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Job Count Is Up At County’s Big Factories

By David Howell


WATER VALLEY – The county’s economic director delivered a lengthy report ranging from a potential industrial expansion in Oakland to details of the upcoming state archery tournament in Coffeeville.

Speaking at the “first Monday” supervisor meeting on Oct. 3, Yalobusha County Economic Development and Tourism District Director Bob Tyler reported that a potential expansion is likely for Ajinomoto Windsor Foods in Oakland and more land could be needed. Tyler told supervisors there are several options under consideration, including utilizing additional county-owned acreage adjacent to the plant or purchasing additional land adjacent to the plant from a private landowner.

“They are going to expand again,” Tyler told supervisors about Windsor.

Tyler also provided a job count at several factories in the county. 

“BorgWarner is up just over 600 workers, they have come a long ways,” Tyler said.  “We are at 371 at Windsor,” he added.

Tyler also said Blauer Inc. in Coffeeville employs around 24 workers.

“They are going to get to about 30 or 32 (employees),” Tyler also said about Blauer. 

Next Tyler presented a contract from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) for use of the county-owned Multi-purpose Building for the Archery in Mississippi north state qualifier  scheduled in April.

Tyler also said the arrangement will be the same as in previous years but the tournament will be bigger this time. 

“We will have a lot more people and we are going to add another day,” Tyler explained, which means the tournament will span four days.  Tyler also said the county’s 4-H club will continue to provide concessions during the event.

Tyler then presented a form for potential customers to sign up for natural gas when Oakland-Natural Gas District is expanded to include customers in the Tillatoba area. 

“This is to gauge potential customers’ interest,” he explained about the form.

District 5 Supervisor Gaylon Gray explained the state legislature appropriated $300,000 during the 2016 session to extend the gas line south of Oakland to Tillat-oba, and as far east as the truck stop located adjacent to I-55 at the Tillatoba exit.

Tyler then reported that C-Spire plans to upgrade cell phone towers in the county. 

“They just want to change the antennas out on the top of their towers,” Board President Cayce Washington added, citing a conversation he had with the company.

Following Tyler’s presentation, supervisors voted unanimously to approve the contract with MDWFP for the archery tournament, gave Tyler verbal approval to proceed with possible land acquisition for the Windsor expansion, and approved the survey for new gas customers on the Oakland-Yalobusha Gas District.

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