Hunter Engineering Breaks Ground on Expansion in Durant
Jackson, Mississippi — October 15, 2018 — Governor Phil Bryant and officials from Hunter Engineering broke ground on the company’s expansion in Durant, Mississippi. The project, which was announced in September, is an $8 million corporate investment and will create 60 jobs.
“Hunter Engineering’s groundbreaking marks a significant milestone as the company takes the next step in creating new capital investment and 60 new jobs for workers in Holmes County,” Governor Phil Bryant said.
Hunter Engineering is a leader in wheel alignment and wheel balancing systems, tire changers, brake service equipment, alignment lifts and inspection lanes. The company’s expansion includes an addition of approximately 85,000 square feet to accommodate increased manufacturing, painting and shipping operations. The expansion also includes a 500-square-foot workforce training area to support continuous employee development.
“Governor Bryant and his team have been essential to our growth in Mississippi, and we are excited about this milestone,” said Wayne Bowling, plant manager at Hunter Engineering’s Durant facility. “It is always great to host Governor Bryant and other special guests onsite so that we can show off this world class facility and our wonderful team here in Durant.”
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for the building expansion and building improvements to the existing publicly owned facility. The Delta Regional Authority is providing assistance to extend water lines, relocate city-owned electric utility poles and install new electrical equipment in the Hunter facility. DRA funds will cover the cost of new transformers, conductors, switchboards and distribution panels to ensure the manufacturing plant receives safe and reliable power.
“Sixty new career opportunities are closer to becoming a reality in Central Mississippi with the groundbreaking of Hunter Engineering’s 85,000-square-foot expansion in Durant,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “We congratulate our partners at the Delta Regional Authority and the city of Durant on this exciting occasion. Their teamwork with MDA was key to winning this project.”
“The Delta Regional Authority is proud to make vital infrastructure improvements that will play a key role in helping create new jobs and retain existing ones in Durant,” said DRA Chairman Chris Caldwell. “DRA’s investment in Hunter Engineering’s growth is a prime example of how DRA works with the state and local partners to create economic development in the Delta.”
Hunter Engineering employs approximately 590 workers in Mississippi, 192 of which are in Durant. The expansion is slated for completion by the end of 2020.