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Columbia plant expansion to create 50 new jobs

COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) – Pioneer Aerospace, a designer and manufacturer of parachutes and other equipment, has announced a plant expansion in Columbia that will create 50 new jobs.

The Mississippi Development Authority says in a news release that the company also is investing $500,000 in new equipment at the Marion County facility.

Officials say the company is expanding to fulfill contracts to manufacture flare parachutes and is also increasing the number of people employed on its existing parachute line to build cargo parachutes. The company currently employs around 320 workers.

MDA Executive Director Gray Swoope says Pioneer has been operating in Columbia since 1933.

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