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04/18/05

Two Louisiana Companies Moving To Picayune

Two more Louisiana companies are pulling up stakes and moving to Mississippi. "St. Tammany Box" and "Farmers Fresh Produce" are moving their operations to the Picayune Industrial Park.

The produce company is moving into the spot the B-Way coffee can plant left vacant a year ago, putting more than 150 people out of work.

"They'll be bringing in produce in bulk. Then they'll custom pack that and ship it to cafeterias, schools, this type of stuff," Picayune City Manager Reggie Frierson said.

The company will transfer about 20 people from its current location, but will hire about 35 others from the Picayune area.

"Their goals are, in the next five years, to double their operation."

The news came a bit late for Eddie Porter who had worked at B-way for 24 years. After being unemployed for a year, he finally landed a job in New Orleans last week.

"I've been looking for something local, but unfortunately it came too late for me. I'm glad to see somebody's coming in and doing something with the building."

Farmers Fresh Produce is the latest in a growing list of new tenants at the Picayune Industrial Park.

"The box company is moving here from LaComb, Louisiana. They do specialty packaging for the Department of Defense. They have a contract and they wanted a place where they could expand. He's bringing about 10 or 12 jobs and wants to expand to 20," Pearl River County's Economic Development Director Ron Russell said.

Pearl River County leaders say the park's proximity to I-59, access to the railroad and low taxes make it attractive for businesses.

Local leaders hope this is just the beginning.

"I think there will be some satellite companies that may spin off of this in terms of truck and truck traffic. They'll need places for their repair and fueling these trucks up as they come and go in this community," President of Partners for Pearl River County, Glade Woods said.

Farmers Fresh Produce and St. Tammany Box should be open in Picayune in July.

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