MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY, MS --  Lane Furniture Company and American Furniture Company  have received a total of $650,000 to upgrade lighting and cooling/heating systems from the Mississippi Development Authority with assistance from the Franklin Furniture Institute.

"Occasionally, there are federal or state grant funds available to the furniture industry," said Bill Martin, director of the Franklin Furniture Institute. "We are pleased to offer this service to the furniture industry, which often does not have someone with this expertise."

Funding availability was provided by the Mississippi Job Protection through Energy Economic Development program administered by MDA. More than $40 million was distributed to the state by the U.S. Department of Energy for improving energy efficiency.

Lane Furniture’s corporate projects engineer Jeff Gilmore expects the improvements to create a 50 percent energy reduction in the lighting and HVAC systems at the company’s Saltillo facility.

Read the Franklin Furniture Institute's press release.

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