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Fly Timber Expanding Operations in Grenada County

May 13, 2013 - Grenada County, MS

Pablo Diaz, Executive Director, Grenada County Economic Development District 

The Grenada County Economic Development District (the EDD) announced today that Fly Timber Company, a hardwood sawmill, is expanding its operations in Grenada. The expansion represents a company investment of more than $6 million and will create at least 30 new jobs, bringing to 80 the total number of workers employed at the Grenada company.
“I am grateful to Fly Timber for further investing in its Grenada operations. The company’s commitment to Grenada and its residents is apparent with this expansion and with the jobs being created for the area’s workers,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.
Fly Timber is a hardwoods-only sawmill that currently produces mats for the oil and gas industry. The company also cuts trim-grade hardwood and floor-grade hardwood for use in residential and commercial construction. An expanded project to provide hardwood rail ties to be shipped to U.S., Latin American, and Canadian facilities by rail makes an upgrade of the rail spur serving the company a necessity.
“This is a great opportunity for our company to create more jobs in Grenada County, and I appreciate the Grenada Economic Development District bringing together MDA, the county, and other resources to make it work,” said Ricky Fly, owner of the 32-year-old Grenada company.
"We are extremely proud of the dedication and hard work our small and medium size manufacturers put into their businesses and it is our priority to support them in creating more jobs for Grenada and the State of Mississippi,” said Pablo Diaz, GEDD Executive Director. “The success of this project is in part a testament to the business climate in Grenada and the support we give to our business community. We anticipate great things for Fly Timber Company and stand ready to support them every step of the way as they continue growing in our community."
The Grenada EDD worked closely with the county, Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), and company officials to facilitate the project and secure a Development Infrastructure Program grant that Grenada County will use to rehabilitate and extend a county-owned rail spur currently serving the site.
It is anticipated that in addition to the 30 direct jobs created at Fly Timber, a significant number of indirect jobs in transportation and logging also will be created within the regional economy as a result of this expansion.
“We are very pleased with this expansion project with Fly Timber and the impact it will have on our area’s logging and timber industry,” said Chad Bridges, president of the Grenada County Board of Supervisors. “We work closely with the EDD on an ongoing basis for successes like this, and our being able to partner with MDA provides opportunities for our existing industries to create additional jobs in Grenada County. This is good for everybody.”
“MDA is committed to assisting Mississippi companies such as Fly Timber in expanding their operations,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “I appreciate the company for creating new jobs for the area’s workforce, and I thank our partners in Grenada County for working to make th is expansion possible.”
The Grenada County Economic Development District (the EDD) is the official economic development entity for Grenada County and a MDA partner. Pablo Diaz is Executive Director of the Grenada County Economic Development District.


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