Nashville-based industrial metal systems designer and fabricator, John W. McDougall Co., Inc., has opened a new fabrication facility in Carthage that will employ up to 24 people.

The 44,000 square foot facility, located at 151 Industrial Drive, provides ample space for larger work to be done as well as workforce expansion opportunities.

The company has maintained a solid workload from Mississippi-based industries for over a decade and sees this expansion as an opportunity to provide a more local service for fabrication and installation to industry in the region. Carthage was chosen for the expansion due to its central location and solid workforce.

"The opening of our Mississippi facility is a monumental step in the continued growth of our company," says John W. McDougall Co., Inc. President Alec McDougall.

"With a concentration of industry in the region, we hope to extend our reach as a trusted resource for fabrication, installation, emergency and shut down work in service to the pulp and paper, automotive manufacturing and other markets."

The community of Carthage welcomed the 75-year old company at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 17.

John W. McDougall Co., Inc. president, Alec McDougall, and the new Mississippi facility's manager, JJ Hawkins, welcomed State Senator Giles Ward, State Representative Jason White, Carthage Mayor Jimmy Wallace, and more state and local community leaders as they toured the facility and learned more about the company and what they hope to achieve in Leake County.

With a theme of "Bringing Together the Best of Mississippi and Tennessee," guests celebrated other business successes in the two states' histories by enjoying foods that are native to and produced in Mississippi and Tennessee.

"This part of the state, rural Mississippi, especially the center part, has been on tough economic times," says State Representative Jason White.

"Sometimes we feel like we get overlooked in favor of some of the metro areas and the more prominent trade areas of the state, so it's a coup for this part of the state to actually get a company of this caliber here.

"From a state government standpoint we want to do all we can to support them and make sure that their investment and endeavors here are fruitful."

The Mississippi facility has already begun work on projects, including a robot assist arm for a major automotive manufacturer.

Bringing together the sterling reputations of John W. McDougall Co., Inc. and its new Carthage facility management team (industry veteran JJ Hawkins, Shop Superintendent Brandon Monk and Field Superintendent Joe Page) they are actively reaching out to a wide array of regional industries in hopes of bringing more work back to Leake County.

John W. McDougall Co., Inc. is a third generation family business founded in 1938 that began as a manufacturers' representative for industrial air conditioning and heating systems.

Soon after, the company's founder, John W. McDougall, found a foothold within the market by expanding the company's role in making the industrial ductwork for the systems.

As the company continued to expand within the industrial market with its products and services, John W. McDougall Co., Inc. helped build the infrastructure of the United States, from schools and hospitals to factories and military bases.

Today, with two divisions, the company is a leader in fabrication, installation, repair and maintenance of a wide range of industrial applications and markets as well as fabricator and installer of architectural façade wall panel systems.