Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Development Authority’

Biofuel manufacturer KiOR begins layoffs at Columbus plant

COLUMBUS — Biofuel maker KiOR is laying off employees as it idles its Mississippi refinery, intensifying questions about the future of the cash-strapped company. The company said yesterday that it has cut 18 employees. KiOR, based in Pasadena, Texas, said 55 employees remain at the Columbus plant. “Given the company’s limited cash flow, we do […] [...]

MEI tour aims at landing chemical manufacturers

JACKSON — The Mississippi Energy Institute, partnering with the Mississippi Development Authority and seven local economic development organizations, recently led a tour from the Gulf Coast to the Delta evaluating potential sites for chemical manufacturing facilities. The MEI-led tour signaled the start of a marketing effort the organization hopes will lead to chemical manufacturing companies […] [...]

Protesters possible at New York picnic over religious freedom law

NEW YORK — Opponents of a Mississippi law could be like ants at the state’s annual New York picnic. Those protesting the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which takes effect July 1, say it could sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians. Oxford chef John Currence and others will host a Big Gay Mississippi Welcome Table […] [...]

MDA to lead trade delegation to Southeast Asia

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development mission to Southeast Asia from Aug. 25-29. MDA officials say in a news release that the trip will include stops in the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. MDA executive director Brent Christensen says opportunities exist in the region for […] [...]

Amory boat maker expanding, adding 30 new jobs

AMORY — NauticStar will expand its Monroe County factory to build larger boats, adding 30 jobs. The recreational boat maker, which currently employs 130, announced its plans yesterday. The privately-owned 12-year-old company says it will invest $460,000 to add 20,000 square feet, connecting two buildings that currently total 160,000 square feet. NauticStar President Phil Faulkner […] [...]

MDA to lead business delegation to Israel

JACKSON — Representatives from the Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development mission to Israel in the fall. The Sept. 14-19 trip will focus on aerospace, defense and related industries and will include participation in the 5th Annual Israel Unmanned Systems 2014. MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen said […] [...]

Kemira unveils plans for plant expansion in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN — Global chemicals company Kemira is expanding its dry polymer manufacturing operations in Aberdeen. The project represents a corporate investment of $13.9 million and will create six direct jobs. “Kemira is very pleased with our recent acquisition of the Aberdeen site, and we are quickly implementing our first expansion project to our initial dry […] [...]

BRENT CHRISTENSEN — Entrepreneurs: A vital fuel for Mississippi’s Economy

If you surveyed a hundred people and asked them what economic development is, I’m confident you would receive nearly 100 different answers. While they may be varied, the answers will likely be correct, just not complete. As the state’s lead economic development organization, Mississippi Development Authority is a lot of things to a lot of […] [...]

IBC means numbers, positive image for state tourism

View the digital edition of ‘COME SEE US’ – The MBJ’s annual Meetings, Conventions and Tourism magazine (Spring 2014 edition) During two weeks in late June, dancers, instructors, and spectators from around the world will visit the state’s capital city for the International Ballet Competition, bringing their dollars and opinions of Mississippi with them. From […] [...]

Senate gives final approval of anti-union legislation

JACKSON — Bills that aim to restrict union organizing and picketing practices in Mississippi, as well as limit governments’ abilities to pressure employers to use unionized workers, are on their way to Gov. Phil Bryant. The Senate gave final passage yesterday to the three bills, on mostly party-line votes. Senate Bill 2473 would make it […] [...]

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