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TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Philips Lighting will expand its light fixture plant in Tupelo, adding 50 employees to the current 450.

A unit of Dutch-based Philips NV, the company announced Thursday that it will invest $2 million to expand its production of LED light fixtures in Tupelo, using LED technology made at Philips' plant in San Jose, California.

Iain Logan, head of operations for Philips Lighting Americas, says plant makes fixtures that automatically respond to their environment.

The Mississippi Development Authority is providing a $1 million federal community development grant to pay for building modifications. MDA spokeswoman Tammy Craft says no local incentives are being provided.

Craft says workers at the plant make about $15 an hour.

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