Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Manufacturers Association’

Business community has questions about proposed highway tax

JACKSON — Business groups still aren’t ready to raise Mississippi’s taxes to repair and build highways and bridges. In August, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, proposed a $700 million menu of taxes and asked other members of a study committee examining road needs to offer their own alternative revenue and spending plans. Highway […] [...]

Transportation study group leader proposes $700M tax for roads, bridges

JACKSON — The leader of a Senate transportation study committee proposes the state should levy $700 million in new taxes to support road maintenance as well as some other non-transportation related projects. Sen. Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, said yesterday that the proposal, which would be the largest state tax increase in more than 20 years, is […] [...]

State board ensures college programs are meeting workforce needs

Seven years ago the State Workforce Investment Board was established with a mission to help ensure a viable, well-trained workforce for Mississippi. The board is made up of a diverse group representing the various private sectors and public entities, especially public education, and works in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Jay Moon, […] [...]

Highway revenue study committee to start work in May

One of the last things the Senate did before adjourning the first week of April was pass a resolution forming a committee to study revenues and expenditures deemed necessary to expand and maintain Mississippi’s highways. The committee will have 19 members, and its findings will be presented to the entire Legislature next session. Members have […] [...]

Moon leads Mississippi’s manufacturers

by Martin Willoughby Published: September 9,2012

Tags: Jay Moon, manufacturing, Mississippi Manufacturers Association

As the Presidential race heats up, we will continue to hear both candidates talk about a very important topic to Americans — jobs! Both candidates will try to convince voters about how they will help our economy grow more jobs. Closer to home, there are those who work on the front lines of keeping and […] [...]

MMA recognizes Showah

Willy Showah, precision manufacturing and machining technology instructor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) in Gautier, is the recipient of the 2012 Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) Award for Excellence in Vocational Education. Showah won largely because of his efforts to integrate MGCCC ‘s precision manufacturing and machining technology program with the National Institute for […] [...]

Trained workforce biggest challenge for state’s manufacturers

by Lynn Lofton Published: April 8,2012

Tags: Jay Moon, manufacturing, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, Nissan, Toyota

A report card on the state of manufacturing in Mississippi includes the following facts, according to Jay Moon, executive director of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association: Manufacturing is holding steady with 12 percent of the state’s workforce employed in that sector. For every direct job in manufacturing, there are another two or three jobs that support […] [...]

New faces in new places leave fate of inventory tax reform unclear

New legislative leadership does not necessarily guarantee easy victory for an old fight over inventory taxes. That’s something on which parties from both sides of the issue agree. Mississippi is one of nine states that still impose an inventory tax on its businesses. Arkansas is the only bordering state to still impose it, and Georgia […] [...]

McNeely named MMA chair

by MBJ Staff Published: November 20,2011

Tags: Greg McNeely, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, MMA

Greg McNeely of Clinton has been named 2011-2012 chairman of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association. McNeely is president and co-owner of McNeely Plastics Inc., in Clinton. McNeely has served on the MMA board of directors since 2002. He also serves on the board of directors of the Harbor House Chemical Dependency Center and is an active […] [...]

Bogus busting boost

Years ago when Jay Moon served as deputy director of the Mississippi Development Authority, he often accompanied Mississippi manufacturers on trade missions to foreign countries. These goods-makers would drop in on establishments there to check on how their products were being handled and marketed. Many times manufacturers were shocked at what they found. “Manufacturer would […] [...]

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