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June 15, 2021

Edelbrock, LLC locating headquarters in Olive Branch

  • Edelbrock to create 200 jobs, retain 90
  • Project represents $14.4 million corporate investment

Jackson, Miss. (June 15, 2021) – Edelbrock, LLC, manufacturer of high-performance aftermarket engine components, is locating headquarters and manufacturing operations in Olive Branch. The project is a $14.4 million corporate investment and will create 200 jobs.

Edelbrock’s core products include automotive performance upgrades such as superchargers, intake manifolds, carburetors, electronic fuel injection systems, cylinder heads, crate engines, valve train components and more. The company, a subsidiary of Edelbrock Holdings, Inc., recently merged with COMP Performance Group, which operated several facilities in Olive Branch and the Greater Memphis area. The newly formed “Edelbrock Group” will locate its headquarters in the Olive Branch facility, where it will create and transition 80 headquarters positions and 120 manufacturing and support positions. The company also will maintain warehousing and distribution operations at the Olive Branch location, retaining 90 existing jobs.

MDA is providing assistance for building improvements. The city of Olive Branch, DeSoto County and the Tennessee Valley Authority also are assisting with the project.

Edelbrock plans to fill the 200 new jobs within three years.


“The state of Mississippi is proud to welcome Edelbrock to DeSoto County – our state’s manufacturing workforce is second-to-none, and I know they will be very successful here. Thank you to the great folks at Edelbrock for entrusting Mississippi with producing the quality automotive parts for which they are known.”Gov. Tate Reeves

“Mississippi is a strong manufacturing state with a prominent presence in the automotive industry, and Edelbrock’s decision to relocate its corporate headquarters from southern California and create new jobs in northwest Mississippi highlights our great state as a top destination for companies in the automotive sector. Along with the great popularity of the automotive performance industry in the Mid-South, Mississippi’s fantastic business climate, highly skilled workforce and strategic logistical competitiveness make our state the perfect home for Edelbrock, perhaps the most legendary name in the world of automotive performance.  MDA is grateful for the teams at the DeSoto County Economic Development Council, the city of Olive Branch, the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors and the Tennessee Valley Authority, which were instrumental bringing this exciting project full-circle.” – MDA Executive Director John Rounsaville

“Edelbrock and our family of brands are iconic innovators in the performance automotive aftermarket, and we are excited to call north Mississippi home for the next chapter of our company’s 83-year history. Olive Branch and DeSoto County offer everything that we value in a location, and we are excited to become an active and valued member of the local community.” – Tim Jones, Edelbrock President and CEO

“TVA and Northcentral Mississippi Electric Power Association congratulate Edelbrock, LLC on its decision to locate operations in DeSoto County. Helping to attract and retain jobs opportunities and investment in the Valley is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service. We are proud to partner with Mississippi Development Authority, DeSoto County, city of Olive Branch, and Desoto County Economic Development Council to help further that mission and celebrate this announcement.” – TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley


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

June 9, 2021

Southern Designs and Gifts expanding manufacturing and shipping operations to Natchez

  • Company to create 30 jobs
  • Project is a $2.428 million corporate investment

Jackson, Miss. (June 9, 2021) – Southern Designs and Gifts, manufacturer of home décor items, is locating operations in Natchez. The project is a $2.428 million corporate investment and will create 30 jobs.

Southern Designs and Gifts manufactures items for brands like Metal Unlimited, CutMaps and Carter + Main. For the past 13 years, the company has operated in Vidalia, Louisiana, where it produces laser-cut and powder-coated metal décor, laser-cut wood décor and custom-printed items. Southern Designs and Gifts recently doubled its workforce, prompting the need to expand into a larger facility. The company is expanding into the former K-Mart facility in Natchez, where it will house a portion of its manufacturing and shipping operations.

The Mississippi Development Authority and the city of Natchez are providing assistance for access road improvements. Southern Designs and Gifts also qualifies for the Advantage Jobs Rebate Program, which is for eligible businesses that create new jobs exceeding the average annual wage of the state or county in which the company locates or expands.

Southern Designs and Gifts’ existing workforce will relocate from Vidalia to Natchez. The company plans to fill the additional 30 jobs by 2023.


“Natchez has a prime location on the Mississippi River with access to major highways and a skilled workforce. It provides an ideal environment for Southern Designs and Gifts to expand manufacturing and shipping operations. The collaboration between public and private partnerships in the region has been key to bringing new job opportunities and this economic development win to Natchez.”Gov. Tate Reeves

“MDA is glad to welcome Southern Designs and Gifts as the newest member of the Natchez business community and newest corporate partner to the state. In Natchez, the company found the ingredients needed to accommodate its growth, and I am certain its new location will serve the company well for generations to come. We appreciate our partners at Natchez, Inc., and the city of Natchez for working with MDA to ensure Southern Designs and Gifts’ successful expansion in Adams County.” – MDA Executive Director John Rounsaville

“We are excited to expand our business into Natchez and the state of Mississippi. Vidalia and Natchez are essentially one town, separated only by a river. We intend to continue growing at both of our facilities and advancing the cause of regionalism for the Miss-Lou.” – Tance Hughes, CEO, Southern Designs

“The growth of Southern Designs and Gifts exemplifies that the Natchez and Vidalia region is pro-business and a partner for business growth. We couldn’t be more excited about Southern Designs and their expansion into Natchez. Their growth from one location to two, along with the rapid success of these young entrepreneurs, is truly an American success story. And the promise of new jobs and new industry is a win-win for the Miss-Lou.”Mayor Dan Gibson, City of Natchez

“We are excited to see Southern Designs continue to grow in our region. With our business environment changing, we are pleased to see this business stay ahead of the times all while being a business partner for the area.” – Chandler Russ, Executive Director, Natchez, Inc.


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

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