Lynx Grills is moving its headquarters and manufacturing from California to Greenwood. MPB’s Alexandra Watts finds out what that means for the Delta.
Governor Phil Bryant cuts the ribbon for Lynx Grills which will be sharing space with the Viking Range Corporation right off Highway 82 in Greenwood. The two companies are owned by the same organization.
Coming from California, Lynx Grills will bring 200 badly needed jobs to the region. Governor Bryant said the Delta region has seen the most investment in the state over the past year – and he hopes that continues with other businesses coming in.
“I’d like to see more manufacturing," Gov. Bryant said. "Agribusiness is still the backbone and it’s going to here, but we’ve got to make things, we’ve got to do more manufacturing like Viking is doing just here. We have to do more healthcare like Baxter – a remarkable plant over there. You’re going to see more steel industries come here. I’d like to see an automotive plant here to the Mississippi Delta. All of that is possible.”
Daniele Morgan is the executive director of the Greenwood Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. She said many areas benefit from new businesses bring brought in – ranging from economic development to tourism.
“Any time you create a place where people want to live and work, it’s also creating a place people want to visit," Morgan said. "We’re thrilled with this news and the job creation, and what it will bring to the area.”
Lynx Grills is hiring for half of the 200 positions now, and half over the next five years.