By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal

PONTOTOC • Behold Washington is investing $400,000 and adding 20 jobs to its upholstered furniture manufacturing operations.

“We continue to expand our footprint here in Pontotoc, and we don’t have any plans of slowing down,” said Behold Washington Vice President of Sales John Beard. “Pontotoc has an excellent workforce and has always been a great environment to expand operations.”

Employing 215 people, Behold Washington is expanding into a facility adjacent to its main plant. Earlier this month, the company held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its new 400,000-square-foot warehouse located at the main plant to replace one destroyed by a fire in September.

The company expects operations in the new facility to begin this fall.

“The furniture manufacturing industry excels in North Mississippi, with thousands of Mississippians producing some of the finest quality furniture found in the U.S.,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “Behold Washington’s growth in Pontotoc further strengthens the region’s position as a leader in this important sector and demonstrates Mississippians strive for excellence in the furniture they produce.”

Behold Washington also has manufacturing operations in Smithville, produces motion and stationary furniture, including sofas, recliners and accent chairs. Behold Home, which began operations in Smithville in 2014, purchased Washington Furniture last June for an undisclosed sum.

The Mississippi Development Authority is providing up to $400,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for a new roof and building rehabilitation. The city of Pontotoc is purchasing the new facility and will lease it to Behold Washington.

“The Mississippi Development Authority is pleased to support Behold Washington as they rebuild with an expansion in Pontotoc. Behold Washington’s dedication to its employees and Pontotoc County is evident through its capital investment, which is creating more career opportunities for people in Pontotoc County who have proven their ability to produce quality upholstered furniture,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “The strong teamwork of Three Rivers Planning and Development District, the city of Pontotoc and MDA was instrumental in supporting Behold Washington as they rebuild stronger and better than ever.”