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Emergency workers’ new hydraulic tools allow faster rescues

OLIVE BRANCH —  New hydraulic rescue tools will let crews extract people from smashed cars much faster, says Olive Branch Fire Capt. Dave Taylor. “They could probably do an extraction in half the time now,” he told The Memphis Commercial Appeal. Crews are training with the new tools, which Deputy Chief Ken Givens said are […] [...]

Analysis: Questions linger on potential Columbus aluminum mill

By JEFF AMY The strange recruitment of a potential $1.2 billion aluminum mill rolls on. American Specialty Alloys had promised to announce a site and a financing plan by the end of the year. The company sparked a lot of speculation by putting a countdown clock on its website that ended at 7 p.m. December […] [...]

MBJ Business Person of the Year: Joe Sanderson Jr.

You can come at the chicken business a few different ways. You can get to a point you’re happy with and stay there, you can wait for opportunities to arise, or you can create them the way Joe Sanderson Jr. does. The CEO of Mississippi’s largest public company prefers to run at full throttle, having […] [...]

Ford F-150s roll into Mississippi, ahead of the pickup pack

by Published: December 24,2014

Tags: Business, F-150, Ford, Mississippi, NEWS, transportation

By Jack Weatherly The federal government put the hammer down on the U.S. automotive industry in August 2012 — issuing a mandate that the fuel efficiency of trucks and cars had to more than double by 2025. Toward meeting that goal, Ford Motor Co. has just rolled out its lighter-weight, all-aluminum-body F-150 pickup, the best-selling […] [...]

OptimComfort locates plant in Plantersville

PLANTERSVILLE  — A medical furniture design and manufacturing company will locate a facility in Plantersville in northeast Mississippi. OptimComfort Inc. announced plans Tuesday to locate a plant in a 27,000 square foot building formerly used by J. Ivy Industries. The project represents a $500,000 corporate investment and will create 70 jobs over the next three […] [...]

Jindal raises money for Tate Reeves

by Published: December 19,2014

Tags: Business, Common Core, education, Mississippi, Politics

GULFPORT — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is helping raise campaign cash for Mississippi’s Republican lieutenant governor, Tate Reeves, who’s seeking a second term in 2015. A Reeves campaign email says Jindal was appearing at Reeves’ fundraiser Thursday evening at a home in Gulfport, with ticket prices ranging from $250 to $2,500. The Advocate reports that […] [...]

Aluminum company rumored for Columbus: ‘clock’ is for website, not plant site

By Jack Weatherly There is plenty of evidence that a $1.2 billion aluminum mill will be built at Columbus. But when the American Specialty Alloys clock on Internet hits zero today at about 7 p.m. don’t expect a big announcement. It will be the launch of a website, www.asametals.com, but there will be no information […] [...]

Ruling stands for Pearl River Co. in plant dispute

JACKSON — The state Court of Appeals has upheld a judge’s ruling against a group of residents who sought to block development of five acres near the construction site of a sand drying plant in Pearl River County. The Alliance Consulting Group is locating the plant on 30 acres between Nicholson and Picayune. The $30 […] [...]

Former Lane Furniture plant sold for $1.45 million

by Published: December 15,2014

Tags: United Furniture Doug Hanby

United Furniture Industries has bought the 475,000-square-foot former Lane Furniture Industries in Verona for $1.45 million. Doug Hanby, United chief financial officer, said in a news release on Monday that the facility will used as a manufacturing facility for stationary furniture, and hopes to open it during the first quarter of next year. United Furniture […] [...]

Grenada plastics company to expand, add 60 jobs

by Published: December 15,2014

Tags: Business, Grenada, manufacturing, Mississippi, NEWS

GRENADA — An Illinois company will invest $350,000 to expand its Grenada factory, adding 60 jobs. Suburban Plastics, based in Elgin, Illinois, announced last week it would expand its current factory by 25,000 square feet to increase production. Vice President Jeremy Baxter says the company has “a strong trend of continuing growth” in Grenada. The […] [...]

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