MCEDA CONTACT Joseph P. Deason, jdeason@madisoncountyeda.com (601-605-0368)

Ridgeland, MS. (May 25, 2021) – The City of Ridgeland, Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) and officials from Southern Beverage Company announce the company’s plan to build a new distribution facility. The 184,000 square foot modern distribution facility will be located at Highland Colony Parkway and will bring 200 jobs with an average annual wage of $48,000 to Madison County.

“We are delighted that Southern Beverage Company chose Ridgeland as their newest Mississippi location,” said Gene McGee, Mayor of the City of Ridgeland. “We welcome them to our city and would like to express our gratitude for their investment in our community. The Highland Colony 220 Business Park is a prime location for businesses.”

“The Madison County Board of Supervisors is excited to welcome Southern Beverage Company to Madison County,” said Karl Banks, Madison County Board of Supervisors President. “We are excited about the growth this project brings to the county and appreciate the leadership MCEDA provided to help bring this project to fruition.”

“This project helps us to better serve our customer demand,” said Theo Costas, Jr., Owner and President of Southern Beverage Company. “Through the years, Southern Beverage has strategically grown throughout Mississippi and this new facility helps position us for the future.”

Southern Beverage Company began back in 1939 with a warehouse in Jackson, Mississippi to become a distributor of Anheuser-Busch products. After opening their first warehouse in the capital city, Southern Beverage Company expanded to Laurel, Hattiesburg and Batesville with additional distributions centers. Today, they employ 333 people in Mississippi, representing 47 suppliers and distributing 690 different beverage brands in 32 counties within the state.

Construction on the Ridgeland facility is anticipated to begin this summer with completion by November 2022.

About MCEDA:

As the leader of economic development for Madison County, MCEDA’s mission is to encourage the growth of the county’s existing business and industry, attract new investment and higher-paying jobs, and to increase Madison County’s competitiveness leading to a diverse, vibrant economy benefitting all the county’s citizens.

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