Mayor's Report

Aug 15

Kruger Industrial Development

Posted on August 15, 2019 at 4:43 PM by Darren Musselwhite

Kruger is expanding to Southaven and leasing 365,000 square feet in the space vacated a few years ago by Asics at Airways/Marathon Way.  This $3 million capital investment will bring approximately 30 new jobs to our city.

Kruger is a Canadian company headquartered in Montreal and founded in 1904 that has traditionally focused on the distribution of paper goods. They have expanded operations into tissue products, renewable energy, cellulosic biomaterials, innovative specialty papers for eco-friendly food packaging and labeling products, paper and paperboard recycling, real estate, and wines & spirits.

We appreciate the efforts of local commercial advisors/brokers in bringing them here and welcome Kruger and their outstanding operation to our city.

Aug 09

Medline Development

Posted on August 9, 2019 at 3:35 PM by Darren Musselwhite

Until I became Mayor, I never had any idea how much work goes into recruiting quality developments and how much time it takes to see these developments become real.  Jim Flanagan is the Director of the Desoto County Economic Development Council and does an incredible job of promoting our county and recruiting industrial developments.  He and I have almost cried together, at times, seeing some great ones pass us by and go elsewhere after tremendous efforts.  We don’t get them all, but we have landed a “big one” with Medline.

Medline Industries, Inc., a global healthcare company headquartered in Northfield, Illinois, employs 23,000-plus people manufacturing and distributing medical supplies in more than 90 countries.  They have purchased vacant property in Southaven between I-55 and Highway 51 just north of Star Landing Road where they plan to build a 1.4 million square-foot facility that will distribute their products throughout the Southeastern U.S.  This $46-million investment will bring 450 new quality jobs to Southaven.

Our City Board of Aldermen joined me in recognizing the significance of this development and offered the infrastructure improvements needed to meet the needs of Medline.  The State of Mississippi provided essential tax incentives and co-op funding required for the Pepperchase Road extension, along with Desoto County, to finalize the requirements of this outstanding operation.

Medline attributed their choice of Southaven to our key geographic location, quality local workforce, and high quality of life.  We’ve welcomed them to our city and are excited about the magnitude of benefits their operation will bring to our citizens and the healthcare in our region.  I appreciate the coordinated efforts of Governor Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Development Authority, the Desoto County Economic Development Council, and the Desoto County Board of Supervisors with our city to make this happen.

Medline projects this facility will be ready to start operations in early 2021.    

Jul 03

New Police Chief Macon Moore

Posted on July 3, 2019 at 1:45 PM by Darren Musselwhite

The Board of Aldermen and I have appointed and confirmed Macon Moore as the City of Southaven’s new Police Chief effective swearing-in on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

He comes to the City after spending the last 7 years as the Desoto County Sheriff's Chief Deputy after serving in several other key capacities within that department since 2009.  He started his law enforcement career with the Greenville (MS) Police Department in 1989 as a Patrol Officer and served in many roles before joining the Southaven Police Department in 2001.  His prior service from 2001-2009 with the City included holding positions as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, SWAT Team member, and K-9 Unit Commander before being promoted to Patrol Lieutenant, then later Training Lieutenant.

Chief Deputy Moore has continued his education throughout his law enforcement career receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Bethel University in 2018 and graduating from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2016.  He currently serves as an Executive Board Member for the Mississippi FBI National Association, a Board Member for the Mississippi Tactical Officers Association and an Executive Panel Member for the NTOA Breachers Symposium for Law Enforcement in Tucson, Arizona and Orlando, Florida. 

Macon Moore is an experienced and talented law enforcement executive in whom I have the utmost confidence to prepare and lead our Police Department for the many challenges that lie ahead.  He shares my values of keeping public safety our number-one priority and keeping Southaven a great place to live.