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By Dennis Seid

Daily Journal

One of Northeast Mississippi’s largest furniture manufacturers is getting bigger.

Pontotoc-based furniture manufacturer Southern Motion said Thursday it is expanding its operations at its Baldwyn facility.

The company is investing $600,000 and is adding 60 jobs over the next 12 months, according to Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Development Authority.

MDA said it provided help by expanding the company’s parking lot. The Prentiss County Development Association, the city of Baldwyn and Prentiss County also provided assistance.

Founded in 1996, Southern Motion builds motion furniture, including recliners, sofas and loveseats, sectionals and home theater furniture.

Officials say the move will bring employment in Pontotoc to 235.

Southern Motion was founded in Pontotoc, where it employs 1,100 workers at four facilities totaling 600,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehousing space.

The company has been in Baldwyn since late 2011, when it said it was moving into the former Forefront Golf facility. Southern Motion bought the 192,500-square-foot facility at auction, and said it would invest $3 million and add 150 workers.

It began production in Baldwyn in mid-2012.

In a news release, Bryant praised Southern Motion as a “significant contributor to Mississippi’s furniture industry and this new investment by the company in its Baldwyn facility demonstrates its commitment to the local community and the state of Mississippi.”

Company president and CEO Roger Bland said support from state, regional and local levels “as well as the skilled workforce found in north Mississippi, has played a significant role in our company’s success in the state.”

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