By JACK WEATHERLY
The Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. is adding 75 jobs and investing $1.5 million in its Greenwood plant.
The expansion will bring total employment to 583, according to a Friday release.
That solidifies its position as the largest manufacturer in Greenwood and Leflore County, putting distance between it and home-grown Viking Range, whose employment was 421 a year ago, down considerably from its pre-recession number of 1,200, and 700 when it was sold to the Middleby Corp. in 2013.
That makes Viking the No. 2 manufacturer in the city, according to Angela Curry, executive director of the Greenwood-Leflore Industrial Board. Greenwood Leflore Hospital is the largest employer at more than 900 and Mississippi Valley State University at Itta Bena is the county’s No. 2 employer at 513, Curry said.
In June 2015, Milwaukee Tool expanded its Greenwood operations, investing $16.8 million and creating 126 jobs. This latest expansion will bring total employment at the manufacturer’s three Mississippi locations to 1,320 employees, including facilities in Olive Branch and Jackson.
Mississippi Development Authority gave the manufacturer a $1.5 million Community Development Block Grant building improvements and the city of Greenwood gave Milwaukee Tool a $150,000 for building renovations.
“Milwaukee Tool thanks all of the state and local officials who support and empower continued growth in the state of Mississippi,” Milwaukee Tool’s Greenwood plant manager Jack Bilotta said in the release.
The company expects to fill the remainder of the 75 new positions by year’s end.
Milwaukee Tool is a Brookfield, Wisc.-based subsidiary of Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd.
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