Swedish investor exploring opportunities at JCJC’s ATC

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2010-10-13 17:08:02

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s partnership with Swedish forestry equipment manufacturer, Ingvar Haglöf of Haglöf, Inc. may lead to more partnerships. Haglöf, Swedish businessman Robert Liljekvist and Swedish banker Jan Perrson toured the Whitehead Advanced Technology Center looking at potential office space to start a forestry business in Mississippi. 
“Sweden is very similar to Mississippi with forestry accounting for 70 percent of Sweden’s economy,” said Haglöf. “Sweden is a world leader in forestry and we think Mississippi could be the same….We’ll bring the best of Sweden to this area.”
The international guests met with JCJC President Dr. Jesse Smith to discuss educational opportunities.  Smith explained, “Recessionary prices for American goods are very attractive to foreign investors. With Mississippi’s plentiful, natural resources this would be a good investment for our region and our students.” 
Economic Development Authority of Jones County President Mitch Stennett also had the chance to offer his professional assistance. He said, “(The Swedish business) will help create jobs and investments in our county. We’re really excited about this and we’re glad to help them launch their business.”
JCJC and Haglöf Inc. have been partners for 12 years. Former JCJC forestry instructor, Jim Walley said part of the relationship involved Haglöf showcasing the newest forestry equipment and software to his students and area foresters.
 “He has also been very generous with scholarships and donating equipment. They are the most technically trained two-year students because of this partnership.”
Haglöf said while his company creates and sells forestry equipment around the world, his partnership with JCJC has meant a lot to his company. He shared his business friends were looking for opportunities and he expects they will return, soon.


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