Food Production

Our Food Production Cluster

  • Heartlands Catfish and America’s Catch catfish both have locations in Leflore County employing around 350 people each.
  • Coca Cola has a distribution facility in Greenwood.
  • Ag Spray manufactures equipment in Greenwood to supply the agricultural industry. 
  • Birdsong Peanuts has a collecting and grading facility located in Greenwood
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  • We have more employees in the following jobs in our labor shed than the average US labor shed by the following amounts:
    • 49 times the US average of people employed in Rice Milling
    • 27 times the US average of people employed in Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging
    • 17 times the US average of people employed in Rendering and Meat Byproduct Processing
    • 5 times the US average of people employed in Soybean and Oilseed Processing
    • 3 times the US average of people employed in Crop Production
    • 2 times the US average of people employed in Fluid Milk Manufacturing
    • 2 times the US average of people employed in Crop Harvesting, Primarily by Machine
  • Our labor shed area has seen the following growth rates since 2010:
    • 124% growth in people employed in Crop Harvesting, Primarily by Machine
    • 118% growth in people employed in Bottled Water Manufacturing
    • 114% growth in people employed in Retail Bakeries
    • 16% growth in people employed in Soft Drink Manufacturing
    • 15% growth in people employed in Rendering and Meat Byproduct Processing

Mississippi Delta Agriculture

Greenwood is part of the “Mississippi Delta” widely considered to have the best soil for agricultural products in the United States.

Food Products Companies in our Labor Shed

Our labor shed features the following numbers of food products companies:
  • 351 Crop Production Companies
  • 51 Animal Production and Aquaculture Companies
  • 8 Farm Management Services Companies
  • 8 Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging
  • 7 Postharvest Crop Activities (except Cotton Ginning) Companies
  • 7 Retail Bakeries
  • 4 Rice Milling Companies
  • 4 Animal Slaughtering Companies
  • 3 Crop Harvesting, Primary by Machine Companies
  • 3 Animal Food Manufacturing Companies
  • 3 Ice Manufacturing Companies
  • 2 Rendering and Meat Byproduct Processing
  • 2 Bottled Water Manufacturing Companies
  • 1 Brewery
  • 1 Confectionery Manufacturing from Purchased Chocolate Company
  • 1 Soybean and Oilseed Processing Company
  • 1 Fluid Milk Manufacturing Company
  • 1 Spice and Extract Manufacturing Company
  • 1 Commercial Bakery
  • 1 Soft Drink Manufacturing Company

Transportation/Infrastructure


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U.S. Highway 82 provides us with east and west 4-laned highway access to Interstate 55.  Additionally, U.S. Highway 49 provides 4-laned highway access north and south.
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Rail
We are served by the Canadian National (CN) Railway, a Class I railroad.  Additionally, we have passenger rail service via AMTRAK which runs from our area to New Orleans, Memphis, and Chicago. 

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Water and Sewer
Greenwood Utilities has ample water and wastewater capacity to handle any food products company’s needs.
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Electric Power
We are served by multiple electric power providers.  Greenwood Utilities, Entergy, and Delta Electric Power Association serve our area giving you choices to provide cheap, reliable power.
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Natural Gas
Atmos Energy supplies our area with ample natural gas.  Atmos Energy is a publicly traded company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, founded over 100 years ago.  Atmos is one of the nation’s largest natural-gas-only distributors.

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Skilled Labor

We have the following number of people working in our labor shed:
  • 5,051 Cooks
  • 4,699 Truck Drivers
  • 4,163 Material Movers
  • 3,071 Military
  • 3,063 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers
  • 2,116 Team Assemblers
  • 1,746 Food Preparation Workers
  • 649 Electricians
  • 588 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
  • 553 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  • 413 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • 387 Dishwashers
  • 377 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants
  • 345 Food Service Managers
  • 273 Software Developers
  • 260 Machine Feeders
  • 218 Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • 188 Industrial Production Managers
  • 185 Human Resource Managers
  • 183 Industrial Engineers
  • 177 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
  • 163 Environmental Engineers
  • 132 Mechanical Engineers
  • 113 Electrical Engineers
  • 103 Computer Hardware Engineers
  • 87 Logisticians
  • 80 Chemists
  • 31 Soil and Plant Scientists
  • 15 Food Scientists and Technologists

Unskilled Labor 

There are 3,527 people employed by Temporary Help Services in our labor shed area.

USDA Agricultural Research in Stoneville, Mississippi

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Southeast area headquarters is in Stoneville, Mississippi, near Greenwood.  More than 100 Ph.Ds. research fields such as crop genetics, crop products systems, genomics and bioinformatics, southern insect management, warmwater aquaculture research, natural products utilization, biological control of pests, and cotton ginning research.

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Workforce Training

Customized Training Cash
Customized workforce training is designed to meet a specific business need. It includes curriculum and material development as well as instruction. Funding is available through project agreements with the Community Colleges for Workforce Enhancement Training Fund administered by the Mississippi Community College Board. Appropriate financial documentation is required.

