By Nancy Green, The Star-Herald
Spring 2015 special section
Through the manufacturing process at Attala Steel Industries and Galvanizing, a major contribution is being made to the rapid growth of the use of solar energy, according to Mark Lindsey, general manager of the company.
An expansion at the plant during the past year has brought about the manufacture of wide flange beams used in making support structures used in the solar industry. “Attala Steel is the only manufacturer in the United States that can fabricate the wide flange beams, galvanize and ship,” Lindsey said. With that capability, the company sells throughout the U.S. and internationally to customers in Africa, Hawaii, Japan and other countries.
Attala Steel can also claim a record of selling its highway guard rails in every state as well as internationally. The plant has the capacity to process 40 tons of steel per hour, according to Lindsey.
The company expanded in 2013 with a $5 million investment and addition of a galvanizing facility at the company steel mill. The addition of the 30,000 square foot galvanizing facility complemented the existing structural steel mill and fabrication. That expansion enabled the company to have the distinction of being able to provide all three steps in the process.
Owned by Kosciusko native Billy Atwood, the business has operated in Kosciusko since 2006. The latest expansion added 20 employees for a total of 50 in the operation.
“We expect this to be our best year, and we plan to grow and expand,” said Lindsey.
The company makes a contribution to the community through its commitment to economic development.
Lindsey and Atwood expressed appreciation to the Board of Supervisors for helping pave the way in the expansion process.
When the company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the galvanizing facility Atwood said, “We believe in Kosciusko, and we believe in Mississippi. What is good for our city and state is good for us all.”