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MHA to host Southeast’s largest health care expo

The Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA) will hold its 47th Annual Health Care Exposition April 29-30 at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson.

“This will be the largest MHA expo ever and one of the largest, if not the largest, health care trade shows in the South,” said Jim Baddley, senior vice president for education. “For the 47th year, attendees will view over 300 exhibits by exhibitors and sponsors from a full range of health care technology, services, products and education.”

The exhibits are open to anyone connected to the health care industry. There will be products, services, and technology that should be of interest to administrators, management, department heads, educators and students within the field.

“This year is a first. It is the first year the expo has been held in Jackson, and the first time it has been separate and apart from the MHA Annual Leadership Conference,” said Dan Harrison, chairman of the MHA board of governors. “We believe by conducting the expo in the central part of the state that travel time will be minimized and a larger viewing audience of health care professionals will be reached.”

For additional information call the MHA office at 1-800-289-8884.

Fordice wants electric power deregulation

Gov. Kirk Fordice has called for increased efforts for electric power industry deregulation in Mississippi. A proposed transition plan issued by the public utilities staff in 1997 is currently being reviewed by the Public Service Commission.

Fordice’s address to the third annual Energy Forum in Jackson, sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development, focused attention on one of the state’s significant business issues.

“The public utilities staff issued an historic plan with a reasonable timetable for implementation of deregulation of the electric power industry. I am disappointed that the Public Service Commission has allowed this schedule to be sidetracked. We need to get back on the timetable and ensure lower electric power rates for Mississippi industry, retailers and consumers,” Fordice said. “Competition is the power that drives the free enterprise system. Deregulation is nothing we should fear. It will result in lower prices for consumers and help attract companies to locate in Mississippi.”

Habitat plans grand opening

Habitat for Humanity of Metro Jackson will hold a grand opening of its Home Source store Saturday, April 25 from noon until 5 p.m. The store is located at 1260 Ellis Avenue next to Hutto’s.

Home Source will sell new, used and vintage building materials with proceeds supporting Habitat projects in the Jackson area. Donations of building supplies are being accepted. Call (601) 353-6000 to make a donation.

Carothers project ahead of schedule

starkville — Carothers Construction Inc. of Water Valley is almost finished with the $17.7 million Sanderson Recreation Center at Mississippi State University — six months ahead of schedule.

We are very anxious to occupy the building,” said Dr. Gene Tice, associate vice president of student affairs. “This is an outstanding facility and will make a tremendous difference to the university.”

K&W Inc. lands soft drink deal

K&W Inc. of Jackson, a leading printing and graphic services company, has been named the primary supplier of packaging services for Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc., the international soft drink company based in Dallas.

The multi-year agreement encompasses 80% of the Dr Pepper/Seven Up packaging graphic prepress work for folding cartons for the companies bottling plants in the U.S.

“K&W has been providing a considerable amount of packaging services for Dr Pepper/Seven Up for about the past year and a half,” said K&W president John Welch. “We were among five or six national companies with whom they had been working. This new agreement…consolidates the work on almost all of their brands.”

SkyTel launches caller ID feature

Jackson-based SkyTel has become the first messaging company to offer its subscribers caller ID. The feature is expected to enhance message management for users.

“SkyTel’s caller ID service provides the same expanded caller information many people enjoy at home and work today,” said John Stupka, president and CEO of SkyTel’s parent company. “SkyTel’s products are about delivering timely and effective information and caller ID is a natural extension of that promise.”

Meridian hosting 10th ‘Main Event’

meridian — Approximately 135 businesses and industries are geared up for the 10th Annual Main Event Business & Industry Expo on tap from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, April 23. This year’s expo will be held at the former Goody’s store in Value Fair Mall. For additional information call Suzie Sulkowski or Dorothy Allen at (601) 693-1306.

Dealers plan AutoPark

Two Jackson auto dealers — Wilson Dodge and Wilson Chrysler-Jeep — are building the Lakeland AutoPark on Lakeland Drive. Slated for completion in August, the 15-acre complex will house both dealerships and “provide customers with greater convenience, service and a huge selection of vehicles,” according to a company press release.

“For over 40 years, the Wilson family of dealerships has built their business by selling quality, well-built cars, backed by excellent customer service,” said Doug Wilson, president of Wilson Dodge. “Now, we are building on that foundation, making the car-buying experience easier with one-stop shopping in a facility designed with the customer in mind.”

McRae’s will anchor McComb’s Edgewood Mall

birmingham — Department store company Proffitt’s, Inc. (NYSE: PFT) has announced the planned opening of a 71,700 square foot McRae’s store in the Edgewood Mall in McComb. Store construction will begin in fall 1998, and the new store is expected to open in fall 1999. McRae’s will join JCPenney and Sears as anchor stores in the mall.

The Edgewood Mall store will employ approximately 125 associates.

McRae’s president and CEO, Dawn Robertson, said, “We are very excited about our planned new store in the Edgewood Mall in McComb. The Edgewood Mall is a highly successful center, and we are thrilled with the opportunity to enter the growing community of McComb. This new location will be a natural fit with our existing thirteen stores throughout the state of Mississippi.’’

Parkway purchase

Jackson’s Parkway Properties Inc. (NYSE: PKY) has purchased the SouthTrust Bank Building in St. Petersburg, Fla. for $17.44 million. The acquisition was funded with advances under bank lines of credit.

“We are pleased to add the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay area as a new market for Parkway. The St. Petersburg Central Business District is witnessing significant growth with announcements by Florida Power Corporation and Andersen Consulting to relocate approximately 1,300 employees to the downtown area. The initial cap rate of 9.4% and the strength of Tampa Bay’s job growth attracted us to this investment.”

For more information on Parkway, visit it on the Internet at www.parkwayco.com.

Ingalls inks $30 million

deal with SEAREX Inc.

pascagoula — Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Litton Industries, has signed a contract worth more than $30 million to build four multipurpose offshore service jackup vessels for SEAREX Inc. of Mandeville, La.

“Ingalls is committed to being a major player in the offshore market,” said Jerry St. P

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