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350 jobs created in Lee County

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A manufacturer is creating hundreds of jobs in north Mississippi.

Sutter Street Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma, Inc., is expanding its upholstered furniture manufacturing operations by opening a facility in Baldwyn. The project will result in the creation of 350 jobs over five years.

“Furniture manufacturing is an important economic driver in North Mississippi, and Williams-Sonoma’s decision to open a new  Sutter Street Manufacturing facility in Lee County – along with 350 new jobs – bolsters this important sector in our state,” Governor Phil Bryant said. “I know the region’s skilled workforce will ensure the company finds success in Lee County just as it has at its distribution facility in DeSoto County.”

Sutter Street Manufacturing is opening in an existing facility in the Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Complex in Lee County. There, employees will produce handcrafted upholstered furniture for Williams-Sonoma, Inc. brands including Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma Home.

“We’re proud to expand our Sutter Street Manufacturing operations to Lee County. Our direct-to-consumer model enables us to offer custom upholstered furniture at an exceptional value and as a result, our business has grown significantly in recent years,” said Dean Miller, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. “We’re excited to bring 350 jobs to the region and further our commitment to supporting the tradition of building handcrafted, high-quality furniture in America.”

The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for improvements and workforce training. Lee County is providing local property tax exemptions. The Tennessee Valley Authority is assisting with the project, as well.

“Williams-Sonoma and its brands are renowned for their premier-quality home furnishings. By locating in Lee County, 350 Mississippians will have a valuable employment opportunity to continue the company’s legacy of value through craftsmanship,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “We salute the teamwork of the Community Development Foundation, TVA, Lee County, Three Rivers Planning and Development District and Itawamba Community College, which along with the MDA team, was instrumental in winning this project for the people of Northeast Mississippi.”

Started in 2007, Sutter Street Manufacturing is Williams- Sonoma, Inc.’s first wholly-owned and operated subsidiary dedicated to the craft of furniture manufacturing. The company will begin hiring workers immediately for the Lee County plant and expects to begin production in January.

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