Commercial enterprises expected to bring in 60 new jobs

Miss Jackson. (WDAM) – Two companies with ties to the lumber industry are spending $8.14 million to do business in Mississippi.

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

The new joint venture, called New York Blower/KDS. 60 “direct” jobs are expected to be created. The companies are currently refurbishing the interior and exterior of the facility and installing equipment.

The two companies manufacture batch and continuous wood drying kilns, wood waste heat equipment and industrial air flow products.

According to a release from the Mississippi State Development Authority, New York Blower/KDS chose Mississippi as the location for its new southeast operations due to the recent announcement of new locations or expansions by sawmills in the state.

The Mississippi Development Authority is working with the City of Philadelphia, Neshoba County and the Tennessee Valley Authority to provide assistance for building improvements.

“When established companies like New York Blower and KDS choose to locate in Mississippi, it shows their confidence in our transportation system, our workforce and our quality of life,” said MDA Deputy Executive Director Laura Hipp.

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

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