"I am pleased today to help recognize the contributions of two outstanding companies - Ice Industries Grenada Stamping and Assembly and Yorozu Automotive Mississippi - as the automotive manufacturing sector continues to develop in Mississippi," said Governor Barbour.
"These skilled workers are not only turning out world-class products, but also helping Mississippi achieve greater recognition in the automotive corridor here in the South. It is my hope that these companies will continue to grow; the state stands ready to assist in that effort," the Governor added.
Grenada Stamping and Assembly is a 258,000 square-foot manufacturing facility with capabilities that include metal stamping, roll forming, manual and robotic welding, buffing, assembly and packing. Ice Industries acquired Grenada Stamping and Assembly on March 30, 2005.
During his visit to the Grenada facility, Governor Barbour addressed Grenada Stamping and Assembly's 120 employees and local officials. He thanked the group for their hard work and dedication to the plant, which ultimately led to a strengthened local economy.
The former company saw significant financial hardship in recent years, bringing into question the plant's long-term viability. In 2004, Ice Industries assumed management of the plant and it was acquired by Ice in early 2005. During that time, Ice Industries has helped to revitalize business, including establishing relationships with Yorozu and Brown Corp.
Area leaders met with Ice Industry officials and Governor Haley Barbour Wednesday.
Here's what some of them said. "This was very positive for Grenada. Itincreases economic development."
Grenada Stamping consultant B. J. Anderson,
"The future of this facility looks really good."
Gov. Haley Barbour
"This has an impact on the state. To get a multi-million dollar contract in this city is wonderful."
Grenada Chamber Director Phillip Heard
"This is a positive step for economic development within our county."
Grenada District 2 Supervisor A. J. Minga.
"I worked here some 40 years ago making $1.25 an hour. I am proud that this business has made its home here in Grenada."
Grenada District 4 Supervisor Cecil Shelton