Distribution & Warehousing

The transportation infrastructure in Mississippi provides an impressive advantage to the warehousing and distribution industry. The multi-modal connectivity and well-integrated infrastructure serve businesses in all capacities, whether by land, air, rail or sea.

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The Mississippi Logistics Advantage

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Mississippi is in the heart of one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation and is within a day’s drive of much of the United States’ business population. The state offers distribution companies a number of location options, including an abundance of land available in industrial and technology parks, as well as locations in close proximity to major airports, particularly in the Memphis metropolitan area. Having access to the distribution capital of the world, where shipments can leave as late as 10 p.m. each day, is an added advantage for Mississippi-based warehouse and distribution facilities. Mississippi’s roadways offer an exceptional divided four-lane highway infrastructure, six interstates and 14 federal highways.  The state is a prime location for storing and moving goods throughout the central United States.

  • Mississippi’s divided four-lane highway system is ranked #8 in the U.S. (2014).
  • Mississippi is within a day’s drive of more than 100 million people in the U.S. businesses and major population centers.
  • Memphis, the U.S. distribution hub and home to FedEx, is just across the northern state line.

Rail and Port

The Mississippi Advantage for warehousing and distribution extends beyond that of roadways and airports. The state’s superb rail and port infrastructure provides access to worldwide distribution as well as more environmentally friendly and sustainable delivery outlets. If North American distribution is of interest, the railways in Mississippi have access to 25,000 miles of track stretching from both coasts of Canada through the central U.S. to the Gulf Coast, Texas and Mexico. Three Mississippi ports are positioned directly on the Gulf of Mexico, two of which are deep water-accessible, for distribution companies’ export and import needs.

  • Two deepwater ports are located on the Gulf of Mexico, including the Port of Pascagoula, named one of the top 20 ports in the nation for foreign cargo volume.
  • Four Foreign Trade Zones located along the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and northern state border respectively.
  • Over 2,500 miles of rail with five Class-I and 24 Class-III rail systems.

Distribution & Warehousing Success

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Williams-Sonoma is located in Olive Branch Mississippi

September 26, 2014 – “The expansion of this facility has enabled us to create hundreds of new job opportunities for the local economy, thereby making Olive Branch the largest distribution and fulfillment operation in our portfolio,” said Dean Miller, COO of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. The company announced an expansion at its 2-million-square-foot distribution center creating approximately 900 new jobs. Read the full story >>

Helen of Troy is located in DeSoto County Mississippi

January 8, 2013 – “With the addition of this new 1.3 million-square-foot distribution center, Helen of Troy will have a total of 2.5-million square feet of owned and operated distribution capacity in DeSoto County, Mississippi,” said Helen of Troy Chairman, CEO and President Gerald J. Rubin. “We will continue to benefit from the skilled workforce, logistics infrastructure and geographic attractiveness of DeSoto County.” Read the full story >>

Distribution & Warehousing Workforce

Mississippi’s skilled workforce is its greatest treasure. Mississippians have a “can-do” attitude and are driven by pride to do things right. Robust workforce training programs offered throughout the state equip Mississippi’s people with the necessary skills to get the job done. A right-to-work state, Mississippi’s affordable cost of living, low overall cost of doing business, and tax and financing incentives make it an attractive economic option for companies of all sizes — from start-ups to established multinational corporations.

An enterprise is only as good as its people — that’s why more industry leaders are choosing a Mississippi location to compete in today’s global marketplace.

Mississippi population is 2,991,207. Average hourly wage for transportation and material moving occupations in Mississippi is $14.52. Search community college training programs by industry.

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Community Colleges

Mississippi’s 15 community colleges offer 26,403 training classes and serve more than 550 companies with customized training solutions.

The Work Force and Education Act allows employers to control state-funded industrial technology training for employees.

Northwest Mississippi Community College has developed a variety of distribution workforce training programs to serve the needs of the industry. NWMCC has trained 349 forklift operators in the last two years and has offered more than 50 classes. These classes are provided for specific companies, and open classes are also available to meet companies’ pre-employment training needs.

The Center for Manufacturing Technology Excellence (CMTE) at East Mississippi Community College is an advanced technology training center utilized by business and industry to conduct worker training. The CMTE offers manufacturing skills certification classes, M3 Production level certificates, M3 Advanced production skills classes and specialized training for companies.

Mississippi Research Universities

Mississippi is home to four major public research universities: the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi State University in Starkville, the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and Jackson State University in Jackson.

Each university plays a vital role in Mississippi’s economic and workforce development. From providing cutting-edge research to training support in new industry skills, Mississippi’s universities are ready to work with your business to help it grow to the next level.

The Center for Logistics, Trade, and Transportation (CLTT) at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg provides a competitive advantage to logistics and supply chain businesses and government agencies through its Logistics, Trade and Transportation programs.  With three locations along the Gulf Coast, CLTT’s areas of expertise include logistics and supply chain modeling, infrastructure security and hazards, geographic information systems (GIS) analysis, transportation systems evaluation and freight-based economic development.

Infrastructure

The transportation infrastructure in Mississippi provides an enviable advantage to the warehousing and distribution industry. The multi-modal connectivity and well-integrated infrastructure serve businesses in all capacities, whether by land, air, rail or sea. Mississippi is centrally located between the East and West coasts and provides easy access to major U.S. markets including Mobile, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; and St. Louis, Missouri. The U.S. distribution hub of Memphis, Tennessee, is just across Mississippi’s northern state line, and the Gulf of Mexico forms the state’s southern border. The state’s transportation infrastructure provides unparalleled distribution and delivery for manufacturers.

Mississippi is centrally located between the East and West coasts and provides easy access to major U.S. markets including Mobile, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; and St. Louis, Missouri. The U.S. distribution hub of Memphis, Tennessee, is just across Mississippi’s northern state line, and the Gulf of Mexico forms the state’s southern border.

Mississippi Incentives

The State of Mississippi offers a variety of grant, loan and tax incentive programs designed to assist businesses creating jobs and making capital investments in the state. Many of Mississippi’s incentive programs can benefit warehousing and distribution businesses. Below are commonly used business incentives programs.

For a more comprehensive list of incentives for warehousing and distribution businesses, click here.

Jobs Tax Credit

Companies receive a corporate income tax credit equal to a percentage of eligible payroll for each newly created job. These credits are available for a five-year period, or the company can opt for job training grants that cover up to 75 percent of the cost of training employees and range from $1,000 to $2,000 per worker. View a detailed pdf.

Free Port Warehouse Property Tax Exemption

Full exemption from property taxes may be granted by local governing authorities on personal property that is being held and stored prior to transport to a final destination outside the state. The exemption may be granted for all local property taxes and may be granted for any period of time set by the local governing authority. View a detailed pdf.

Standard Property Tax Exemption

For companies that locate or expand in the state, subject to the discretion of the county and city government, this exemption is available for up to 10 years and may be granted on real and tangible property being used in the state. View a detailed pdf.

For a full list of incentives available from the state, visit the incentives page.