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Southern Motion Opens Miss. Furniture Plant

The company has hired 60 employees to work in a golf accessory plant owned by James M. Davis before he pleaded guilty to his involvement in a Ponzi scheme.

BALDWYN, Miss. (AP) — Upholstered furniture maker Southern Motion has officially opened its Baldwyn plant.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday.

The company already has four facilities employing a combined 1,025 people in Pontotoc. Its newest plant, which began operations in March, employs 60 workers but is expected to grow.

The facility previously housed Forefront Golf, a golf accessory plant owned by James M. Davis before he pleaded guilty to his involvement in the Stanford Financial Group's Ponzi scheme.

Southern Motion snapped it up as part of a bid process in April 2011.

Started in 1996, Southern Motion makes upholstered reclining furniture. Its Baldwyn plant can produce between 120-140 units per day on its assembly line. Officials say they hope to add several more lines soon.

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