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Reported by Chip Washington

Southaven business rebuilds after destructive tornado

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South distribution center damaged by a tornado last February was back in business Thursday.

On February 5, 2008, the tornado ripped through Bound Tree Medical Center in Southaven.  Shipping manager Brent Mohair was caught in the middle of it all.

"All of the sudden the car stops and I'm wondering why the gas isn't working anymore," Mohair said. "The car starts scooting over to the side, I look over to the left, and see things start spinning around."

Thursday, less than a year later, the medical distribution company celebrated its grand re-opening with employees, community and business leaders, and state representatives, including Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker.

"It's an extremely big day," distribution director Raymond Hollins said. "We're exited to be back home.  Back on February fifth, when we came back and saw the destruction, there were a lot of questions we didn't have the answers for."

Employee Robbie Farris said his company was committed to rebuilding at the same location, and was happy to be once again working in familiar surroundings."

"All of us were worried when the tornado first hit," Farris said. "We were worried about our futures, but they came in, they reassured us that we would have jobs."

The company's 70,000 square foot facility has been in Southaven for nearly five years.

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