Hattiesburg Mayor releases statement on Stion plant closing

“Anytime a business entity closes in our city, it brings great disappointment,” Barker wrote in an email. “However, we will work with local and state partners to connect those needing work with job opportunities. We will also work to leverage that facility into another future manufacturing opportunity for the Hub City.”

According to the AP report, Stion pledged 1,000 jobs when it announced its plans in 2011, and Mississippi initially loaned the company $74.8 million and millions more in tax breaks.