Family: Charles Young Left Work To Do

A year ago, one of Meridian's most prominent businessmen and elected leaders was laid to rest. Charles Young, Sr., is survived by four adult children who would like to build on what their father established.

Young led E.F. Young Jr. Manufacturing, a business founded by his father in 1931. It posts annual revenues between $10 million and $20 million, employs between 20 an 49 people, and is the oldest black-owned company in the United States. It's looking to expand its clientele through the Internet.

"Where we used to rely on bulk distribution to distributors, people like to go online. Point and click," said Charles Young, Jr., president of the company. "Buy and have it delivered to their doorstep now. So, the company has to kind of change its marketing and sales strategy to accommodate the 'now' individual."

Although Young says only a small percentage of the E.F. Young's business is now done online, he says it is growing rapidly.

"My father left the company to all four of his children and it's our goal to make the company grow and prosper," Young said.

Young says he and his siblings are also working now to continue and expand his father's vision in improving education, the political climate and infrastructure.

"There was quite a bit left on the plate," said Young. "We have some renovation projects that are going on around town. So, you'll see houses that are coming up and they're starting to look like new or newer neighborhoods. We're working very, very hard to try to continue his vision for Meridian and the state of Mississippi."

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