New jobs are coming to the Greenwood area. Blue Ridge Foods produces high-quality meat products and has announced that they will be locating a 31,000-square-foot beef warehouse and distribution facility in the Greenwood-Leflore Industrial Park. The project is a $2 million corporate investment and will create 20 jobs.
“Blue Ridge Foods’ investment in its new Greenwood location shows industry leaders around the country and worldwide that our prime location in the Southeast U.S. and integrated transportation network enable companies with shipping needs to maintain their competitive edge in today’s dynamic marketplace,” said Governor Phil Bryant.
Blue Ridge Foods expects to begin operations in Greenwood in September. The company which is headquartered out of South Carolina says their Greenwood location is currently being retrofitted to meet their needs and allow them more efficient access to suppliers located west of the Mississippi River.
“This is an exciting time for Blue Ridge Foods as we expand our processing and distribution operation further west into Mississippi,” said Blue Ridge Foods President Steven Waldrop. “The support we have received from the Greenwood Leflore Industrial Board, Greenwood City Council, Leflore County Board of Supervisors and the Mississippi Development Authority has been invaluable in making our expansion a reality. We believe expanding our current distribution business into processing will benefit our customers, employees, and shareholders.”
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance through the Growth and Prosperity Program, which provides various tax incentives to companies that locate or expand in communities located in GAP-designated counties. The city of Greenwood is providing assistance to extend the sewer line at the company’s new location.
“MDA appreciates Blue Ridge Foods for bringing 20 new career opportunities to the people of Leflore County,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “This private capital investment coupled with the new positions created will contribute to Greenwood and Leflore County for many years to come. We salute the partnership of the Greenwood-Leflore Economic Development Foundation and the city of Greenwood, which played an integral role in bringing Blue Ridge Foods to our great state.”