How big this turns out to be; only the future will tell. Helen of Troy is breaking ground on a new facility in Olive Branch. The company purchased enough property to leave plenty of room for expansion in the future.
Mayor Sam Rikard likes what he sees; ground is already being cleared and construction beginning for the new Helen of Troy distribution center in East Olive Branch. "Yeah, I think 300 job opportunities is great, you know whether it is in Olive Branch or any place, it's a big deal and it's all part of continuing to create an attractive community for industry and residents alike," says Mayor Rikard.
Helen of Troy is building a 1.3 million square foot facility in Olive Branch and is investing $37,000,000 in the community.
One of the factors in Olive Branch and across Mississippi is the available work force, as the governor said yesterday, Mississippians typically when they get a job they come to work and they work hard and then they go home, they are a dependable work force.
Rikard says business is booming for Helen of Troy, and while they could have chosen to locate their new distribution center anywhere, the company chose Olive Branch. "The other thing they looked at, what does the community offer to employees good school system, low crime rate, all those amenities, I've lived in olive branch all my life, and those are things we've grown to enjoy," said Mayor Rikard.
Helen of Troy primarily produces products like personal care items, hair dryers or curling irons, items that neither yours truly or the mayor would make use of. So I asked the mayor, what was it that attracted Helen of Troy to Olive Branch if it was not his long luscious locks of hair? "Well I did not promise to grow hair, I don't make promises I can't keep."
Mayor Rikard told me that when he got his gift bag that was given to all dignitaries at the groundbreaking; it had a hair dryer in it. Just for the record, Helen of Troy does make manicure and pedicure kits as well.