GUNTOWN, Miss. – Governor Phil Bryant and officials from upholstered furniture manufacturer H.M. Richards announced today the company is expanding operations at its location in the Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Complex in Guntown, Miss., in Lee County. The project represents a corporate investment of $8 million and will create 500 jobs.
H.M. Richards currently has 977 employees in Guntown and operates in a 900,000-square-foot facility. For its expansion, the company will purchase the land adjacent to its current facility and construct a new building to house the expanded operations.
“Today is a fantastic day for Lee County and North Mississippi as H.M. Richards expands its presence in our state and announces hundreds of new jobs for the area’s workers,” Gov. Bryant said.
The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project for infrastructure needs, site preparation, electrical needs, parking lot improvements, and workforce training. Community Development Foundation, Lee County, Appalachian Regional Commission, and Tennessee Valley Authority provided assistance, as well.
Founded in 1997 in Saltillo, Miss., H.M. Richards built its current facility in the Harry M. Martin North Lee Industrial Complex in 1999. H.M. Richards’ products are distributed through a group of major furniture and department stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.
H.M. Richards also produces products for successful licensed home brands Cindy Crawford Home and the Sofia Vergara Collection. www.hmrichards.com.