Leisure Pools, one of the world’s largest composite fiberglass swimming pool, spa and tanning ledge manufacturers, finalized plans to establish manufacturing and distribution operations in Picayune, Mississippi. The project is a $3.25 million corporate investment and will create 100 jobs.
Leisure Pools purchased an 83,200-square-foot facility in the Picayune Industrial Park. The new Picayune operations will enable the company to expand its presence in the Gulf States so it can better serve its growing independent dealer network, as well as the families that enjoy Leisure Pools’ wide variety of products. The company expects the Picayune facility to be operational by mid-March.
“We are dedicated to helping more families experience the happiness that comes from enjoying their own composite fiberglass swimming pool, especially when it allows the family to better enjoy their time together, in the safety and security of their own backyard. The strategic introduction of a new facility in Picayune allows us to better fulfill this mission so that we can distribute products faster and easier for our dealers and to families within the Gulf States. This, of course, is only possible through the hard work of talented people, and we look forward to showing the world what can be accomplished with great people and the highest of standards,” explained David Pain, President & CEO of Leisure Pools.
The Mississippi Development Authority qualified Leisure Pools for the Advantage Jobs Rebate Program, which is for eligible businesses that create new jobs exceeding the average annual wage of the state or county in which the company locates or expands. Pearl River County and Mississippi Power also are assisting with the project.
“This year has gotten off to a strong start for economic development in Mississippi, and this announcement that Leisure Pools is bringing so many good manufacturing jobs to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region continues that exciting momentum. The goal of MDA is to build stronger communities through job creation and investment, and we appreciate the teams at Pearl River County Economic Development, the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors and Mississippi Power for working with MDA to help us achieve our goals for the people of Mississippi,” MDA Executive Director John Rounsaville added.
“This is an exciting project that is bringing jobs to Pearl River County and growth to our state. Everyone involved in this project from MDA and the Pearl River County Economic Development Department was focused on bringing Leisure Pools to south Mississippi,” said Mississippi Power Vice President of External Affairs and Shared Services Billy Thornton.