Tony’s Tamales investing in Flora
A Mississippi wholesale tamale brand announced Tuesday that the company would locate a new production facility in Flora.
Flora Mayor Les Childress said the newly announced Tony’s Tamales facility would be located in Flora’s industrial park just off U.S. 49 north of town. He said the project would be “good for the town.” He does not yet have an address but it will be close to the Primos building in the park, he said.
“The town of Flora is excited to welcome Tony’s Tamales to our industrial park,” Childress said. “Homegrown businesses like these are a natural fit to the community of Flora, and we are looking forward to assisting Tony’s Tamales in their future growth.”
A Mississippi Development Authority press release said that the project is expected to generate 30 jobs and represents a $690,000 corporate investment in the area. Childress said that in addition to MDA, the Madison County Economic Development Authority helped recruit Tony’s.
“We appreciate MCEDA for their guidance and oversight in this project over the past two years,” Childress said. “We welcome Tony’s Tamales to Flora and are grateful for their investment in our community.”
Gov. Tate Reeves said, “I look forward to watching this project bring even more economic growth to Madison County.”
Tony’s Tamales owner Reginald Mosely said the company will build a new building but does not have any dates to announce at this time.
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for infrastructure improvements, MDA Interim Executive Director Laura Hipp said.
“MDA is proud to support Tony’s Tamales as the company increases its presence in Central Mississippi by opening a new production facility to meet an increase in consumer demand,” Hipp said. “This expansion is a great indicator of the long-term growth and success Mississippi-based businesses enjoy for many years. We appreciate our partners at the town of Flora and the Madison County Economic Development Authority for working with MDA to bring this project full-circle.”
Mosely said Tony’s Tamales is a “homegrown” Mississippi company that started in 1982 as a restaurant in Jackson as the result of owner Robert Mosley’s desire to bring his tamales to the state capital.
“The Tony’s Tamales family would like to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude for the continued support. We look forward to a prosperous working relationship,” Mosely said.
The company has grown, selling to retailers throughout the U.S. The company’s expansion will enable the company to meet an increase in demand and fulfill two newly secured contracts with Whole Foods and Publix.
“Tony’s Tamales is another prime example of a Mississippi-grown company finding success nationally,” Reeves said. “With this expansion, Americans across the country will be able to experience a Mississippi culinary tradition.”
Tony’s has an existing footprint in Madison County. They have a retail location at 6961 Old Canton Road in Ridgeland. They also have another drive-through restaurant in Pearl. Their products are available at Walmart, Food Depot, Piggly Wiggly, Kroger, Supervalu and Corner Market. Visit tonystamales.com.