  • Industry-Based Training – A business may be reimbursed for up to $35 per hour of training conducted by the industry for the industry when the college does not provide the training.
  • Vendor Training – A business may be reimbursed for on-site vendor training costs at one-half of the daily cost, not to exceed $500 per day, with a 10-day limit per training area. Off-site vendor train-the-trainer costs may be reimbursed at a maximum of $500 per person for training registration. Such reimbursement may apply to no more than two (2) individuals to attend the same training area. Travel costs comply with project rules and limits. A business may be reimbursed for up to $20,000 per fiscal year for allowable, approved travel costs.
  • Train-the-Trainer – A business may be reimbursed for limited travel costs associated with training employees in a discipline not currently available through the local community college. Such reimbursement may apply to no more than two (2) individuals to attend the same training in a non-production area and no more than four (4) individuals per production training area. Travel costs comply with project rules and limits. A business may be reimbursed from $10,000 to $15,000 per fiscal year for allowable, approved costs for domestic and international travel, respectively.
On-The-Job Training Cash
Mississippi’s Workforce Investment Network (WIN) Job Centers can help offset training costs for new employees through the WIN On-the-Job Training (OJT) activity. Businesses may be reimbursed for up to half of a new employee’s wages while the employee learns the job, on the job.

OJT Participation Criteria
New employees covered by an OJT agreement must be unemployed or underemployed as determined by the WIN Job Center.

Training Rules
  • Reimbursement depends on the wages paid to new employees and the length of training.
  • The length of training is negotiated based on the skills necessary to perform the job(s) and the new employees’ existing skills.
  • Limited to no more than 50% of the total workforce or new hires.
  • The maximum length of training is limited to no more than six months or 1040 hours.
  • Businesses that relocate and lay off workers at another location may not receive an OJT for 120 days after relocating.
  • Other OJT rules and record keeping requirements can be obtained from the WIN Job Center.
The community college and/or WIN Job Center will work with the company to develop and negotiate a training and service plan and funding agreement.

Applicant/Employee Assessment
Community colleges can assist a business through their performance appraisal processes. An array of assessment tools can be used for a quick, confidential evaluation of an applicant’s work-related and/or academic skills. Work skills aptitude assessments include verbal, numerical, and spatial aptitudes, nonverbal reasoning, form perception, clerical perception, and color discrimination. Assessments may also include performance surveys designed to project employee work ethics, reliability and motivational components. A Mississippi Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is a credential based upon the WorkKeys® assessments that substantiate to employers that an individual possesses the basic workplace skills required for 21st century jobs.

Pre-Employment Training
Pre-employment training matches candidates with specific jobs. Candidates must successfully complete a specific training curriculum developed by the business and college training professionals. The curriculum may include work ethics, appropriate dress, work expectations, and technical skill requirements. Candidates who do not meet training requirements, such as those who receive low scores on attendance and cooperation, may be identified prior to interviews and hiring. 


Community College Programs

Mississippi Delta Community College which has a location in Greenwood provides the following programs to provide skilled workers for the food sector:
  • Culinary Arts Technology
  • Field Crops / Agricultural Business and Management Technology
  • Precision Agriculture Technology
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Support Services

  • 238 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
  • 174 Commercial Banks
  • 95 General Freight Trucking
  • 93 Specialized Freight Trucking
  • 86 Electrical Contractors
  • 57 Site Preparation Contractors
  • 54 Engineering Services
  • 22 Commercial Printing
  • 17 General Warehousing and Storage Companies
  • 16 Advertising Agencies
  • 14 Machine Shops
  • 11 Freight Transportation Arrangement Companies
  • 10 Sign Manufacturers
  • 9 Industrial Building Construction Companies
  • 9 Chemical and Allied Products Wholesalers
  • 7 Structural Steel and Precast Concrete Contractors
  • 7 Telemarketing Bureaus
  • 3 Refrigeration Warehousing Companies
  • 3 Inland Water Freight Transportation Companies
  • 3 Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal Companies
  • 2 Sawmill, Woodworking, and Paper Machinery Manufacturing
  • 2 Power-Driven Handtool Manufacturing
  • 2 Chartered Passenger Air Transportation Companies
  • 1 Conveyor Manufacturer
  • 1 Industrial Gas Manufacturer
  • 1 Fabricated Pipe and Pipe Fitting Manufacturer

The Alluvian Hotel/Spa and Viking Cooking School

The Alluvian Hotel in downtown Greenwood has received AAA’s “Four Diamond Award” for hotels every year since 2006 and has won the award of Best Hotel in Mississippi numerous times by too many magazines to count!  Accompanying the hotel is a renowned spa and Viking’s Cooking School, a romantic experience for all owned and operated by Viking Range one of the top-kitchen appliance brands in the world!  Click here to learn more about all the above: http://www.thealluvian.com/alluvian_hotel.php

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Taxes & Business Costs

  • Mississippi's corporate income tax rate's top bracket of 5% is 9th lowest in the United States.
    • You will receive 100% exemption of this tax for 10 years by locating in our area.
  • Kiplinger ranked Mississippi the 4th best tax-friendly state for business in August, 2014.
  • Mississippi has the 3rd lowest corporate unemployment tax rate for new employers in the United States
  • Mississippi is tied for the lowest maximum corporate unemployment tax rate for employers in the United States./lir>
  • The Mississippi legislature passed massive workers' comp reform in 2012 to satisfy Mississippi businesses.

Buildings and Sites

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Incentives


By locating in our area, an industry with at least 10 new employees will receive a 100% exemption on all state income and franchise taxes, full sales and use tax exemption, and property tax exemptions (other than school taxes) for up to 10 years.

Additional incentives are available from the State of Mississippi and can be seen here: https://www.mississippi.org/home-page/our-advantages/incentives/tax-incentives/.