Governor Bryant Tours Area Businesses

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Governor Phil Bryant spent part of Wednesday afternoon touring the Handy Hardware warehouse in Meridian, which opened in January 2011 and brought more than 100 jobs to our area.

Bryant says he would like to help the company grow and bring even more jobs to the area if possible. He tells us colleges like East Mississippi and Meridian Community College are already training workforce in anticipation of future growth.

"And that's what I hear time and time again is the excellent work force in Mississippi," Governor Bryant says. "And if they expand their business, they have an opportunity to grow right here in this warehouse and hire more Mississippians."

Ken White is CEO of Handy Hardware. He says in the next couple of years, he is hoping to bring even more jobs to the company's Meridian distribution center, as he says it will service growth across the South. White tells us he is glad the governor was able to stop by on Wednesday.

"It's nice that we could actually show him the fruits of the efforts of a lot of the hard working folks in the past that have made all this happen," White says.

Beforehand, Governor Bryant also had the opportunity to tour Tower Automotive, another facility that has created numerous jobs in our area.

Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry says she is thrilled to know economic development in our area is a priority of Governor Bryant's.

"I think that he sees that Meridian is the place to be," Barry says. "And he sees the future growth of Mississippi right here in Meridian, Mississippi,"