Photo by Barry BurlesonSite preparation is progressing for the new distribution warehouse.
Hamilton Beach picks Byhalia
Work is underway on a new economic development project in the Town of Byhalia.
A 1.1 million square foot facility, being built on East Stonewall Road, will be a distribution warehouse for Hamilton Beach.
“We currently have a facility in Olive Branch, and our lease is expiring in the middle of 2021,” said Greg Trepp, president and CEO of Hamilton Beach Brands Inc. “As we considered options, we decided we would stay in the general area, on either the Mississippi or the Tennessee side of the border for a few main reasons.
“We are able to efficiently and effectively serve our customers throughout the U.S. From this area. We have a great team at Hamilton Beach Brands and we would like to ensure we stay close enough to our current location so we could ensure all or most of our employees would stay on.”
The new facility in Byhalia will be across from ABB (formerly Thomas & Betts).
Mayor Phil Malone said the town recently approved the project, and the next thing he knew it was moving forward with dirtwork.
“It’s happening fast,” he said.
The town has been actively involved in the development of Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park, located northeast of Byhalia. With Hamilton Beach picking a location in the town limits, Malone said his first thought was “It has finally reached home.”
“We’re big on Chickasaw Trail, but we’re glad to see some of that (economic development) in Byhalia,” he said.
Malone thanked Justin Hall, executive director of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority, and the Marshall County Board of Supervisors for their assistance.
“We appreciate everyone working together to help locate this project,” Hall said.
Hamilton Beach plans to bring 140 jobs to Marshall County as part of the relocation.
“We expect to grow over time, and we believe this area has many benefits, including a strong pool of people to attract and hire, excellent infrastructure, a business-friendly environment, and local and state governments that are investing in keeping all of these elements strong,” Trepp said.
“We evaluated a number of existing and build-to-suit locations, including our current location. The developer for our new site helped create a buildto-suit option and a competitive economic lease structure that won in the end.
“It will have a number of upgrades that will make it more energy-efficient and it will include improvements that will allow us to have a more efficient warehouse operation.”
As one of the country’s leading distributors of small kitchen appliances, Hamilton Beach Brands Inc. sells more than 34 million appliances every year. The company has a long history, 110 years to be exact, of bringing products into consumers’ homes.
The company’s most famous brands — Hamilton Beach®, Hamilton Beach Professional®, Proctor Silex®, TrueAir®, and Hamilton Beach Commercial® — are found in households, restaurants and hotels throughout the world.