New Jobs Headed For Hernando

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(Hernando, MS) The company that used to occupy the big plant on McCracken Road employed more people in Hernando than any other business.

It’s looked like a ghost town for a while now, but that’s about to change.

Soon, a new company will occupy much of the 370-thousand square feet of empty space, employ up to 70 people and Hernando’s Mayor couldn’t be happier.

”Obviously, we’re pretty excited. We’ve had a site sitting out there vacant for four or five years. We lost a lot of jobs years ago,” said Chip Johnson.

Who’s moving in? A neighbor.

The Schultz companies that make pipe in Tunica, hope to have production humming here soon, under a new subsidiary.

”The first part will start in the next couple of weeks already. So as soon as we get all the permits done and have the safety established," explained Daniel Koelling of the Schultz Companies.

Within a month or so, Schultz will take the pipe it makes in Tunica and improving it for all kinds of high-tech purposes.

The plant seems a perfect fit as it was home to Alcoa and Alumax which made aluminum items.

The old aluminum plant closed for the last time about four years ago putting lots of people out of work. At the same time, Schultz started producing pipes out of its new Tunica plant and saw this site as an affordable way to expand its business.

Schultz executives say their good experience in Tunica kept them in the same area when they looked to expand.

Schultz will invest from 30 to 50 million dollars in this complex to start working with the company’s stainless steel pipe products.

”To get a partner like this, well-known to us in this area as SXP to occupy that building and bring jobs and stir up some activity in that area is a welcome thing for us,” said Mayor Johnson.

The Mayor and others hope it will also help lure more companies to locate nearby.