A Florida company’s decision to relocate part of its manufacturing operation from Mexico to Clarksdale gives Mississippi a win in a national “reshoring” effort by which states hope to persuade U.S. manufacturers to bring some or all of their operations home.
HVAC equipment manufacturer AirGuide of Hialeah, Fla., is moving its manufacturing operations from Mexico and Texas to Clarksdale, creating 40 full-time jobs for the Delta community.
The project represents a company investment of $720,000, according to the Mississippi Development Authority.
AirGuide, a manufacturer of aluminum grilles, registers and diffusers for the HVAC industry and energy efficient lighting products, is consolidating its Mexico and Houston operations into the Clarksdale facility.
AirGuide said in a press statement that Ron Hudson, Hugh Jack Stubbs, Hartley Kittle and Trisha Webber as well as many other peoples from the Clarksdale-area business community “have been instrumental in AirGuide making the decision to locate in Clarksdale.”
Doug Marty, president of AirGuide, said the company thinks the new location will enable AirGuide Manufacturing and Arcalux “to better serve our customers and further improve our competitiveness manufacturing our HVAC and energy efficient lighting products.”
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) provided assistance for improvements to the publicly-owned building AirGuide will occupy, along with support through the Momentum Mississippi Incentives program. Coahoma County is also assisting with this project.
AirGuide manufactures a variety of products, as well as a broad range of custom-designed original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products that can be modified to suit most applications. AirGuide has been in operation for nearly 50 years.