JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The state of Mississippi is proposing to give $12 million to Middleby Corp., the owner of Greenwood's Viking Range, to help pay for an expansion.
The House passed House Bill 1592 Wednesday.
State Rep. Linda Whittington, a Schlater Democrat, says the state would put up $12 million in return for a $20 million investment by the company, mainly in new equipment. Middleby, based in Elgin, Ill., would hire 120 people and maintain 600 total jobs to get an unspecified amount of money.
Viking has laid off about 175 workers since Middleby bought it for $362 million in late 2012, shattering the once-paternal image of the company.
Whittington says the company has agreed to consider rehiring people laid off earlier.
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