MERIDIAN, Mississippi – Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Tower International, Inc. announced today the company is expanding operations at its facility in Meridian. The project represents a corporate investment of more than $15 million and will create 83 jobs.
Tower International is a global manufacturer of engineered automotive structural metal components and assemblies for small and large cars, crossovers, pick-ups and SUVs. Tower’s expansion involves the addition of new stamping and assembly processes in its existing 410,000-square-foot Meridian location. The expansion will accommodate existing and new contracts.
“This expansion by Tower International is a great economic win for Meridian, the State of Mississippi, and our thriving automotive industry,” Bryant said in a news release. “It serves as a testament to the fact that Mississippi is a great place to do business. I thank the team at Tower International for being a great business partner to the State of Mississippi and look forward to the company’s continued success in Meridian.”
“I wish to thank city and county officials and members of the Mississippi Development Authority and East Mississippi Business Development Corporation for their support in the expansion of Tower’s operations in Meridian,” said Jim Bernard, Tower’s president of the Americas Region. “This is a great example of the private and public sectors effectively working together toward a common goal.”
The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project for infrastructure improvements and building modifications. Lauderdale County and the city of Meridian provided assistance, as well.
“Working in collaboration with economic developers throughout the state, Mississippi strives to maintain a strong, supportive business climate that fosters growth, innovation and job creation,” said Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Brent Christensen in the release. “We thank our partners at the city of Meridian, Lauderdale County and the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation for working with us to help this great company expand in Meridian.”
With corporate headquarters in Livonia, Mich., Tower’s 8,700 colleagues support the company’s global customers from 29 production facilities and seven engineering and sales locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America. In addition to the Meridian location, Tower has operations in Madison, where the company has more than 250 employees.