David Barnett, Director of Distribution Operations for Future Electronics, said the global company's expansion at their Southaven location is now complete, enlarging the footprint of one of the largest and most visible logistics companies in the world.
"We ship electronics worldwide," said Barnett, who has been with the company since 1990.
Barnett said the company's distribution center, which is the North America distribution headquarters, has been located off Old Airways Blvd. in Southaven for more than a decade.
"This is America's distribution center," Barnett said of the sprawling facility which is all air conditioned, under one roof, with more than four elevators in the multimillion-dollar facility.
Future Electronics now owns the property upon which they are located.
"We came here basically for the transportation service," added Barnett. "The roads, the rail hub and airport gives us the ability to serve the company."
DeSoto County's emerging business climate also played a major role in luring the company to the state's fastest-growing county.
"The county was open for business," Barnett said.
Founded in 1968, Future Electronics is a worldwide leader in electronic components distribution, and is recognized as one of the most respected and innovative companies in the industry today. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada and operating in 169 locations in 42 countries around the world, Future Electronics has earned an impressive reputation for providing outstanding service and developing efficient, comprehensive global supply chain solutions.
Barnett said he was previously located at the company's facilities near Heathrow Airport in southern England. The new European headquarters for Future Electronics is near Leipzig, Germany.
The company's expansion locally, begun in 2014, added an additional 9,000 square feet.
With the company's growth, the workforce went from 312 jobs to more than 357 — a net of 45 new jobs, some of which were related to the most recent expansion.
The expansion has led to a million-and-half-dollar increase in payroll, according to Barnett. More than 135 Future Electronics employees live and work in DeSoto County.
The company’s success is largely built upon its commitment to maintain close business partnerships with suppliers and customers, coupled with the strength of its commercial and technical competencies through all stages of the design-production cycle.
Future Electronics is globally integrated, supported by one IT infrastructure which provides real time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of operations, sales and marketing worldwide.
Future Electronics boasts the most knowledgeable sales team and provides the most advanced engineering/design capabilities and technical solutions, award-winning customer service, best-in-class global trade compliance program, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world.
Future Electronics also attempts to hire locally when possible and actively participates in local job fairs, partnering with the WIN Jobs Center and recruiting from schools like Northwest Mississippi Community College.
"We also do an annual tour for the DeSoto County Schools to get the serious students who are interested in a career in maintenance and logistics. We are having discussions about internships for someone who wants a career in logisitics."
Barnett said the company feels right "at home" in DeSoto County.
"My hope is that we are here for a long time to come," Barnett said.
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.