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Bid Awarded For Expansion At Windsor

By David Howell

COFFEEVILLE – Supervisors awarded a $403,178 bid for infrastructure improvements at Oakland-based Windsors Foods during a recessed meeting held November 22 in Coffeeville.

    The bid was awarded after the county received a $650,000 Community Development Block Grant from Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) that will create 35 new jobs and help retain 275 jobs at Windsor Foods.

    Kenneth R. Thompson, Jr. was awarded the contract after submitting the lowest of 10 bids that ranged as high as $554,224.  

    As part of the grant requirement, Yalobusha County will provide $10,000 to match the state grant. In-kind services will likely account for the matching portion of the grant, County Economic Director Bob Tyler told the Herald. These services could include using county equipment and manpower at the county-owned expansion site.

    The county also received a $29,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant that will provide funding to extend the industrial gas line to the expansion.

    Windsor has also promised to invest $9 million in the expansion. Windsor began operations in November of 2008, ramping up to 210 employees several months after beginning production. In late 2009, another 65 employees were added at the company.

Other business conducted at the recessed meeting included:

• Approved applications from loggers to exceed the posted weight limit on county roads while hauling timber. The applications were accepted from Lovorn Logging on County Road 95 and 436 in District 2; Shiloh Creek Land and Timber on County Road 96 and 255 in Districts 3 and 1; Hankins Lumber on County Road 145, 186, 144 and 221 in District 5; and T.L. Reid on County Road 234 , 5 and 82 in District 5.

• Accepted the Cof-feeville School District bus turnaround list.

• Approved a request from Tax Assessor /Collector Linda Shuffield to sell old tags for scrap.

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