Companies announce joint location in Neshoba County

Project represents corporate investment of approximately $8.14 million

The New Yorker Blower Company and Kiln Drying Systems & Components will be investing $8.14 million in Philadelphia to open a new facility and create 60 jobs.

The two companies manufacture batch and continuous lumber drying kilns, wood waste heat plants and industrial air movement products. New York Blower and KDS selected Mississippi as the location of its new Southeast operations due to the numerous sawmills that have announced new locations or expansions in Mississippi recently. The new joint venture will be known as New York Blower/KDS.

“New York Blower and KDS’ new facility in Neshoba County will bring not only good-paying jobs but also new opportunities to the area’s residents and local community,” said Gov. Tate Reeves. “We welcome them to Mississippi and look forward to the bright economic future of these companies and our state.”

The operations will be located in the former Richardson Molding facility in Philadelphia. The companies are presently renovating the facility’s interior and exterior and installing equipment.

“When established companies like New York Blower and KDS choose to locate in Mississippi, it demonstrates their confidence in our transportation systems, workforce and our quality of life,” said MDA Deputy Executive Director Laura Hipp. “MDA is glad to support this project as it will help create a more vibrant community through its significant investment and creation of dozens of new jobs.” 

The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for building improvements. The New York Blower/KDS also has been certified for the Advantage Jobs Rebate Program, which is designated for eligible businesses that create new jobs exceeding the average annual wage of the state or county in which the company locates or expands. The city of Philadelphia, Neshoba County and Tennessee Valley Authority also are providing assistance with the project.

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