HGTV stars launch manufacturing company
January 13, 2022 | 9:11 pm CST

HGTV stars launched a wood-countertop and cutting-board manufacturing company under the Scotsman brand.

LAUREL, Ms. --  Erin and Ben Napier, the stars of HGTV’s series “Home Town,” are launching a new manufacturing company called Scotsman Manufacturing Company.

The TV stars, along with partners Mallorie and Jim Rasberry and Emily and Josh Nowell, are locating the wood-countertop and cutting-board manufacturing operations under the Scotsman brand. The owners will wholesale its products to retailers nationwide. The management team already operates a mercantile, general store and woodshop.

The Mississippi Development Authority is assisting with building improvements. Scotsman Manufacturing Company also has been certified for the Advantage Jobs Rebate Program, which is designated for eligible businesses that create new jobs that exceed the average annual wage of the state or county in which the company locates or expands. Mississippi Power is aiding with energy efficiency upgrades to the facility.

“The Napiers and their partners the Rasberrys and the Nowells have consistently chosen to invest back into our community,” said Jones County Economic Development Authority President Ross Tucker. “We are proud they have once again chosen to expand locally by basing their latest endeavor, Scotsman Manufacturing Company, here in Laurel. In true Napier fashion, they have chosen a distressed warehouse to revitalize and start this new venture. Jones County has certainly seen a positive impact from each project they claim, and we are confident this one will follow suit.”

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