Design Group comes to park
A new industry is locating in a spec building behind McCormick in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park.
Dubbed Project Yellow Rose, Design Group International manufactures and packages holiday gift wrapping products for retail outlets, according to Justin Hall, executive director of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority.
Design Group is taking applications in order to expedite hiring of the staff needed to get the Marshall County facility up and running, he said.
“You get in the holiday spirit real quick when you go to that facility,” Hall said. “It is starting up fast.” A grant will help get the project up and running by providing gas to the facility.
“They are hiring, taking applications in person,” Hall said.
The company will hire entry-level forklift operators first.
The building totals 932,000 square feet with the first 300,000 square feet substantially completed, which Design Group is already occupying.
“This is a busy time now to get ready for the holidays,” Hall said.
The facility is located at 817 Gateway Global Drive, north of the McCormick building. The Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park is located in the corner of Marshall County near the Tennessee line.
The grant to supply gas to the facility is for $37,532, according to Wanda Christian with Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District. A local match of $5,418 is also included in the grant.
Design Group International is making an $8.1 million investment in the facility, Hall said.
Entry level jobs will run from $12 to $16 an hour, he said.
Design Group needs material handlers, forklift operators and, then finally, highly skilled technicians to operate the heavy machinery, Hall said.
“They are taking bulk paper and cutting and packaging it for retail,” Hall said.
Those interested in getting a job with this group should go to the facility and ask to interview in person, he said.
Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park has now surpassed $1 billion in capital investment since 2012, according to Hall. More than 4,000 new industrial jobs have been created in the park since 2012, as well.