Townhouse relocating from storm-torn Smithville

by For the MBJ

Published: May 4,2011

Tags: disaster, disaster recovery, furniture, manufacturing, severe weather, tornadoes

MANTACHIE — Gov. Haley Barbour announced Townhouse Home Furnishings, a stationary furniture manufacturing business, will relocate its Smithville operations to a publicly-owned building in Mantachie in Itawamba County.

The company’s facilities in Smithville were heavily damaged during the April 27 storms that caused extensive damage and fatalities in Monroe County.

The company, which is relocating these operations in an effort to quickly resume production and put employees back to work, will employ about 150 workers at the Mantachie facility.

“I appreciate the decision of Townhouse executives to remain in Mississippi and quickly put people back to work,” Barbour said.

The Mississippi Development Authority worked closely with company leaders and local officials in both Itawamba and Monroe counties to assist Townhouse in finding a suitable location from which to quickly resume operations. MDA provided assistance for public building improvements at the Mantachie site to help facilitate the project. The Town of Mantachie and Itawamba County provided assistance for the project, as well.

Tony Watson, CFO of Townhouse, said, “Due to the damage sustained at the Smithville plant, we are moving production to the new Mantachie plant. However, we are committed to Smithville and will rebuild the plant there. The demand for our Townhouse product will allow us to continue operations at the Mantachie location and rebuild the Smithville plant in the future.”

Townhouse also has a facility in Amory in Monroe County, which was not damaged by the April 27 storms and will continue to operate.

Townhouse was started in 2002 by Jeremy Lafayette in a garage with only five workers. Since that time, the company has grown significantly, employing more than 120 people.

Source: Gov. Haley Barbour

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