New company coming

Published 12:02 am Sunday, August 7, 2011

NATCHEZ — Natchez Inc. officials have sent out their second of two recent invitations in almost exactly two months for a ceremony on the Natchez bluff at which an “economic development announcement” will be made.

The newest company, which will be located in Adams County, involves heavy manufacturing, Natchez Inc. Executive Director Chandler Russ said.

The announcement is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the gazebo on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, the invitation says.

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Russ said Adams County’s access to the Mississippi River played a role in the company’s decision to locate in the area.

The announcement comes on the heels of a similar June 7 ceremony announcing the opening of a specialty company plant in Natchez, in which the company Elevance Renewable Sciences pledged to invest $225 million and create 165 permanent jobs and more than 300 construction jobs.

Russ said the scale of the newest project is not as vast as Elevance.

“The size and magnitude (of the Elevance announcement) is one you only get every 30 or 40 years,” Russ explained.

But the new manufacturer will impact jobs and the economy of the area, Russ said.

“The potential for jobs and for investment (as related to Tuesday’s announcement) is great and as important as Elevance,” Russ said.

U.S. Congressman Gregg Harper and officials from the Mississippi Development Authority are expected to attend the announcement, Russ said.

Harper and MDA officials attended the Elevance announcement with Gov. Haley Barbour.

Russ said Natchez Inc. has been working to locate the new company involved in Tuesday’s announcement in Adams County for approximately four months.

“We, from Natchez Inc.’s standpoint and all involved, are just really excited to be able to have two announcements and work with these two quality companies,” Russ said.

Recognizing Natchez Inc. has recently been on a roll in landing big projects, Russ said residents should not expect another big announcement to piggy-back recent ones.

“I’m optimistic (more big projects will locate in Natchez-Adams County), but there’s no immediate future plans for (other) announcements of this magnitude.”

As specified on the invitation, the name and details of the company locating in Adams County will remain confidential until Tuesday’s announcement.