PONTOTOC, Miss. - Behold Washington Furniture is well on its way to seeing a full recovery after its factory was destroyed by arson last September.
The company, a recent merger between Behold Home and Washington Furniture, is expanding into a new 400,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its main plant. The new plant - set to be completed in September and fully-operational in October - will feature more than 20 loading docks and allow customers to pick up anything they want in a week. The loading docks will help the company quickly ship finished goods to retailers.
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing $400,000 in grants for the expansion. The city of Pontotoc purchased the facility and is leasing it to the company. 215 employees work at the plant.
“We continue to expand our footprint here in Pontotoc, and we don’t have any plans of slowing down,” said Behold Washington Vice President of Sales John Beard. “Pontotoc has an excellent workforce and has always been a great environment to expand operations.”
Police declared the September fire arson. The fire was devastating - completely decimating the wood mill, cutting and sewing facilities, finished goods warehouse, offices, manufacturing area, and maintenance shop. The culprit was never apprehended. Washington Furniture was able to resume production just three weeks after the fire, thanks to the still unmerged Behold Home adding a furniture line at its nearby Smithville facility.
Behold Washington manufacturers motion and stationary furniture.
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