SMITHVILLE, MS — Townhouse Home Furnishings, a stationary furniture manufacturer located in Smithville, Miss., in Monroe County, is adding a new access road and undertaking other infrastructure improvements in order to accommodate future growth. The project, which will create 15 new jobs, will allow Townhouse employees to utilize a separate entrance from the delivery and outgoing transportation area and will create a new access road connecting to Highway 25. The project represents a $20,000 investment by the company.

The Mississippi Development Authority worked closely with the company to help facilitate the expansion and provided assistance through the Mississippi Rural Impact Fund (RIF) Program to help with the addition of the access road.

"Townhouse Home Furnishings is truly a home-grown company that has expanded considerably since its humble beginnings," said MDA Executive Director Gray Swoope. "I commend Jeremy Lafayette and company officials for their continued investment in Smithville and for creating more jobs in the area. I am pleased we are able to once again assist Townhouse as the company continues to expand its Mississippi operations."

Prior to this expansion, MDA worked with Townhouse to assist with two previous expansions, which represented a combined $1.5 million investment by the company and created a total of 100 new jobs. Assistance from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Town of Smithville also helped the company in its previous expansions.

Townhouse Home Furnishings was founded in 2002 by Jeremy Lafayette in a garage with only five workers. Since then, the company has grown to 120 employees and is now located in three buildings with manufacturing space totaling 170,000 square feet.

Additionally, Jamco Furniture Industries, an upholstered furniture manufacturer located in Tishomingo, is expanding its facility in order to accommodate an increase in production. The 5,000-square-foot expansion represents a $200,000 investment by the company and will create 10 new jobs.

Jamco was able to expand with assistance through MDA's RIF Program and the Community Development Block Grant Program, both of which helped the company with infrastructure improvements critical to its expansion.

MDA's Existing Industry and Business team worked closely with Townhouse and Jamco officials, as well as local officials, to determine the best programs available to assist the companies with their expansions.

"Jamco and Townhouse join other furniture manufacturers such as United Furniture and Southern Motion, both of which have also recently announced the expansion of their Mississippi operations, creating additional jobs in the state," said Swoope. "We are pleased to have worked with Jamco and these other furniture businesses to help them continue to grow and thrive in Mississippi."

About Mississippi Development Authority

Mississippi Development Authority is the State of Mississippi's lead economic and community development agency. Nearly 300 employees are engaged in providing services to businesses, communities and workers in the state. While the agency is best known for its efforts to recruit new businesses to Mississippi, the Authority provides services to promote tourism, help communities improve their quality of place, help existing employers identify and meet opportunities and challenges and help workers improve their skills – all with the goal of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of Mississippians.

SOURCE: Mississippip Development Authority

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