Company to create 60 direct jobs
The New Yorker Blower Company and Kiln Drying Systems & Components will be investing $8.14 million in Philadelphia to open a new facility and create 60 jobs, Gov. Tate Reeves announced last week.
“New York Blower and KDS’ new facility in Neshoba County will bring not only good-paying jobs but also new opportunities to the area’s residents and local community, Reeves said in making the announcement on Friday. “We welcome them to Mississippi and look forward to the bright economic future of these companies and our state.”
The two companies manufacture batch and continuous lumber drying kilns, wood waste heat plants and industrial air movement products.
New York Blower and KDS selected Mississippi as the location of its new Southeast operations due to the numerous sawmills that have announced new locations or expansions in the area recently. The new joint venture will be known as New York Blower/KDS.
Their operations will be located in the former Richardson Molding facility in Philadelphia. New York Blower/KDS is presently renovating the facility’s interior and exterior and installing equipment.
“We look forward to our expansion into Mississippi and the opportunity to create quality jobs in Philadelphia,” said Tim O’Hare, president and chief executive officer of New York Blower. “We are appreciative of the state of Mississippi and Neshoba County for their partnership in making this possible.”
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for building improvements. The New York Blower/KDS also has been certified for the Advantage Jobs Rebate Program, which is designated for eligible businesses that create new jobs exceeding the average annual wage of the state or county in which the company locates or expands.
The city of Philadelphia, Neshoba County and Tennessee Valley Authority also are providing assistance with the project as well, officials said.
“When established companies like New York Blower and KDS choose to locate in Mississippi, it demonstrates their confidence in our transportation systems, workforce and our quality of life,” said MDA Deputy Executive Director Laura Hipp.
Local officials welcomed New York Blower and KDS to the community.
"We welcome New York Blower to the city of Philadelphia,” said Mayor James A. Young. “Thanks to Gov. Tate Reeves and the staff of MDA, the hard work of David Vowell of our local Community Development Partnership and the support of city and county governments made this possible. Quality manufacturing will bring new opportunities to the citizens of Philadelphia.”
County leaders expressed their appreciation.
“The Neshoba County Board of Supervisors appreciates New York Blower for locating its new manufacturing facility in our community, and we look forward to a continued partnership to promote their success and to expand the manufacturing jobs that are available to the citizens of Neshoba County and East Central Mississippi,” said Kevin Cumberland, president, Neshoba County Board of Supervisors.
David Vowell, executive director of the Community Development Partnership, said he was excited about future opportunities.
"We want to thank all of those involved with New York Blower and KDS as they locate here in Neshoba County,” he said. “The MDA staff, Neshoba County, city of Philadelphia and Tinsley Real Estate were all very instrumental in this project. We look forward to working more with NYB/KDS in the future months to bring more opportunities to our community.”