Weir Group announces investment in Mississippi plant

The Weir Group (Glasgow, Scotland) is investing an additional $15 million in its Newton, Mississippi, manufacturing facility, as part of a total $50 million plan supporting an additional 150 jobs at the plant.

There will be over 400 employees at the facility after the investment is complete.

The Newton facility produces ground engaging tools for mining and infrastructure needs. The expansion is slated to be complete by August 2019.

“We chose to increase our investment in Newton because it is home to highly skilled people who are passionate about producing world-class products,” Weir Group CEO Jon Stanton said. “The equipment we make in Mississippi is exported around the world and the increased demand from our mining and infrastructure customers gives us great confidence in the future.”

“Our tools are used to extract and move hard rock and ore in very harsh environments,” Travis Wilhelm, the site manager of the Newton foundry, told Mississippi Business Journal. “To operate efficiently in those conditions requires great materials science and excellent foundry and manufacturing skills. Our ability to consistently deliver products that last longer and helps produce more ore is why we have a strong market position and why customers all over the world rely on the products made here in Mississippi.”