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A new manufacturer is coming to Montgomery County, offering more job opportunities to the area.

ArbaBlox, an engineered wood products company, is locating a state-of-the-art pallet blocks manufacturing plant in Winona, and the project is a $51.34 million corporate investment that will create 41 jobs, according to a statement released by Sue Stidham, director of the Montgomery County Economic Development District.

“ArbaBlox is proud to announce its first composite pallet block manufacturing facility, to be located in Winona, Miss.,” said Ed Milburn, chief executive officer of ArbaBlox. “We greatly appreciate all of the support from the community, and [Mississippi Development Authority] MDA in helping make this exciting project a reality. We look forward to being a strong partner in the local community.”

ArbaBlox will use the sawmill residuals from the Biewer Lumber facility in Winona to produce its patented-design composite wood pallet blocks. The venture will establish the first pallet block facility for ArbaBlox, the release stated.

“Congratulations to ArbaBlox on this tremendous investment. ArbaBlox’s innovative business strategy will help to expand the market for Mississippi’s forest products and further strengthen our state’s economy,” said Gov. Tate Reeves. “This is truly a win-win for both companies, the city of Winona, Montgomery County and the entire state of Mississippi.”

The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for building improvements. The city of Winona and Montgomery County are also assisting with the project, according to the release.

“Agriculture, forestry and wood products are top economic drivers for Mississippi, and companies are increasingly investing in our state and creating good jobs to capitalize upon the abundance of natural resources we offer. MDA is glad to support ArbaBlox as it opens its first pallet blocks manufacturing facility in our great state,” said MDA Deputy Executive Director Laura Hipp.

MDA is the state’s lead economic and community development agency and focuses on new business recruitment, existing business expansion, workforce training and tourism promotion, the release stated.

Montgomery County officials welcome the new manufacturer to the area.

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