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Ajinomoto Named 2017 Industry Of The Year

NMIDA selected Oakland Industry Ajinomoto Windsor as Industry of the year. Officials attending last month’s meeting when the company received the recognition included (from left) TVEPA General Manager Brad Robinson, Yalobusha County Economic Development Director Bob Tyler, Yalobusha Board President Cayce Washington, Ajinomoto Plant Manager James Wilson, Oakland Mayor Riley Swearengen, Ajinomoto employee Tom Eckenrode, Ajinomoto Windsor Food employee Duan Willis, District 33 Representative Tommy Reynolds and Charleston Mayor Sedrick Smith.

WEST POINT – Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc. was named the North Mississippi Industrial Development Association’s (NMIDA) 2017 Industry of the Year. Ajinomoto Windsor received this distinguished award at the NMIDA annual meeting held last month in West Point. 

The Ajinomoto Windsor facility located in Oakland, Mississippi produces high quality, ready-to- eat, Asian and ethnic foods and appetizers for consumers, commercial restaurants, and food service operators across North America. Ajinomoto purchased Houston, Texas based Windsor Foods in 2014 and has since invested more than $42 million in capital improvements allowing the facility to more than double its capacity. Today, the plant employs more than 400 people.

Ajinomoto’s General Manager of Operations, James Wilson, expressed his thankfulness for the award, and commented that Ajinomoto’s successes could not have been accomplished without the great relationships and partnerships established between Ajinomoto, the State of Mississippi, Yalobusha County, the Town of Oakland, Yalobusha County Economic Development District and Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association.

Brad Robinson, Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association’s CEO and NMIDA Vice-Chairman, commended Ajinomoto for their consistent growth in capital investments and expenditures, as well as their commitment to their employees and community. “They (Ajinomoto) continue to strive for excellence in all aspects of their operation and have proven to be a great asset for their community and Yalobusha County.” According to NMIDA Chairman, Barry Rowland, “Each year we highlight a company for their economic and community impact to our region. Ajinomoto Windsor is not just a significant employer, but a valued community partner throughout Yalobusha County and the surrounding area.” Tommy Reynolds, Mississippi District 33 Representative, commended and congratulated Ajinomoto for their efforts and this recognition by presenting them a Proclamation from the Mississippi House of Representatives.

North Mississippi Indus-trial Development Association is a leading regional economic development organization headquartered in West Point. NMIDA provides marketing, project development and technical services to local developers in more than thirty counties in Northeast Mississippi through its partnerships with local power companies and Tennessee Valley Authority.

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