Posts Tagged ‘employment’

Bryant’s State of the State focuses on jobs, education

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant presented a generally optimistic outlook about Mississippi during his State of the State address, focusing on job creation and saying he believes the state can improve its academic performance with charter schools and merit pay for teachers. Republican Bryant, who’s beginning his third year as governor, said he wants to […] [...]

Heritage Home closing furniture plants

SALTILLO — Heritage Home Group, LLC said yesterday that it will close furniture plants in Saltillo and Thomasville, N.C., as part of a post-bankruptcy restructuring. Heritage told the Mississippi Department of Employment Security that it would cut 480 jobs in Saltillo by March 21. The plant near Tupelo makes upholstered reclining furniture under the Lane […] [...]

Cochran issues statement on unemployment benefits standoff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has issued a statement regarding the latest series of votes regarding Senate legislation to extend jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed. “The economy posted its weakest job growth in three years and all Senators should have an opportunity to fully debate and vote on ideas that could […] [...]

Pharmaceutical maker lays off workers; could owe state money

DEKALB — A Kemper County drug maker has laid off about 75 employees, leaving questions about its future and whether it has to repay economic development money. Pharma Pac LLC made the layoffs Dec. 19, according to a notice filed with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Kemper County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Craig […] [...]

HUD: State lax in recruiting low-income workers for Katrina efforts

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has upheld its ruling that the Mississippi did too little to recruit low-income people for Hurricane Katrina recovery work at the Port of Gulfport. HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity also found the Mississippi Development Authority failed at times to track employment of […] [...]

WHAT’S NEXT? Community concerned about Viking Range layoffs

GREENWOOD — Viking Range Corp. has had another round of layoffs, including some in management, in a move that took Greenwood officials and residents by surprise. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that estimates for the latest layoffs ranged from 25 to 75. Attempts to reach representatives of The Middleby Corp., a Chicago-based company which bought Viking […] [...]

Tupelo hospital lays off more than 100 workers

TUPELO — North Mississippi Health Services in Tupelo has laid off 109 employees. A statement from a NMHS says the cuts are across the board. The hospital has declined to give specific numbers or positions being eliminated. Chief medical officer Dr. Mark Williams says the reductions were prompted by the ongoing shift from inpatient to […] [...]

Bank bringing corporate center to Alabama; adding 100 jobs

GULFPORT — Hancock Bank is locating a corporate center in Montgomery, Ala., that will have 200 employees. Bank officials say 100 of the jobs will be new to the company. The bank’s new corporate center will be located on two floors of the Capitol Commerce Center, which was once home to Colonial Bank. Hancock’s chief […] [...]

Toyota Boshoku expanding, adding nearly 200 workers

MANTACHIE — Automotive supplier Toyota Boshoku is adding 180 jobs at its manufacturing plant in northeast Mississippi. The company said today that it’s investing $21 million at the plant it opened in 2011 in Mantachie, where it makes seat components and door panels for the Toyota Corolla. The parts go to a Toyota Motor Corp. […] [...]

Pipe fittings manufacturer finds site for plant

ACKERMAN — Mississippi Forge, a manufacturer of pipe fittings, will locate a plant in Ackerman in North Mississippi. The company announced yesterday that the $9-million corporate investment will create 60 new jobs over three years. Mississippi Forge is locating in the facility formerly occupied by Ackerman Forge. The same facility once housed Taylor Forge, which […] [...]

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