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OLIVE BRANCH – A special legislative session called for Friday by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will be for the purpose of discussing a new industry that could create up to 800 new Mississippi jobs.

HCL CleanTech plans to invest $1 billion to establish the company’s headquarters in Olive Branch and eventually relocate its existing pilot facility to Mississippi, according to a statement from the governor.

"I think a corporate headquarters is an exciting opportunity for Olive Branch," said Mayor Sam Rikard. "It provides higher paying jobs than normal but what’s amazing about this series of projects, we’re not talking about a company just locating in Olive Branch, we’re talking about a legislative session that works to provide jobs in five Mississippi cities at the same time."

The company has also proposed to build a research and development center in Grenada and three large commercial plants in Booneville, Hattiesburg and Natchez.

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