St. James Lighting is expanding its production facility in Columbia, Mississippi
, in order to meet a growing demand for its products. The project represents a $225,000 investment and will create 20 jobs, which will more than double its workforce.
A manufacturer of handcrafted copper lighting fixtures, the firm will relocate to the facility formerly occupied by Orleans Furniture to accommodate the increase in production. “We are very excited about moving into a facility that allows us to continue supplying quality, high-end, handcrafted copper and steel light fixtures to our customers,” said St. James Lighting Owner Jim Ragan. “The extra space will also facilitate growth into categories we are not presently involved in, mostly, handcrafted iron work and custom interior chandeliers and pendants.”
“Homegrown businesses like St. James Lighting are an important part of Mississippi’s economy, and I appreciate the company for growing its business in Columbia and creating these new jobs,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “It is exciting to see a ‘made in Mississippi’ manufacturing operation grow, and this expansion will position the company for continued success well into the future.”
The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance through the Community Development Block Grant program for renovations to the publicly-owned facility in which St. James Lighting will locate. The City of Columbia provided assistance for the project, as well.
“We are glad we could assist St. James Lighting as the company grows and creates new job opportunities for the residents of Columbia and Marion County,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “MDA is committed to helping our state’s businesses prosper in today’s economy, and we stand ready with the resources in place to help with projects like this expansion.”