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CalStar Invests $8 Million To Locate Manufacturing Center in Columbus, Mississippi

Area Development Online News Desk (07/08/2013)
A company that develops and produces environmentally-friendly, sustainable building products, CalStar, will invest $8 million to establish a manufacturing facility in Columbus, Mississippi, initially creating 17 jobs with its census expected to increase to 58 over three years.

The firm will locate in a 100,000-square-foot building shell in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park, with plans to build out the facility beginning this summer. The plant will produce the full line of CalStar’s masonry products, including bricks, pavers, Thru-Wall units and cast stone.

“CalStar is undergoing rapid, exciting changes as we continue to expand our product to expand our product offerings and grow our manufacturing footprint,” said CalStar CEO Joel Rood. “Columbus is an ideal setting for the new plant, with a central location in the South, an able labor force and a strong government and business leadership. We’re thrilled to call Columbus our new second home.”

“I am grateful to the CalStar team for selecting Columbus as the home of its new manufacturing operations. I know our skilled workforce and our favorable business climate will help guarantee the company enjoys years of success in Lowndes County,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “CalStar’s decision to locate in our state reinforces the fact that "Mississippi Works!".

The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance with site preparation and the completion of the building. Lowndes County provided assistance in support of the project, as well.

“We are proud MDA could assist CalStar with this project, and we thank the company for investing in our state and in our workers,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “We appreciate the local officials and the economic development partners in Lowndes County for their commitment in making this project a reality.”

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