Governor Bryant to attend Real Pure recognition event

The Simpson County Development Foundation is planning a new business dedication September 21 for Real Pure Bottling Company.  
In addition to local dignataries,  Governor Phil Bryant will be on hand representing the State of Mississippi.  
The event will be held at 10 a.m. at the Real Pure facility, which is located just off Highway 49 South and Siloam Road.
The plant was recently purchased by Silver Springs Bottled Water Company from Ocala, Florida.  Silver Springs Bottling is the largest private label bottling company in the Southeastern United States.  It is owned and operated by the Richmond family.  
The company is in the process of adding a second automated bottling line and once complete it will represent a $20 million investment into Simpson County.  Employment level is expected to be between 35 and 45 jobs with an average salary of $31,800 per year.  
John Bickerstaff, site manager  said originally they were  bottling on one line 275 bottles per minute on the 1/2 liter line.  He said with the new automation it will increase to 900 bottles per minute and plans are to have two lines producing at that level.  This will take the output to 1,800 bottles per minute.  
In addition to the increased production for the actual lines the paletization of the product will also be fully automated.  
The locating of project in Simpson County was a collabrative effort of the Richmond family, the Mississippi Development Authority, the Simpson County Development Foundation, the city of Magee, the Simpson County Board of Supervisors as well as others.  
In addition to the formal announcement of RealPure there will be a presentation by the Magee Chamber.
This will also coincide with the Work Ready Community designation sponsored through Copiah Lincoln Community College.   The public is invited to attend this event.  For additional information about any of these programs sponsored through the Simpson County Development Foundation please contact Richard Rankin or Donnie Caughman at (601) 847-2375.