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ASA postmortem: industrial recruiting is a constant cycle of death and life

By JACK WEATHERLY  Raising $1.2 billion for an industrial project can be a daunting task, if not a deal killer. For economic developers in Mississippi, American Specialty Alloys’ protracted and secretive efforts in that regard became an issue that ultimately sent the project south to Pineville, La. American Specialty started out last year with a […] [...]

New Orleans congestion keeps Chiquita Gulfport port

GULFPORT — Chiquita containers filled with paper arrive by truck and rail at the State Port in Gulfport where they are stored for later movement to New Orleans for southbound shipment. Along with its own cargo, Crowley Liner Services is shipping into Gulfport northbound Chiquita containers loaded with produce. Chiquita moved to New Orleans in October […] [...]

J. Craig Stepan chosen as new leader for Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway board

by Published: February 25,2015

Tags: Business, Golden Triangle, J. Craig Stepan, Mississippi, NEWS

COLUMBUS — The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority has hired an Alabama man as its new administrator. The hiring of J. Craig Stepan of Fairhope, Alabama, was announced in a news release. Stepan succeeds Bruce Windham who resigned last year due to illness. Stepan will also be president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Council, the authority’s […] [...]

(UPDATED — BREAKING NEWS) American Specialty Alloys won’t locate $1.2B mill in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY American Specialty Alloys, a startup aluminum manufacturer that had been in negotiations with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Golden Triangle development agency since last spring, announced late Friday it has signed a deal with the state of Louisiana to build a $1.2 billion mill in Pineville, which is adjacent to Alexandria […] [...]

(UPDATE) Aluminum maker, recruiter still at impasse on $1.2 billion project

By JACK WEATHERLY  The impasse between American Specialty Alloys and Golden Triangle economic development officials has not eased. The startup aluminum maker with offices in Columbus that says it will build a $1.2 billion mill — somewhere — is “pulling up stakes” and heading for Alexandria, La., Joe Max Higgins, executive director of Golden Triangle […] [...]

Cochran announces $220M helicopter contract in Miss.

by Published: February 17,2015

Tags: Business, military, Mississippi, NEWS, Thad Cochran

COLUMBUS — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., says the U.S. Army has approved a $220.5 million contract for the production of UH-72A Lakota helicopters in Columbus. The contract to Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. is for the procurement of 41 Lakota helicopters equipped with Airborne Radio Communications 231 radios. Congress approved $401.6 million overall for […] [...]

Aluminum maker, Golden Triangle developers at odds over $1.2 billion project

By JACK WEATHERLY The Columbus area economic development organization has put the 826-acres it has set aside for American Speciality Alloys back on the market, alleging that the startup that plans a $1.2 billion aluminum plant has not been acting in good faith recently. Joe Max Higgins, chief executive of Golden Triangle Development LINK, said […] [...]

American Specialties Alloys names chief operating officer

By Jack Weatherly American Specialty Alloys has been coy about where it will build its $1.2 billion aluminum plant — which, by all appearances, is planned for Columbus — but it has made a bold move in naming its chief operations officer. Robert D. Smith had been managing director for the Danieli Corp.’s North America […] [...]

Ashley Furniture fined $1.8M; Miss. plants not cited

By Jack Weatherly A Wisconsin-based furniture maker has drawn a $1.8 million fine from the federal Occupational and Safety and Health Administration for 1,000 injuries to employees in a 42-month period. Those occurred at the Arcadia, Wis., headquarters plant for Ashley Furniture Industries Inc., which employs 4,500 there, OSHA said in a news release Ashley employs […] [...]

Rethinking Farish Street — Mayor, Jackson city council want to take over redevelopment effort

Jackson’s mayor and City Council say they want to begin calling the shots on redeveloping downtown’s Farish Street. Voicing frustration last week with the years of starts, stops and legal entanglements that have marked the Jackson Redevelopment Authority’s handling of the now-dead redevelopment, Mayor Tony Yarber and the council say they want the entire project […] [...]

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