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Windsor Opening Pushed Back

By David Howell
Editor


OAKLAND – The opening date for Windsor Quality Food Company has been pushed back to early fall while the company makes modifications to the Oakland plant that formerly housed Mississippi Beef Processors, LLC.

    “They are looking at sometime around August or September,” Supervisor Tommy Vaughn said at the “first Monday” supervisor meeting held in Coffeeville on March 3. Vaughn said the company was not ready to pin down a specific date.

    “The main drawback is that they are having three of these freeze blast freezers built in Sweden,” Vaughn also reported

    “One thing about the delay is just that means that more folks are going to have the opportunity to work over there,” Supervisor M.H. “Butch Surrette said. The supervisor was referring to a building addition.

Background

    In a press release from Windsor last year, company officials announced that operations at the Oakland plant should begin in early 2008. The same press release also indicated that the company would initially employ 150 to 200 people when opened.

    The current expansion could mean that as many as 250 people could be hired when the plant opens, according to conversation at the “first Monday” board meeting in Coffeeville.

    Windsor Foods purchased the Oakland facility last June from Community Bank.

    The company also received a Community Development Block Grant to finance some of the modifications to the plant from the state. The grant will be appropriated through Yalobusha County, which is also expected to kick in $70,000, which will come from in-kind work.

    Windsor has invested an estimated $15 million, according to paperwork submitted to Mississippi Development Authority during the grant process.

About the Company

    The Oakland plant will produce a variety of frozen ethnic products under Windsor’s branded banners as well as its customers’ own brands. Windsor currently operates nine plants in six states.

    Windsor Quality Food Company is a privately-held, woman-owned manufacturer and marketer of specialty frozen foods.

    At presstime Tuesday, the company had not responded to an e-mail sent by the Herald requesting updated information.

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