UPS and Southern Beverage are two new occupants along the Southern end of Highland Colony Parkway in the Ridgeland Business Park — an area that is experiencing a lot of growth recently.
Construction has begun on the two sites with completion dates anticipated mid-summer of 2022 for the UPS Distribution Center and the fourth quarter of 2022 for Southern Beverage. Together, the two companies will be bringing Madison County an estimated 361 new jobs.
“These both are obviously warehouse and distribution jobs,” the Madison County Executive Director of Economic Development Authority Joseph P. Deason said.
These two distribution centers will have competitive salaries for their employees. Southern Beverage’s employees will earn an average of just under $50,000 per year with UPS slightly higher at $57,000. The companies won’t only be helping the community by adding employment opportunities, but also by increasing sales tax revenue, gas sales, and traffic in convenience stores and restaurants in the area.
“Anytime you bring in 361 new jobs averaging $52,000 a year, you are going to see increased sales and use tax in the Ridgeland area,” Deason said. “With it being right on the Hinds county line, it is going to provide opportunities for residents in Hinds as well to come over and work in Madison County. We are excited about all of those opportunities.”
The companies are each investing a large sum of money into the county with their business. UPS will bring an investment of $26.6 million, and Southern Beverage will exceed that at $28 million.
“We are very excited to have them here,” Deason said.
These new projects will require street reconstruction on the Southern end due to the increased traffic they will cause to the already busy street. Deason said the businesses will increase the number of 18-wheeler trucks on that road to 60 trucks a day.
“[The road] wasn’t designed for those 80,000 pound loads,” Deason said. “That cost (of reconstruction) is going to be shared between Madison County and Ridgeland.”
Expected to begin in six to nine months, construction on the road will take about 16 months.