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December 14, 2020

Idaho Forest Group locating sawmill operations in Lamar County, creating 135 jobs

Jackson, Miss. (Dec. 14, 2020) – Lumber producer Idaho Forest Group is locating sawmill operations in Lumberton in Lamar County. The project is a $120 million corporate investment and will create up to 135 jobs.


“With millions of acres of forestland available to agribusiness leaders such as Idaho Forest Group, Mississippi has experienced significant growth in this vital economic sector in recent months,” Gov. Tate Reeves said. “I thank the team at Idaho Forest Group for choosing to locate in our great state. The company’s prime location in the Pine Belt Region, combined with the area’s skilled pipeline of workers, will play an important role in its continued success for many years to come.”


Headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, IFG currently operates six sawmills and a finger-joint plant at locations in Idaho and Montana. IFG sources logs from across the Inland Northwest and is committed to collaborating with landowners, including federal and state agencies, to bring value to their lands. The company manufactures, markets and distributes a variety of lumber products to consumers predominantly across North America and has the capacity to produce more than 1 billion board feet per year, making it one of the country’s largest lumber producers.


The Lumberton advanced manufacturing facility will produce a variety of wood products. The new jobs include mill supervisors, information technology and human resources staff, engineers, technicians and operators, all of which will be recruited from the local area. IFG is working closely with Pearl River Community College on several workforce training initiatives. Details about training and employment opportunities will be available in early 2021.


“We are pleased to have the confidence of the Lamar County leadership,” said Marc Brinkmeyer, Owner & CEO of Idaho Forest Group.


The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for site preparation and rail upgrades. Lamar County and the city of Lumberton also are assisting with the project.


“Mississippi is a top state for companies like Idaho Forest Group that need access to an abundance of timberland and an optimal transportation network to successfully produce and distribute their lumber products to domestic and international markets,” said MDA Interim Director John Rounsaville. “MDA is proud to partner with Idaho Forest Group as the company brings so many new jobs to South Mississippi. We thank the teams at the Area Development Partnership, the Lamar County Board of Supervisors and the city of Lumberton for their hard work in bringing this project to realization.”


“Our community was founded on the very resource that remains a key to our livelihood today,” said Lamar County Board of Supervisors President Warren Byrd. “We are grateful for IFG’s confidence in our community, and we look forward to many years of strong partnership with this great company.”


“This is the most exciting news we’ve received in Lumberton in quite some time, and we are thrilled that IFG has chosen Lumberton as their new home in the Southeast U.S.,” said Lumberton Mayor Quincy Rogers.


IFG plans to begin construction on the new sawmill in early 2021 and expects it to be operational in 2022.




About Mississippi Development Authority:

Mississippi Development Authority is the state’s lead economic and community development agency. MDA focuses on new business recruitment, existing business expansion, workforce training, and tourism promotion. For more information, visit MDA’s website at

December 8, 2020

Quadient bringing 75 jobs to Marshall County with new distribution center

Jackson, Miss. (Dec. 8, 2020) – Communications software and technology company Quadient is locating its North American distribution operations in Marshall County. The project represents an $11 million investment, combining land, facilities, construction and corporate efforts. Quadient will create 75 jobs for its facility.

“Marshall County’s ideal location in North Mississippi, convenient access to an exceptional transportation network and skilled pipeline of workers once again prove we have the winning combination for industry-leading companies with distribution needs,” Gov. Tate Reeves said. “We are proud to welcome Quadient as the newest member of the Mississippi business community and thank the company for bringing dozens of new job opportunities to the people of Marshall County and the surrounding areas.”

Headquartered in France, Quadient provides technologies for processing and digitizing customer communications, mail, packages, business processes and customer experience management to businesses around the world. The Marshall County facility is located in the Gateway Global Logistics Center, which is part of the Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park, and will primarily distribute electronic parcel lockers, tracking solutions and mail processing technology to colleges, businesses and governmental agencies with similar needs.

“We are excited to be opening our North American distribution operation in Marshall County and look forward to developing strong relationships with the surrounding communities,” said Doug Ward, vice president and general manager of Supply Chain Operations at Quadient. “The new distribution facility will help support the expansion of Quadient parcel lockers and our mission of helping businesses build powerful, meaningful connections with their customers.”

Quadient qualifies for the Advantage Jobs Rebate Program through the Mississippi Development Authority. The program provides a rebate to eligible businesses that create new jobs exceeding the average annual wage of the state or county in which the company locates or expands. Marshall County will provide qualifying property tax exemptions.

“Quadient joins the ranks of numerous renowned companies that have opened successful distribution operations in Marshall County, and the region’s skilled workforce will work hard to ensure Quadient achieves the same long-term success in our state,” said MDA Interim Executive Director John Rounsaville. “We thank the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority and the Marshall County Board of Supervisors for working with MDA to bring Quadient to Mississippi. Their partnership throughout this project has proven invaluable, resulting in 75 new jobs for the residents of Marshall County.”

“Marshall County is pleased to welcome Quadient to our community. Quadient’s location here represents great career opportunities for our residents,” said Marshall County Board of Supervisors President Keith Taylor. “We look forward to a continued partnership with Quadient and the Mississippi Development Authority to ensure Quadient has many years of success in Marshall County.”

Those interested in applying for a job with Quadient can visit and enter “Mississippi” as search criteria or e-mail a resume to


About Mississippi Development Authority:

Mississippi Development Authority is the state’s lead economic and community development agency. MDA focuses on new business recruitment, existing business expansion, workforce training, and tourism promotion. For more information, visit MDA’s website at

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