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Sanderson rides dark-meat sales to net profit rebound

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. net income more than doubled in the first fiscal quarter compared with the year earlier period – thanks to dark-meat sales recovering from a slump brought on by the avian flu outbreak in 2015. Sales for the quarter ending Jan. 31 were $688.3 million, compared with $605.2 million a year earlier. Net income for the ...

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House buyers, sellers getting what they want in central Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY Both sides in the residential real estate market in central Mississippi are getting what they want. First, the seller’s side. Pending sales were up 53.9 percent last month, compared with a year earlier, according to the Central Mississippi Realtors Association. And sellers got 95.4 percent of their listed price, with the average stay on the market of ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — The man who created a new music

It’s time to clear up some misconceptions about a man who continues to change the world as it had been known. No, this is not about Donald Trump. We are talking about another world-shaker. Sam Phillips. Or as acclaimed biographer Peter Guralnick calls him in the subtitle of his book: “The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll.” Read this 660-page ...

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ICE agents arrest 55 working at Asian restaurants in metro Jackson, Meridian

By JACK WEATHERLY Fifty-five foreign nationals were arrested Wednesday in six Asian restaurants in metro Jackson and two in Meridian  by agents of the Immigration and U.S. Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. Thomas Byrd, public affairs officer for the ICE office in New Orleans, would not say what the charges were, only that the agents executed criminal search warrants. Byrd said he ...

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Seraphim Solar lets the sunshine in with tour of plant

By JACK WEATHERLY At last, the sun has broken through and shed light on the solar-panel maker in west Jackson. Seraphim Solar USA started making panels in February 2016 after it got its first order, according to production manager Jake Pixler. The Mississippi Business Journal last was able to report on the project in April 2016, after it was announced ...

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GM named for new Westin hotel in downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY A veteran in the hospitality industry has been selected as general manager of the Westin Jackson hotel, according to Wischermann Partners, the operator. Mike Burton will oversee operations of the 204-room hotel at 315 Tombigbee St. in downtown, which, according to the Westin website, is scheduled to open Aug. 3 – one day after the hoped-for Southern ...

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Sanderson, other processors sued for alleged price-fixing

By JACK WEATHERLY Former contract chicken growers have filed suit against major processors, including Laurel-based Sanderson Farms Inc., seeking damages for what they contend is price fixing that squeezed them out of their livelihood. The other defendants are Tyson Foods Inc., Pilgrim Pride Corp., Perdue Farms and Koch Foods Inc. The suit was filed Jan. 27 in the U.S. District ...

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Camgian Microsystems adds 10 engineers to team

By JACK WEATHERLY Camgian Microsystems Inc. added 10 engineers to its team in 2016 to support its growing product development and project efforts, the company said in a release. The new full-time members of Starkville-based Camgian’s technical staff are a mix of experienced professionals and recent college graduates. They are top engineering graduates from Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering and ...

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Gov. Bryant flips on trade pact since 2015

By JACK WEATHERLY Gov. Phil Bryant said in a December 2015 interview that he supported the United States joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “I hope it’s approved, and I hope that we’re a strong part of it,” Bryant told the Mississippi Business Journal. Yet Bryant, a staunch supporter of Donald J. Trump, who has since been elected president and “vetoed” America’s ...

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Mississippi manufacturer betting on a weaker dollar

By JACK WEATHERLY Wayne Wade has concerns about continuing to do business in Vietnam. But it’s not because President Donald Trump “vetoed” America’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact. It’s the strong U.S. dollar, said Wade, president of Bio-Soil Enhancers Inc. of Hattiesburg. Vietnam is the company’s biggest customer. The Southeast Asian country would be one of the ...

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