Behold Home Inc made an announcement on Friday April 4, their start-up motion furniture company has purchased the former Townhouse Furniture 76,000 sq. ft. main plant building and a 60,000 sg. ft. warehouse for manufacturing furniture. Pictured, from left, Mike Armour of MDA and ARC; Lyle Harris, president/CEO of Behold Home; and Gregg Kennedy, Smithville mayor. The three are standing in front of a motion sofa prototype, which will be built there.

Almost three years after Smithville was nearly demolished by an EF5 tornado, an announcement was made Friday that a new start-up motion furniture company, Behold Home Inc., is locating a manufacturing plant in the former Townhouse Furniture building.

Mike Armour, representing Mississippi Development Authority and Appalachian Regional Commission, read a letter from Gov. Phil Bryant, who was unable to attend because of inclement weather.

“The state has worked hard to support the redevelopment of Smithville since the tornado devastated the town three years ago, and the location of Behold Home and the creation of these new jobs is a great step in that direction,” Bryant said in the letter. “I thank the company for placing its confidence in our business climate and its trust in our workforce. I wish the company many years of success in northeast Mississippi.”

“It is a pleasure to make this announcement,” said Smithville Mayor Gregg Kennedy. “Behold Home is helping us in our process of recovery. It has been a struggle, but getting people back to work is key.”

The new start-up company was founded by furniture industry veterans of Lyle Harris, CEO and company president; Larry Todd, vice president and chief operating officer; and Bo Russell, chief financial officer. Harris is the former president of American Furniture, while Todd was a co-founder of Southern Motion. Russell, is a Tupelo attorney and accountant.

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