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(VIDEO) ALAN TURNER — Lard Oil expands Mississippi operations

Wade Stephens

Recently, we had the opportunity to meet and get acquainted with Wade Stephens, manager of industrial and commercial business for Lard Oil Co. of Mississippi, and learn about its growth and business plans for Mississippi. The parent company is actually based in Louisiana, and was founded in 1922, so it has a long history in the energy business.  Essentially, the ...

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Merit Health’s Steve Dobbs: There’s not going to be as many doctors to take care of people (VIDEO)

Robyn Pollack, senior director of communications and CEO Steve Dobbs

It’s not difficult to make the argument that the health care industry in America has been the premier growth business of the past 50 years. Consider these simple statistics.  According to government numbers, in 1960, total health expenditures in the United States totaled approximately $27.4 billion. This represented 5 percent of the gross domestic product of the U.S. at that ...

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ALAN TURNER — Is Mississippi on the cusp of major economic growth? Rich Sun thinks so (VIDEO)

Rich Sun

After graduating from Princeton and getting an MBA from New York University, Rich Sun, the new chairman for Innovate Mississippi, built a long and successful career as an investment banker and venture capital expert.  Among other stops along the way, he worked with Goldman Sachs, served in business development for emerging international markets and today, is an entrepreneur and business ...

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Roughton shares a taste of Mississippi (and beyond)

Evelyn Roughton and husband Tony have been the owners of the Crown Restaurant in Indianola for almost 40 years.

One of Mississippi’s foremost culinary stars can be found in none other than downtown Indianola. The Crown Restaurant was begun almost 40 years ago, and today, it continues to be the source for both traditional and non-tradition fare. Evelyn Roughton, restaurateur, cookbook author, mail order entrepreneur, and culinary star, was born in Cleveland, Miss., and emphatically says that “the Delta ...

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Steve Dobbs: Taking up the reins at Merit Health


Recently, we had the opportunity to meet and get acquainted with Steve Dobbs, the new CEO for Merit Health in Central Mississippi. For those who may not have followed, Merit owns 12 hospitals in Mississippi, and is in the midst of a major re-brand.  Steve is responsible for 6 hospitals and 35 clinics in the central Mississippi region, including Merit ...

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ALAN TURNER — Mississippi newspapers are a vital part of our state and its communities

Will Norton, Joel McNeece, Layne Bruce

To paraphrase what Mark Twain once famously said upon reading the news of his demise: the news of newspapers’ death has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, Mississippi’s newspapers are generally doing quite well, thank you.  Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with several folks who are in the know about Mississippi newspapers.  Layne Bruce is the executive director of ...

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Nissan Canton: A driving force for Mississippi’s economy

2015 Nissan Murano resets the standard in the midsize crossover segment with breakthrough design, premium interior and purposeful technology. Third generation of Nissan's popular flagship crossover symbolizes NissanÕs design-led product and brand renaissance. Murano styling delivers bold Resonance Concept's refined intensity exterior and social lounge interior. Carries forward new Nissan design direction with V-Motion front end, boomerang lights, floating roof treatment and efficient aerodynamics.

By ALAN TURNER Recently, the Mississippi Business Journal had the opportunity to tour Nissan’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Canton, and spend some time talking with Steve Marsh, the new Vice President and Plant Manager. Seeing the plant in full operation is an incredible experience.  Nissan conducts tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and they’re pleased to welcome folks of all ages.  ...

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ALAN TURNER – Hibbett Neel: Engineering for growth

Hibbett Neel is president and CEO of Neel-Schaffer.

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Hibbett Neel, President and CEO of Neel-Schaffer, and learn about his long business success, the company, and some of Mississippi’s infrastructure needs. Born in Smyrna, Tenn., Hibbett defined himself as “the black sheep of the family,” as he chose a career path that was somewhat different than what his family ...

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