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Chinese delegation coming to Tupelo Furniture Market

TUPELO — A delegation from China is visiting the Tupelo Furniture Market on Feb. 4-6 to learn more about furniture products made in the United States. Bill Martin, director of the Franklin Furniture Institute at Mississippi State University, says in a news release that China’s demand for American-made upholstered furniture has increased and consumers are […] [...]

Event to look at ‘The Road Ahead’ for manufacturing sector

STARKVILLE — Furniture-industry experts, as well as government officials, will examine “The Road Ahead” at Mississippi State University’s 2014 Manufacturing Summit. The fourth-annual summit, to be held April 23, will feature Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves for the 11:15 a.m. keynote address. All activities will be held at MSU’s Hassell H. Franklin Furniture Institute, located at […] [...]

‘Total cost’ tilts manufacturing equation toward United States

Nearly every third day this year retired manufacturing executive Harry Moser expects to be in a city somewhere in America urging business leaders to go toe-to-toe with China on making the products desired by U.S. consumers. Moser’s message goes something like this: You’re the home team on a playing field that is growing more level […] [...]

Is farming good economic development?

Eight years chairing the Mississippi Senate Agriculture Committee led Cindy Hyde-Smith to conclude there’s a lot of gold to be mined down on the farm. The state just needs to more vigorously dig for it, she decided after a dozen years in the Senate and a lifetime working in agriculture. As the state’s newly elected […] [...]

Coming home, part 2- “Reshoring” could reenergize U.S. manufacturing

As director of Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute, Bill Martin has an up-close familiarity with the American “reshoring” trend, especially its implications for furniture manufacturing in Mississippi. He’s not convinced the trend of factories leaving China to return to the United States has arrived in Mississippi, but change is under way and the Magnolia […] [...]

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