BROOKHAVEN, MS — Keystone Electrical Manufacturing Company is investing $4 million in its Mississippi manufacturing plant expansion that will add 30 new jobs.
Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, Keystone manufactures protection and control relay panels, medium voltage switchgear and turnkey control centers used in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power. The company is purchasing the 54,000-square-foot building in the Linbrook Business Park.
“Keystone is very pleased to be expanding to Brookhaven. The workforce, operating costs and proximity to customers were key factors in our decision,” says Keystone President Fred Buie. “All the agencies involved were very responsive and had the information we needed at their fingertips. Additionally, the opportunity to bring jobs and investments to my hometown is very special. It was an easy decision.”
“When companies like Keystone choose to open new operations in our state, they are demonstrating to the world that Mississippi has the competitive advantages, including an excellent transportation network and strong workforce, that companies need to be successful in today’s demanding economy,” Governor Tate Reeves says. “I thank Fred Buie for this major investment in his hometown by bringing Keystone and 30 new jobs to Brookhaven and look forward to building a strong working relationship.”
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is providing assistance for building improvements as an incentive. The Brookhaven Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, Cooperative Energy, Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association and the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Workforce Development Center also are assisting with the project.
“MDA is pleased to support Keystone as it prepares to begin operations in Brookhaven,” says MDA Deputy Director Mike McGrevey. “The collaboration of all parties involved in bringing Keystone to our great state is building a stronger community and economy by securing this economic development win for the people of Brookhaven and Lincoln County.”