AIA Countertops Locating Operations in Lee County
Jackson, Mississippi – AIA Countertops, a division of Patrick Industries, Inc., is expanding its operations into Baldwyn, Mississippi in Lee County, investing $600,000 and creating 60 new jobs.
“I am pleased the AIA team chose Lee County as the location of their new countertop fabrication operation,” Governor Phil Bryant said. “I know the skilled, productive workforce found in North Mississippi will ensure AIA enjoys many successful years in our state.”
AIA’s operations will be located in an existing 110,000-square-foot building in the Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Complex. The building was previously occupied by Fairfield Distribution.
“We look forward to commencing AIA’s operations in North Mississippi and working with its skilled workforce to partner with us in expanding the geographic footprint of our countertop fabrication operations,” said Patrick Industries, Inc., COO Jeff Rodino. “We are excited about the opportunity to continue to showcase our innovative product lines to the residential, commercial, recreational vehicle and certain other industries located in the surrounding areas.”
Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance to relocate and install equipment. Lee County is providing property tax abatements effective for 10 years. Tennessee Valley Authority is also assisting with the project.
“MDA welcomes AIA as the newest corporate partner to the state of Mississippi and thanks the company for bringing 60 new career opportunities to Lee County,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “We appreciate the teamwork of the Community Development Foundation, Lee County and the Tennessee Valley Authority, which along with the MDA team, played a vital role in bringing AIA to North Mississippi.”
AIA is slated to begin operations in Lee County in September 2016.