MDA director: re-purpose assets to attract new business to state

MDA director: re-purpose assets to attract new business to state

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - State economic developers are touting a strategy that helped bring a new distribution center to Columbia and with it, nearly two dozen new jobs.

The Mississippi Development Authority and the Marion County Development Partnership teamed up to help turn an abandoned furniture warehouse into a new distribution facility for Nelson Wholesale Service, Inc.

Twenty people will work there, and it'll store pet food and pet products.

The warehouse had been a part of the old Orleans Furniture Company.

MDA officials said developing abandoned buildings like the facility in Columbia will attract new businesses.

"We're seeing that we need to take all of our assets, which we've got many, many in Mississippi, that we can re-purpose buildings that may be vacant," said Glenn McCullogh, Jr., executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. "We can actually develop industrial sites, we're working with utilities in that effort, so that certainly is a strategy that MDA is pursuing everyday."

Nelson Wholesale Service re-located its distribution center from Hammond, Louisiana to Columbia.