Virus blamed as plans made to close Mississippi manufacturer


NEW ALBANY, Miss. – A company that makes coolers and freezers for restaurants, convenience stores and other businesses says it’s closing a manufacturing plant in Mississippi because of economic conditions arising from the spread of the new coronavirus.

The New Albany Gazette reports that the Master-Bilt facility in New Albany is closing permanently. The Gazette reports that Refrigerated Solutions Group issued a statement last week saying it decided to close the plant after reviewing business opportunities and market conditions.

The company statement said the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unexpected conditions that included government-ordered shutdowns of many of the company’s customers.

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