Comfort Revolution plant having grand opening Monday in Belmont

 

Sleep products producer Comfort Revolution will officially open its nearly half-million square-foot Belmont plant in Tishomingo County Monday with a 10 a.m. grand opening ceremony.

West Long Branch, N.J.-based Comfort Revolution expects to employ about 200 workers over the next three years. The operation, housed in a renovated 432,650 square-foot building at 9 Industrial Park Drive, is the company’s first U.S. factory. The building is former Schnadig Furniture upholstery plant.

“We’ve wanted for a long time to produce products in the United States, and we’re eager to get started,” said Comfort Revolution founder and CEO Michael Fux in the company’s early September announcement of the Belmont plant..

It will feature modern equipment including robotic technology, officials said. The plant will make Comfort Revolution products, consisting of mattresses, mattress toppers and pillows using memory foam and the company’s Hydraluxe gel technology, as well as some Sealy-branded products.

Sealy became a partner with Comfort Revolution earlier this year, acquiring a non-controlling interest in the company, Furniture Today reports.

 

 

Jindal wants to nix Louisiana’s personal, corporate income taxes

Here’s an idea that Mississippi’s wage earners and corporate CEOs might like to see exported to here from Louisiana: Ending individual and corporate income taxes.

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said on Thursday he wants to eliminate all Louisiana personal and corporate income taxes to simplify the state’s tax code and make it more friendly to business.

The governor did not release details of his proposal, but his office released a statement confirming that the taxes are targets of a broader tax reform plan.

“Our goal is to eliminate all personal income tax and all corporate income tax in a revenue neutral manner,” Jindal said in the statement.

He did not confirm reports that he will seek an increase in sales taxes in order to offset lost income tax revenue, but said: “We want to keep the sales tax as low and flat as possible.”

Read the Reuters’ story.

(UPDATE) Thoughts on BP spammer e-mails

With so many companies and individuals getting on the BP claims bandwagon its little wonder that the story has become a “Gangnam Style” meme for the business world. Its like “Linsanity” with plaintiffs. The turgid call for more BP claims is even making the email rounds. Supposedly, anyone can get a free claim case review and know back in five days.

Careful what you click for…

Careful what you click for...

Careful what you click for…

Not so fast. One email from BPClaims.org with the subject line “BP Claims Notifications” is actually embedded with links leading to vpweb.com, an Internet marketing blog that appears to claim affiliation with Vistaprint, a publicly traded printing company.

Oh, and the BPClaims site itself? While claiming to be the “#1 BP Claims Site” an ominous banner at the top of the page reads, “This is not the official court authorized website.”

The real site for BP claims is www.deepwaterhorizonsettlements.com. Better yet, just call their listed number (866) 992-6174.

Always use extra caution when checking your inbox. If you get an email that looks suspicious (or even legitimate) asking you to “click here” you can always hover your mouse over the link to see where it actually goes. If you are using a smartphone or tablet then I’d be careful because if you touch the link it will probably connect anyway.

Phony emails can always be full of destructive malware or slimy spamming software so at the very least double check the links before wasting your time or giving your computer a nasty virus.

>>UPDATE

A blogger named Bill posted the following this morning on BPClaims.org.

BPCLAIMS.org staff just heard we are bulked in with some BPClaims phony sites via some news site.  We are not even in the least a phony site.  Our moral obligation has, and always will be, to the people and businesses that were hurt by the Oil Spill.

We have taken pot shots from all over and what we have determined is that when you are actually out to help people and expose the truth; this stuff happens.  Did we get an offer in 5 days?  Yes we did.  Do we fight our asses off for people? You bet ya.  Even folks that are not engaged with us.  Is the 5 day offer the  the norm?  Unfortunately, no.

We will continue to fight the good fight, we will continue to fight for peoples rights and we will  never stop.

To whoever is out there  to discredit us, I invite you to our office, anytime any day.

We are here for the people…always have been,  always will be.  We are not aligned with any specific law firms or processing groups, but absolutely help a ton of them better understand what is going on and how to help people.  We have one goal in mind and that’s to get people paid.  We have never received one dime from a client that did not receive a settlement themselves.

10 Mississippi non-profits getting boost from Women’s Fund

 

 

The Women’s Fund of Mississippi is marking its first decade by investing $346,000 in 10 nonprofits across Mississippi for programs that support programs that support women and girls.

 

In announcing the 2013 grants, the Jackson-based Women’s Fund said the awards will help provide young women across the state with access to teen-oriented health services, gain financial literacy to build savings accounts and explore career options in such fields as nursing and law.

through grants awarded by the Women’s Fund of

 

Each organization will receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $41,000 to continue efforts that enhance the economic security of women and girls across the state.

 

Since its formation, the Women’s Fund has invested more than $1 million in Mississippi nonprofits to advance social change and economic self-sufficiency through advocacy and strategic grant-making. This milestone is extremely important because less than 7 percent of philanthropic dollars nationwide go to programs that support women and girls, the organization says.

“The Fund’s 10th anniversary grantees represent organizations that are demonstrating transformative impact and who share in our mission—to improve the lives of women and girls in Mississippi.” said Carol Penick, executive director of the Women’s Fund.

The Women’s Fund is using the 10-year anniversary to emphasize its continued commitment to funding organizations and programs across five focus areas: access to evidence-based sex education, access to youth-friendly health services, access to youth leadership programs, and access to financial literacy and job training programs.

 

The 10 nonprofit organizations receiving grants are:

 

•Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc., will increase youth-friendly health services at Hattiesburg High School campus and community clinics. – $ 15,000

•University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing: Midtown Teen Wellness Center at UNACARE, will provide metro Jackson high school students access to primary and preventive health care. – $41,000

•Mississippi First: Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (C.H.A.R.T), will continue statewide advocacy to implement evidence-based, medically accurate comprehensive sex education in all school districts. – $10,000

•Southern Bancorp Community Partners: Asset Builders Campaign, Coahoma County, will provide credit counseling, financial education, and other asset building services to primarily single working mothers. – $40,000

•CLIMB Community Development Corporation: Workforce Training Institute, Gulfport, will offer job training and personal development programs with evidence-based sex education to improve knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of at-risk women, ages 16 to 19. – $40,000

•Mississippi Council on Economic Education: IDA Program, will use grant funds to provide financial literacy education and successful creation of individual development accounts (IDAs) for 15 young women attending Lanier High School, Jackson. Funds in accounts will be used for post-secondary education expenses. – $40,000

•Mississippi Center for Justice: Fair Lending Campaign, will recruit employers and financial institutions statewide to create new small dollar loan products with reasonable terms that low-wealth women can access through their jobs. – $40,000

•Institute of Southern Jewish Life: Talk About the Problems (T.A.P.), will provide leadership development training for middle school students to help resolve conflicts peacefully. This project will also expose young women to the legal field as a career path. – $40,000

•Sunflower County Freedom Project: Freedom Fellowship, will provide core academics, arts enrichment, health, educational travel, and character development for at-risk youth. – $40,000

•Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce: MS Delta Funding Collaborative, will enhance its multi-dimensional approach to attract diverse, disadvantaged, low income women into health care careers by providing opportunities for career development. – $40,000