10/10/2012 6:00:00 AM KemPosits to add nearly 100 workers
An employee at KemPosits in the Choctaw TechParc demonstrates technology used in manufacturing walkin-bathtubs for elderly and disabled individuals. With 32 current employees and plans to expand to nearly 100, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians cut the ribbon on the new facility Thursday. KemPosits is a California manufacturing company that utilizes Light Resin Transfer Molding to produce world-class products such as the Eco-Elite Series bathtubs shown above.
By STEVEN THOMAS Staff Reporter
With 32 current employees and plans to expand to nearly 100, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians cut the ribbon on the new KemPosits manufacturing facility on Thursday at the Choctaw TechParc.
KemPosits is a California manufacturing company that utilizes Light Resin Transfer Molding to produce world-class products such as the Eco-Elite Series of walk-in bathtubs.
Choctaw Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson welcomed the company on the one-year anniversary of her inauguration, saying there was great potential for expanding job opportunities in a high-tech manufacturing setting.
"I feel very blessed to be here representing my people and I am so humbled to have shared that with them," she said.
Anderson cited her inauguration speech from last year where she warned that it would take time to get back on the right path but with help the Tribe could succeed.
"Today marks a time when we are in partnership with KemPosits and I am very hopeful that this partnership will lead to more," she said. "It takes people that are dedicated, it takes people to support each other and make things happen."
The ceremony also featured remarks from Rep. Gregg Harper from Mississippi's Third Congressional District; David Vowell, Community Development Partnership President; and Frank Rhea with Trustmark National Bank.
Harper, who visited the facility in the spring during the construction phase, thanked everyone who played a part in the project.
It takes a team approach to get things done, he said, noting the number of people who put time and effort in to ensure that KemPosits relocated here.
"When we look at a project like this, what this does is build on success so others will say: What's going on in Choctaw? What do they have going on in this area? This will not be the last ribbon cutting we ll have."
Harper also noted that KemPosits is a great example of how Mississippi is leading the country in many ways, including manufacturing.
"Let me just say this: 'Thank You,'" he said. "This is an exciting time. Not only are we building a product that will be sold around the world, it s a quality product."
Before the ribbon was cut, Charlie Quinn, KemPosits President and CEO, shared his excitement for joining the local and surrounding communities and businesses to bring KemPosits here.
"We were greeted with open arms, appreciated and that Southern hospitality really came out," he said.
Quinn said KemPosits has invested $2 million into state-of-the-art equipment to boost the facility ahead of its competition.
After the ribbon was cut, Quinn provided a guided tour of the facility for guests.
While full production was not in progress, visitors were shown exactly what KemPosits could do.
The facility provides not only a quality product but also several services including metal fabrication, powder coating and tooling design/fabrication, Quinn said.
To highlight this, he provided Anderson, Harper and state representative C. Scott Bounds with blue nameplates made in the new facility.
KemPosits first product will be a walk-in bathtub for elderly and disabled individuals.