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ACCO Brands to add 29 jobs

BY BRANT SAPPINGTON

ACCO Brands is increasing its manufacturing capacity in Booneville. The expansion is a $944,300 corporate investment and creates 29 jobs.

"For a decade, ACCO Brands has been a shining example of a valued corporate citizen "" providing hundreds of jobs for the area's workforce while investing in the local community," Gov. Phil Bryant said.

ACCO Brands is one of the world's largest suppliers of branded school, office and consumer products and print finishing solutions. The company is adding new equipment to begin manufacturing paperclips at its Booneville location. The site last expanded in 2016, a reshoring expansion project which brought 34 front-office jobs to Booneville from Manila, Philippines. In 2014, the company added call center operations, creating 162 jobs.

"ACCO Brands is excited to add new jobs to help grow our local economy. The addition of paperclip manufacturing will allow diversification in our employee skill set and expand our capabilities within our facility," said General Manager of ACCO Brands' Booneville facility Bob Alley. "The strong partnership with the state of Mississippi, Prentiss County Development Association and the city of Booneville allows us to continue to grow and expand, and ACCO Brands appreciates this team working together toward growth."

"The Prentiss County Board of Supervisors is excited that ACCO Brands has once again chosen to expand its operations in Prentiss County. This expansion provides more opportunities for the great people of this area to find a career and better their lives," said Prentiss County Board of Supervisors President Matt Murphy.

"This expansion to add a new manufacturing line by ACCO Brands is just the latest in a string of investments and expansion projects at its Booneville facility over the last several years, proving that a global company can be successful operating here. We thank ACCO Brands for this investment and the company's trust in the workforce of Prentiss County and northeast Mississippi," said Prentiss County Development Association Executive Director Leon Hays.

The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance to finish a railroad crossing, as well as assistance for workforce training. The city of Booneville and Prentiss County are providing local tax abatements on any additional equipment needed for the project.

"The addition of paperclip manufacturing capabilities at ACCO Brands' Booneville facility brings even more exciting career opportunities to the people of Prentiss County," said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. "The teamwork of our partners at the Prentiss County Development Association, Prentiss County and the city of Booneville, along with the MDA team, was instrumental in helping ACCO Brands achieve this important goal."

The addition of the 29 new jobs brings employment at ACCO Brands' Booneville facility to approximately 550 workers.

ACCO Brands Corporation is one of the largest suppliers of branded office products, including brands such as At-A-Glance, DAY-TIMER, Five Star, GBC, Hilroy, Kensington and Swingline. ACCO Brands markets its products in more than 100 countries through its sales and distribution networks and has more than 6,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.accobrands.com.

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 www.mississippi.org.