(Marshall County, MS) Two-hundred-and-fifty new jobs are headed to Marshall County, Miss.
Swedish truck maker Volvo Group is building a one-million square-foot parts distribution center off Highway 72.
The facility will support the company's truck brands, as well as Volvo construction equipment.
The economic wheels are turning at the Chickasaw-Trails Industrial Park in Marshall County.
That's welcomed news to Royle Strickland, who lives in Marshall County.
"Mississippi needs more jobs, needs a lot of jobs really. This will help us out a whole lot. I hope I'm one of the first 250 to get in there," said Strickland.
The Marshall County Industrial Development Authority has been courting Volvo for several months and believes the location in Highway 72 sealed the deal.
Justin Hall is Executive Director.
"The Chickasaw-Trails area is a growing area. The proximity to Memphis, but with al the connectivity and the available green space. It's just a great site," said Justin Hall.
The facility will distribute parts for Volvo, Mack and UD truck brands and should be operating by early 2015.
"It's a big, big deal. "
News that Volvo is coming to Marshall County is especially exciting to Phil Malone, the Mayor of Byhalia.
The town has the natural gas franchise for the Chickasaw-Trails Industrial Park.
"Years ago we ran natural gas lines out in that area. And we've kinda been sitting and hoping and praying that this time was coming. And it's here," said Mayor Malone.
Byhalia Tire and Battery has been a fixture in Marshall County for 33 years.
Co-owner Bill Hale said he expects his business to improve, because people who have jobs need their vehicles to get to work.
"I think that's the problem right now is not enough jobs. So people don't have the money to spend to do maintenance on their car, put new tires on the car. I think it's going to help a lot in this area. Two-hundred and fifty jobs is a lot of jobs for this area," said Bill Hale.
Volvo Group employes 110,000 people and has production facilities in 19 countries.