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Willie O'Neal "Billy" Whitlock, 90, departed this life for his heavenly home from his daughter's home in Charleston, MS. Billy was born in Chi…

A northeast Mississippi furniture maker is investing $500,000 in an expansion, with plans to hire 71 new employees over four years. HomeStretch announced the expansion of its Nettleton plant on Thursday. The plant, which opened in 2010 and makes upholstered reclining furniture, now has 430 employees. Company President Skipper Holliman says the company is trying …

By LISA MONTI When American Furniture officials announced in December the company had expanded its footprint in Mississippi by locating manufacturing operations in Amory, state leaders took the $560,000 investment in Monroe County as a good sign. The company also has manufacturing operations in Ecru. “Mississippi’s furniture manufacturing industry has experienced significant growth over the past …

ECRU — Upholstered furniture manufacturer Fusion Furniture Inc. is expanding operations at its facility in north Mississippi’s Pontotoc County The company announced Tuesday that it will invest $1.6 million and create 100 jobs, bringing employment in Ecru location to 430. Fusion Furniture will build a 100,000-square-foot addition at its existing facility. Mississippi Development Authority is …

TUPELO, Mississippi — The Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) recently confirmed that it will hold a reception for furniture manufacturers and suppliers on Wednesday, August 13, just prior to opening day of the fall iteration of the Tupelo Furniture Market. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. and will be located in Building VI at the …

STARKVILLE — Furniture-industry experts, as well as government officials, will examine “The Road Ahead” at Mississippi State University’s 2014 Manufacturing Summit. The fourth-annual summit, to be held April 23, will feature Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves for the 11:15 a.m. keynote address. All activities will be held at MSU’s Hassell H. Franklin Furniture Institute, located at …