Allied-Locke Industries and The Taylor Group will be among companies looking for potential employees during a jobs fair here on Oct. 17.

The jobs fair, open to the public, will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the senior citizens center at Northside Park.

Allied-Locke will manufacture agricultural chains at its facility in the Union Industrial Park.

Based in Dixon, Ill., the company purchased the former Brook Manufacturing facility in Neshoba County earlier this year.

Community Development Partnership President David Vowell told supervisors on Monday that Allied-Locke was looking to hire welders and machinists initially and later assembly workers and others.

"Since they purchased the Brook building, Allied-Locke has picked up a large grain contract to supply chain. The company has also sold one of its facilities in another state and is going to move that operation here."

Vowell said one reason Allied chose the former Brook building was because it has space for future growth.

"It's a really strong company," Vowell said. "I think they started operations in the 1960s. They have expanded into several states. They feel like this is an opportunity for growth for their agricultural chains. They are strong and we are appreciative of them wanting to be part of Neshoba County."

The company is expected to have an annual economic impact here of about $1.3 million, according to a report from the state Development Authority.

The Taylor Company is also seeking welders and assembly workers as well, Vowell said.

The Taylor Group's $720,582.75 purchase of a city-owned warehouse in the industrial park was approved earlier this year by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

Taylor has also purchased a county-owned speculative building in the industrial park where it manufactures lift trucks and employs 30 people.

The Taylor Group also occupies a third building in the industrial park, Sudden Service Inc.

Sudden Services employs 55 people at the industrial park location. The facility manufactures 99 percent of service components. The machine shop services include engine transmission rebuilding, complete fabrication, machining, boring, grinding, straightening, honing and welding.

Most recently, Taylor has rented additional space in the Neshoba County Business Enterprise Center, Vowell said.

Robert Taylor, vice president of operations, said the company looks forward to growing in the future in Neshoba County.

For more information on the job fair call the CDP office at 601-656-1000.