Lockers Manufacturing Plans Batesville, Mississippi, Manufacturing Facility
Lockers purchased a 62,000-square-foot facility in Batesville’s original industrial zone where it plans to begin new lines of production by October. Lockers Manufacturing plans to fill the 60 jobs by the end of 2024.
“Lockers Manufacturing has a long and rich history in the locker industry. After a multiple-state vetting process, we are proud to select and bring manufacturing jobs to the great state of Mississippi. The expansion in Batesville means jobs for 60 more families, and that is reason enough to celebrate today and be hopeful for an even brighter future here in Panola County,” said Lockers Manufacturing Founder and CEO Keith Dunham.
“There are a number of great assets in Mississippi leading to our decision to pick the Batesville location. These include the quality of Mississippi’s manufacturing workforce, the highway system and a prime location in the country servicing our nationwide dealer network. But the greatest asset is the people, from the state and local leadership to the workforce, who continue to deliver, helping companies like Lockers Manufacturing grow and prosper. We are very excited about the future as we continue to achieve a prominent leader status in the respected markets we serve,” he added.
Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for equipment relocation and installation. Lockers Manufacturing also qualifies for the Advantage Jobs Rebate Program, a rebate program for eligible businesses that create new jobs exceeding the average annual wage of the state or county in which the company locates or expands. Panola County also is assisting with this project.
“The talented leadership found in Panola County continually proves itself to be an integral part of the region’s economic growth. The Mississippi Development Authority is proud once again to support Joe Azar and the entire Panola team in their ongoing efforts to strengthen the region’s economy as they welcome Lockers Manufacturing and new manufacturing jobs to Batesville,” said MDA Executive Director John Rounsaville. “We appreciate the hard work of the Panola Partnership, the Panola County Board of Supervisors, the mayor of Batesville, the Batesville Board of Aldermen and the Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association, all of which were vital to bringing this economic development to North Mississippi.”
Lockers Manufacturing specializes in the production of state-of-the-art locker storage systems that have achieved award-winning quality standards for safety and security storage applications. The lockers consist of up to 50 percent recycled content when metal is the primary material. The company also manufactures smart lockers, computer cabinets, storage cabinets and commercial shelving.
“Lockers Manufacturing is a stateside manufacturer of custom lockers. Their new Batesville facility will contain manufacturing machines from lasers, punch presses, press brakes, welding stations, final assembly and a new seven-stage, state-of -the-art powder coat line. Our NWCC Concourse Skills Training Center played a deciding factor in their recruitment,” said Panola Partnership Director of Economic Development Joe Azar. “The Panola Partnership thanks Governor Reeves and MDA for their continued support, as together, we have brought five new projects to Panola County in such a short time.”
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