The opening ceremony of Metso’s expanded operations and renovated facility took place Oct. 5 in Clarksdale, Miss. The investment decision to renew the Clarksdale facility is part of Metso’s strategy to strengthen its service’s business capabilities for its mining and construction customers. The investment, worth more than $4 million, creates 30 new jobs in Clarksdale, in addition to the 61 existing positions.
A great number of employees and family members gathered to celebrate the expansion and renovation of the facility as well as guests from the community. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant was guest of honor at the ceremony.
“Today is a great day for the Clarksdale community as Metso officially opens its renewed manufacturing operations, which have provided new job opportunities for the area’s workforce,” Bryant said. “I appreciate the Metso team for choosing to invest in its Mississippi operations, and I congratulate the company on this milestone event.”
“On behalf of Metso’s management, I would like to thank the Mississippi government and all contributors for favorable support and assistance,” said João Ney Colagrossi, president of Metso’s Services Business Line, Mining and Construction. “The central location in the North American marketplace, our long history in the area, as well as our skilled and knowledgeable people makes Clarksdale an ideal place for the consolidation of our conveyor solutions production.”
The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project to move equipment to the Clarksdale facility. Additionally, the agency provided assistance for renovations to the facility and for workforce training.
Metso produces belt conveyor idlers at the renewed Clarksdale facility mainly for the North American market. Belt conveyor idlers are used to support conveyor belts in bulk material applications. Millions of Metso’s belt conveyor idlers have been used to move billions of tons of bulk material since 1901. Metso’s offering covers a complete product range of idlers such as troughing idlers and return idlers.
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