October opened on a high note for workforces in Olive Branch and Kosciusko.
Attala Steel Industries cut the ribbon its new 30,000-square-foot galvanizing plant in Kosciusko, while Teleflex Inc. opened its distribution center in Olive Branch.
Attala Steel’s facility is in addition to the company’s existing structural steel mill and fabrication plant in Kosciusko.
Teleflex says its Olive Branch Center will employ 225 workers within four years.
Teleflex, which provides medical devices for critical care and surgery, announced in July 2012 it would relocate operations from several distribution centers around the United States into the centrally-located, 627,000-square-foot facility in Olive Branch.
The Mississippi Development Authority helped Teleflex with relocation and training needs. Additionally, the City of Olive Branch and DeSoto County provided the company with local tax incentives, officials said.
Teleflex is a global provider of specialty medical devices for a range of procedures in critical care and surgery. Headquartered in Limerick, Pa., Teleflex employs about 11,500 people worldwide and serves healthcare providers in more than 140 countries.
Meanwhile, the Attala Steel expansion represents a company investment of $5 million and is creating 20 new jobs, nine of which have already been filled. The company currently employs 34 workers.
The addition of the galvanizing operation, which will use the latest environmental technology, positions Attala Steel as the only steelmaker in the nation with all three processing facilities in one location.