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Originally settled for its proximity to the Pearl River, Monticello is now a haven for a variety of industries. From the beginning, agriculture has played a large role and soybeans and cattle have been important products.

Located in the heart of the Pine Belt, the lumber industry has contributed much to Monticello. The importance of manufacturing has continued to grow in Monticello through the years. Monticello is now the home of the American Cyanamid, a commercial aluminum plant.  Monticello Hardwood Company, a manufacturer of lumber and crossties, and South Central Ready Mix, a manufacturer of ready mixed concrete, and Monticello's largest industry, Georgia Pacific. Monticello also has a one hundred acre industrial park within a mile of the corporative limits of the Town of Monticello.

Fire protection, sewer service, and adequate water supplies are provided to the park by the Town of Monticello. Entex, Inc, supplies the natural gas for the park and Southern Pine Electric Power Association the electricity.

Rail service is provided to the park by Illinois Central Gulf. Airports providing both passenger and freight service are located in Jackson, 60 miles north; Hattiesburg, 60 miles east; Prentiss, 15 miles east; and Brookhaven , 20 miles west.

In December 1936 the leading merchants and businessmen of Monticello organized a Chamber of Commerce to promote industry in Lawrence County. The Chamber has continued to grow and promote Monticello as a site for new industries.


Georgia-Pacific Corp.
Paper and Allied Products
Joe N. Miles & Sons, Inc.
Lumber and Wood Products  (except furniture)
Monticello Hardwood, Inc.
Lumber and Wood Products  (except furniture)
Atlas Bucket Co.
Industrial and Commercial / Machinery and Computer Equipment
Lee's Pig Skins Co.
Food and Kindred Products

The Lawrence County Board of Supervisors, the Lawrence County Community Development Association, the Lawrence County and Monticello Chamber of Commerce represent a partnership dedicated to a bright economic future. New and relocating business and industry find a economic development partnership eager to help with critical needs like grant procurement or site planning. As part of that commitment, Lawrence County has recently developed a 40-acre industrial site just outside of Monticello. Business and industry need more than adequate infrastructure to thrive. They also need a well-trained work force. Lawrence County's public education system, especially the Technology and Career Center. Diversified technology program trains future workers for today's technological environment in industry.
Monticello awards:
   •Clarion Ledger 2002 Planning and Economic Development
   •Clarion Ledger 2008 Best Overall Municipal Excellence Award -
   •Image Improvement Community Celebration Competition
   •Best Cap - Governor's Commun-  ity Projects of Excellence 2008

   •Trailblazer Award, Atwood Music Festival 95-96

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