Milwaukee Tool has announced an expansion of its footprint in Mississippi, creating 1,200 new jobs—the state’s largest economic development project in the last seven years.
800 of the new jobs created by the heavy-duty power tool manufacturer’s $60 million investment will come as the result of a new accessories manufacturing facility in Grenada County. The remaining 400 positions will open up at the company’s three existing Mississippi locations in Greenwood, Jackson and Olive Branch.
“When an industry leader such as Milwaukee Tool chooses to grow its footprint in Mississippi by building a new manufacturing facility – in addition to its existing facilities – it sends a strong message to the world that we take business seriously and work hard to ensure companies’ long-term success in our state,” Governor Reeves said. “This newest investment by Milwaukee Tool in Grenada County will benefit the region and its 800 new employees well into the future, just as Milwaukee Tool once again will benefit from having the best workforce in the nation producing the high-quality tools and accessories for which the company is known around the world.”
In 2010, the company headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin employed 526 Mississippians. That number has since grown to over 2,300 and it will exceed 3,500 over the next eight years as the newly announced positions are filled. Available jobs will include machine operators, technicians, warehousing/inventory, shipping/receiving, engineering and management roles.
“The partnership between Milwaukee Tool and Mississippi continues to strengthen through this new manufacturing location in Grenada County. The region’s talented workforce and robust transportation network make Grenada an ideal location for this new facility, and the commitment of 400 additional new Milwaukee Tool jobs within the company’s existing locations reflects the great business climate Mississippi provides. MDA thanks the teams at the Greater Grenada Partnership, Grenada County, Delta Strong, Tallahatchie Valley Electric and the Tennessee Valley Authority for their hard work in bringing these new operations and jobs to our great state,” Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director John Rounsaville.
The new facility, a 500,000-square-foot facility in Grenada County’s I-55 Business and Technology Park, is expected to open in late 2022. MDA is providing assistance for building construction. Grenada County and the Tennessee Valley Authority also are assisting with the project.