Upholsterer invests $6.5 million to expand operations
January 25, 2022 | 2:28 pm CST

NEW ALBANY, Ms. -- Kevin Charles Fine Upholstery will invest $6.571 million to expand operations in New Albany, Mississippi. The project is expected to create 75 jobs within four years.

The expansion will allow the company to meet an increase in consumer demand, according to the Mississippi Development Authority. Kevin Charles produces high-quality furniture that is hand-assembled at the 125,000 square-foot facility, including the Kevin Charles brand of furniture for City Furniture, a South Florida-based retailer, allowing City Furniture the flexibility to respond quickly to its customers’ needs.

“Kevin Charles and City Furniture appreciate the continuing support from our state, Union County and New Albany leaders, along with Three Rivers Planning and Development and the Mississippi Development Authority. Kevin Charles is committed to this area and continuing to build quality products and create jobs to join our team of quality associates,” said Kevin Charles Furniture President Rusty Berryhill.

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is assisting with infrastructure improvements. In addition, the city of New Albany and Union County also are assisting with the project.

“Kevin Charles’ decision to expand for the second time in three years highlights the strength of Mississippi’s economy, and what’s possible when you’re committed to providing job creators with the business-friendly environment they need to succeed. I look forward to seeing the positive economic impact these jobs will have on New Albany and Union County for years to come,” said Governor Tate Reeves.

The expansion marks the company’s second in New Albany in three years, where it currently employs 122 associates.

“Kevin Charles consistently produces top-quality furniture for City Furniture in Florida, and as a result, the company once again is bringing dozens of new job opportunities to Union County. MDA is glad to support Kevin Charles as it once again invests in its operations and workforce, and we thank our partners at Three Rivers Planning and Development District, the city of New Albany and Union County for working with us to make this project a reality,” MDA Interim Executive Director Laura Hipp noted.

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