December 2018
The Enterprise of Mississippi Newsletter
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Southeastern Timber Products Expansion
Tolko Industries (U.S.) Ltd. and Southeastern Timber Products (STP) are pleased to announce a 50-50 joint-venture partnership in a lumber mill in Ackerman, Mississippi. The mill will now be known as Southeastern Timber Products LLC, an STP-Tolko Partnership. The new partnership will triple production at the mill.

“We’re pleased to have found a partner like STP that we share the same family-owned business values with,” said Tolko CEO Brad Thorlakson. “We look forward to the opportunity to invest in this, our second asset in the U.S., to support the future growth of our company. We’re pleased to support this facility and enhance its sales, marketing and logistic capabilities to service our customers across North America and abroad.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with Tolko,” said STP Manager Billy VanDevender. “Tolko has a long family history in the lumber manufacturing business and a proven ability to excel in our industry. We are thrilled about our partnership. We look forward to working with Tolko, the local economic community and the State of Mississippi to support further investment in our facility to expand capacity from our current 100MMBFM to 300MMFBM.”

The mill currently employs 150.

View the full press release HERE

Fast Facts about Southeastern Timber Products Mill
• The sawmill is located in Ackerman, Mississippi.
• Current annual production capacity is approximately 100MMFBM.
• Product mix: 2x4, 2x6, 2x8, 2x10, 2x12, 4x4, 4x5, 4x6 and 5/4x6 R.E.D S4S lumber.
• Capable of manufacturing specialty products for our customers.
• Produce and market 1x4 and 1x6 mill run rough dry lumber.
• Produce all dimensions in lengths to 20 feet.
Gun Dog Awarded NMIDA Industry of the Year
Since 1982, the North Mississippi Industrial Development Association (NMIDA) has shown its appreciation each year for existing industry by selecting an Industry of the Year from the North Mississippi region. Eligible industries are nominated by the area’s local power companies, and a committee comprised of members of the NMIDA Board of Directors selects the honoree. This year the Industry of the Year is Gun Dog Supply of Mathiston. Company representatives were presented with a plaque at the NMIDA Annual Banquet on November 5 of this year.

“While we certainly welcome and value new industrial development, our existing industries are truly the backbone of our economy” said NMIDA President Brad Blalock of Amory.

Continue reading HERE.
Pictured above top row left to right: Town of Mathiston representatives Alderman Tommy Brooks, Mayor Jimmy Carden, Alderman Lavelle McAlpin and Alderman Jeff Haney.
Bottom row left to right: Gun Dog Supply Representatives Michael Freed, Steve Snell, Co-Owner/President and Alan Giglio.
Industry to Industry Meeting
The Enterprise of Mississippi hosted their last quarterly imeeting of 2018 at the Choctaw County Career and Technology Center. Instructors at the CCCTC gave presentations to industry leaders on their individual programs and toured them through their classrooms. At this meeting industry leaders were able to ask questions and give feedback regarding the training and preparation of their future workforce. Thank you to the culinary arts program for providing refreshments at the meeting. 
Aspire Session 4: Economic Development
Leadership teams from Choctaw and Webster along with Marshall county participating in the Mississippi Development Authority's Aspire program met for the fourth session on  Thursday, November 29 at the Depot in Eupora. This session focused on economic development. Kristi Brown (top left photo) from TVA shared with the group the role utilities play in economic development and how the communities can work with TVA. Skip Scaggs (top right) from North Mississippi Industrial Development Association shared with teams the evolution of economic development and what communities must now focus on to remain competitive. Keynote speaker for the day was John Chadwell (bottom left) from Newport, Arkansas. He shared the success story of Newport and the keys the community used to achieve success. In addition Tray Hairston shared about econmic development finance tools for communities and Bob Covington (bottom right) from MDA discussed the importance of entrepreneurs in a community. Teams from Choctaw & Webster are meeting outside of the MDA Asprie sessions to work on a community project to be completed in March 2019. 
ACT Work Ready Communities
Choctaw and Webster counties joined neighboring Grenada county to work on their goals and program implementation at the ACT Work Ready Community Boot Camp held in Little Rock, AR, on November 7-8. 
Pictured above left to right are: Lara Bowman, The Enterprise of Mississippi; Slade Redwine, Holmes Community College Workforce Development Coordinator for Choctaw, Webster and Grenada counties; Tina Lee, Southeastern Timber Products LLC; Amanda McBride, Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce; Samantha Crimm, MS Dept. of Child Protection Services; Donna McKay, Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce; Dudley Vance, Choctaw County Career & Technical Center; and Janie Mortimer, Grenada County Economic Development District.  
2018 Enterprise Area Job Fair 

The Enterprise Area Job Fair 2018 was held on October 25 at the Choctaw County Community Center in partnership with the Governor's Job Fair Network at Mississippi Department of Employment Services.

By the Numbers:
23 - Employers/organizations participating 
59 -  Interviews on site at the job fair 
 9 -  Job offers extended at the job fair 
28 - Number of job offers employers expect to make in the next year from the job fair
18 - Number of zip codes collected from attendees 

Statistics on those attending the job fair: 
54% were from Choctaw & Webster Counties

75% unemployed 
45% of the age 18 - 25

38% had taken the NCRC (ACT Workkeys) 
89% of those who had taken the NCRC scored a Silver of higher 

41% learned of the job fair through social media 
Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting the job fair: 
Support The Enterprise of Mississippi
The Enterprise is seeking external funding and kicking off the 2018-2019 fundraising campaign. We will focus this year on making improvements to existing industrial property and buildings along with implementing workforce development programs. All while continuing to market and build relationships to increase knowledge of The Enterprise to external partners. Your support is needed to continue to build off the success of the last year. 

If you would like to become a Supporter of The Enterprise please view our Levels of Support for 2018-2019. Contact Lara Bowman at 769-610-1795 or to learn more.

Thank you to the partners below for their support of The Enteprise in 2018-2019.

Platinum Level Supporter of The Enterprise:

Mississippi Lignite Mining Company 

Silver Level Supporters of The Enterprise 

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