Southern Beverage bringing facility, jobs, to Ridgeland


Southern Beverage Company announced Tuesday that they plan to bring a distribution facility to the Highland Colony Parkway and the project is expected to bring 200 jobs to Ridgeland.

Theo Costas Jr., owner and president of Southern Beverage Company, made the announcement on May 25, in conjunction with the city and Madison County Economic Development Authority. The 184,000 square foot modern distribution facility will be located at Highland Colony Parkway and will bring 200 jobs with an average annual wage of $48,000 to Madison County.

“This project helps us to better serve our customer demand,” Costas Jr., said. “Through the years, Southern Beverage has strategically grown throughout Mississippi and this new facility helps position us for the future.”

Ridgeland Mayor Gene F. McGee said the facility will be located at the Highland Colony 220 Business Park.

“We are delighted that Southern Beverage Company chose Ridgeland as their newest Mississippi location,” McGee said. “We welcome them to our city and would like to express our gratitude for their investment in our community. The Highland Colony 220 Business Park is a prime location for businesses.”

Construction on the Ridgeland facility is anticipated to begin this summer with completion by November 2022.

“The Madison County Board of Supervisors is excited to welcome Southern Beverage Company to Madison County,” said Karl Banks, Madison County Board of Supervisors president. “We are excited about the growth this project brings to the county and appreciate the leadership MCEDA provided to help bring this project to fruition.”

According to a fact sheet supplied by Southern Beverage Company, the company began in 1939 with a warehouse in Jackson to become a distributor of Anheuser-Busch products. After opening their first warehouse in the capital city, Southern Beverage Company expanded to Laurel, Hattiesburg and Batesville with additional distribution centers. Today, they employ 333 people in Mississippi, representing 47 suppliers and distributing 690 different beverage brands in 32 counties within the state.

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