Viking Range Continuing to Pay Fines for Not Meeting Jobs Targets

GREENWOOD, MS (Ben Caxton) — The State Auditor has released a report detailing the relationship of the former Viking Range Corporation and the Mississippi Development Authority. After failing to produce and maintain 250 additional jobs for five years at the Greenwood facility, the company has repaid in excess of $2.5 million to the state. In 2005 MDA agreed to grant $3 million to Viking to assist in constructing a dishwasher manufacturing facility. Initially, Viking agreed to create and maintain 250 new jobs for five years in addition to its approximately 1150 employees at the time, but Viking was unable to create the additional 250 jobs. Viking was purchased by Middleby Corporation in 2012 and despite paying millions in penalties already Middleby may still be subject to annual penalties until May 2020.


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