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Company locates to Natchez

NATCHEZ — Gov. Phil Bryant and representatives from Natchez Inc. will announce this week a new company that will be locating to Natchez.

Natchez Inc. Executive Director Chandler Russ said the group must remain tight-lipped about the company until the day of the announcement, but he said Natchez Inc. and the company have finalized all agreements to bring the new business to the area.

“We’re very excited to offer this opportunity,” he said. “We’ve been blessed and fortunate here of late, and we feel our future is only getting brighter.”

The ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the gazebo on the bluff. Lunch will follow on the bluff.

It will be the fifth major announcement since Natchez Inc. was formed, all before the economic development group’s second birthday.

KiOR most recently announced it plans to locate one of several Mississippi production facilities in Natchez, leading to the employment of up to 300 workers and potentially investing $200 million at the port.

The last time a Mississippi governor made an economic development announcement in Natchez was in June 2011, when former Gov. Haley Barbour announced that Elevance would be locating to the area, bringing with it 165 permanent jobs.

Elevance and Enersteel — two of the first three announcements — are already producing products and paying local employees.

HCL CleanTech is still in development.