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Mississippi on the Home Stretch: Furniture Company Expands, Brings More Jobs

NETTLETON, Miss.–The northeast corner of Mississippi has a reputation for being a furniture treasure chest, with manufacturing and sales being a sizeable part of the economy. Now comes the announcement that HomeStretch in Nettleton is expanding, and adding 60 more jobs to boot.

HomeStretch, Inc. makes upholstered reclining furniture, and is adding 60,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space to its existing facility. With the 60 new jobs, the number of employees at the Nettleton location will be about 250.

This is from a news release from Gov. Phil Bryant’s camp:

“This latest investment by the HomeStretch team is a testament to the skilled workforce and business climate found in Mississippi,” Gov. Bryant said.  “We work hard to provide an environment where businesses can grow and remain competitive in today’s marketplace.  I thank HomeStretch for strengthening its roots in Nettleton and wish the company continued success for many years to come.”

“This expansion will facilitate our business plan over the next three to five years. Thanks to a solid product line and a highly dedicated workforce, we have enjoyed steady growth since our opening in early 2010.  We remain focused on our build-to-stock strategy and will continue to exercise discipline as we take steps to respond to increased demand,” said HomeStretch President Skipper Holliman. “The decisions to increase our capacity and to become a more vertical company represent an investment in our future and a firm belief in where we’re headed.”

The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project for infrastructure needs. The Appalachian Regional Commission and Monroe County provided assistance, as well.

“Mississippi’s existing companies are at the heart of the state’s economy, and we are grateful to HomeStretch for its continued confidence in our state and in our workforce,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “We thank our partners at Monroe County, the city of Nettleton, the Appalachian Regional Commission and Three Rivers Planning and Development District for their hard work and collaboration in helping this great company expand.”

HomeStretch, Inc. is a domestic manufacturer of upholstered reclining furniture available to the public through authorized retailers.  Based in Nettleton, the company has been in operation since early 2010.

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