Officials from the global equipment manufacturing firm Metso have announced plans to expand the company’s operations in Clarksdale, Miss., to increase conveyor component manufacturing.
Metso says it will invest an estimated $4 million at the facility an to create 30 to 50 new jobs at the site once the expansion is operational.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says, “I am pleased that Metso has chosen to expand production capabilities at its Clarksdale location. The company had other options, and the fact that the company chose Clarksdale speaks volumes about Mississippi’s business climate and workforce.”
“These investments are done to strengthen our services business capabilities for our mining and construction customers. After a detailed study we saw clearly that Clarksdale was the best location for us,” says Pasi Jokela, senior vice president of Metso’s Mining and Construction business.
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) provided assistance in support of the project to help Metso move equipment to the Clarksdale facility. Additionally, the agency provided assistance for renovations to the Clarksdale facility and for workforce training.
“We thank Metso for its commitment to Mississippi and for creating these new job opportunities for the area’s workforce,” says Brent Christensen, MDA executive director. “I am pleased MDA could assist with this project, and we are grateful to our local partners for making this expansion possible.”