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Bioplastics maker opens for business in East Mississippi

by Published: November 14,2014

Tags: ALGIX LLC, aquaculture, Bioplastics, SOLAPLAST

MARION, Mississippi — Bioplastics manufacturer ALGIX, LLC officially opened its doors Friday at the company’s SOLAPLAST facility here. The Lauderdale County project represents an $8.5 million corporate investment that economic development officials say will increase to $40 million and will create 100 jobs over the next three years. ALGIX’s new state-of-the-art facility features compounding equipment […] [...]

Hospital services will continue during long Keesler Medical Center project

by Published: November 13,2014

Tags: Business, construction, Keesler, Mississippi, South Mississippi

Keesler Medical Center is getting an extensive facelift. The $74 million renovation project will begin soon and is expected to be completed in mid-2017. Officials expect the project to enhance the overall patient experience by providing world-class healthcare facilities for the Keesler community. Maintaining all patient services throughout construction is part of the reason for […] [...]

Foreclosures down, sales prices going up

by Published: November 13,2014

Tags: Business, foreclosure, Mississippi, NEWS, real estate

There’s good news for various residential real estate markets around the state, presidents of three regional professional organizations report. Home foreclosures are down and the number of sales and average sales prices of homes have increased throughout Mississippi. “Our market is holding steady with a slight increase,” said Sandy Richardson, president of the Northwest Mississippi […] [...]

Real Estate agents face changing policies as they learn how to protect themselves as they show houses

by Published: November 13,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, real estate

The murder in October of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter brought attention once again to the need for real estate professionals to learn how to protect themselves. The National Association of Realtors, which designates September as Realtor Safety Month, has devoted a special section of its website to safety with videos, webinars and other […] [...]

THE PENALTY PHASE — Project owners depend heavily on timely completion  

by Published: November 13,2014

Tags: Business, construction, Mississippi, NEWS

Nearly every large construction project is planned and financed based on a specified completion date. While many things can disrupt that plan ranging from bad weather to supply or labor shortages, failing to meet the deadline can result in significant penalties. “Owners of projects, especially in the private sector, depend upon timely completion so use […] [...]

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE WORKPLACE — In most cases, state, federal laws exist for employers to handle any crisis

by Published: November 7,2014

Tags: domestic violence, insurance, Mississippi, NEWS, workplace

Recent cases of domestic abuse in the National Football League have made the news, but the problem is not new. Nor have businesses had to scramble to develop or adjust employee policies and penalties regarding domestic violence. Members of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) say the majority of the companies they represent have […] [...]

Chaney: Affordable Health Care Act for business not bad at all

The phase-in of the highly controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues in 2015 as businesses make plans to comply with the provisions of the act — or pay the consequences. “It is important for businesses to prepare for this upcoming change,” said Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney.  “I would suggest seeking assistance […] [...]

MAKING JACKSON A BETTER PLACE — Ann Somers enjoys her career because of variety of projects and the people she meets

While growing up in Byram, Ann Somers loved putting thing together, such as puzzles, model cars and ships and fantasy Barbie kingdoms. That interest in building things led to a career in architecture, something she learned about as an eighth-grader. “I knew that was what I wanted to do,” Somers recalls. “Up to that point […] [...]

Licensing changes could streamline and shorten path to gaining an architectural degree

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: architecture, Business, education, engineering, Mississippi

New rules proposed by the board that develops programs for state licensing of architects aims to streamline internship requirements by eliminating elective hours from the equation. Ultimately the action could reduce the time it takes from graduation to becoming licensed by one third without compromising the profession’s emphasis on education, experience and examination, proponents say. […] [...]

Message Point Media changes how businesses information is disseminated digitally

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, technology

Do you get bored waiting in a doctor’s office or in the line to get your driver’s license renewed? If so, you may appreciate the products of Ridgeland’s Message Point Media, a rapidly growing firm that specializes in placing digital signs in schools, businesses and governmental agencies that display information ranging from informing students of […] [...]

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