 60 “direct” jobs. The companies are currently renovating the interior and exterior of the facility and installing equipment.

Both companies manufacture batch and continuous wood dryers, wood waste heating plants and industrial air circulation products.

According to a statement from the Mississippi Development Authority, New York Blower/KDS chose Mississippi as the location for its new Southeast operations because of the many sawmills that recently announced new locations or expansions in the state.

The Mississippi Development Authority provides assistance for building improvements, as well as the City of Philadelphia, Neshoba County, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

“When established companies like New York Blower and KDS choose to locate in Mississippi, it demonstrates their confidence in our transportation systems, our workforce and our quality of life,” said Laura Hipp, chief executive officer. Deputy of MDA.

“MDA is pleased to support this project, as it will help create a more vibrant community through its significant investment and the creation of dozens of new jobs. »

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