|Jackson, Miss. (Dec. 8, 2015) – Officials from Tilsatec North America, manufacturer of cut, puncture and flame-resistant gloves, sleeves, and garments, announce the company has located manufacturing and distribution operations in Eupora, Miss., in Webster County. The project represents an initial corporate investment of $800,000 and the immediate creation of 19 new jobs.
For the project, Tilsatec is leasing two facilities from the city of Eupora, one formerly occupied by Ansell Hawkeye and the other formerly occupied by Roseburg Forest Products. Tilsatec’s Eupora manufacturing operations are its first in North America.
“I appreciate the team at Tilsatec for looking to Mississippi as the location of its first North American manufacturing facility and for realizing the numerous advantages Mississippi offers companies with distribution needs,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “These new jobs will positively impact the local economy and community for years to come, and I wish the company many years of success in Eupora.”
“A rich history of manufacturing exists in Eupora with a highly skilled workforce, great logistics hub, and prime facilities for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) manufacturing,” said Tilsatec North American President Jeremy Whitham. “Tilsatec will challenge the skilled sewing personnel to develop and launch numerous new PPE products, as well as produce a variety of previously imported gloves utilizing Tilsatec’s proprietary yarns and materials. This expansion will create jobs, simplify logistics, and ultimately reduce timelines to meet customer demands for our specialty products.”
In support of the project, Mississippi Development Authority provided guidance on available tax incentives and workforce training programs.
“We salute the leadership of the city of Eupora and The Enterprise for working to bring Tilsatec’s first North American manufacturing operations to our state, creating new career opportunities for Mississippians in Eupora and Webster County,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough. “The company’s new locations, coupled with the region’s productive workforce, positions the company for many successful years in Webster County.”
Tilsatec is a leading manufacturer of cut, puncture and flame-resistant materials engineered for personal protective equipment. The company, built on 135 years of experience in yarn and textile design, offers a fully comprehensive service, from raw materials to end product. This includes the rapid design, manufacture and delivery of finished goods. Tilsatec’s specialized brand of cut resistant hand and arm protection is Rhino Range. For more information, visit www.tilsatec-rhino.com.
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 www.mississippi.org.