The opening ceremony of Metso's expanded and renovated operations facility took place Oct. 5 in Clarksdale, Miss. Metso says the investment decision to renew the Clarksdale facility is part of its strategy to strengthen its service's business capabilities for its mining and construction customers. The investment of more than $4 million is expected to create 30 new jobs in addition to the 61 existing positions.
In remarks at the official opening, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, who was guest of honor at the ceremony, said, "Today is a great day for the Clarksdale community as Metso officially opens its renewed manufacturing operations, which have provided new job opportunities for the area's workforce. I appreciate the Metso team for choosing to invest in its Mississippi operations, and I congratulate the company on this milestone event."
"On behalf of Metso's management, I would like to thank the Mississippi government and all contributors for favorable support and assistance," said João Ney Colagrossi, president of Metso's Services Business Line, Mining and Construction. "The central location in the North American marketplace, our long history in the area, as well as our skilled and knowledgeable people makes Clarksdale an ideal place for the consolidation of our conveyor solutions production."
The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance for the project.
Metso produces belt conveyor idlers at the renewed Clarksdale facility, primarily for the North American market. Belt conveyor idlers are used to support conveyor belts in bulk material applications.