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S.C., Georgia reported atop Volvo’s list for new car plant

April 20, 2015

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An article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday said  Volvo Cars is down to South Carolina and another unnamed state for its planned $500 million factory. Reuters reported the short list Friday, citing unnamed individuals. The second state, people with knowledge of the situation have told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is Georgia. The two states, they have […]

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Mississippi economic index shows first rise since fall

April 17, 2015

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Components of the Mississippi Leading Index, or MLI, collectively rose 0.6 percent in February, the first increase since October, state economists report. The value of the index increased 3.9 percent from the previous February, according to the April issue of Mississippi’s Business, an economic monitoring newsletter published by the University Research Center, an arm of […]

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Cinema seating firm to add 50 jobs

April 14, 2015

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  MBJ staff Movie theater seating manufacturer VIP Cinema Seating is making a $2 million investment in its New Albany plant that will create 50 jobs, bringing employment to approximately 350, according to release from the Mississippi Development Authority on Tuesday.“We are pleased to be able to expand operations, and we appreciate all the support […]

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Mitchell Distributing expands to 32 Mississippi counties with Delta acquistion

April 5, 2015

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Meridian’s Mitchell Distributing has completed the geographic connection of its Mississippi markets through acquisition of Delta Distributing Co. of Greenwood, giving the Anheuser Busch distributor a presence in 32 counties in the Magnolia State. The acquisition gains  the family-owned beer distributorship Delta’s markets in Yalobusha, Grenada, Montgomery, Carroll and Leflore counties. “It is a strategic […]

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Southern Motion expanding in Baldwyn

April 2, 2015

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  Reclining furniture manufacturer Southern Motion is expanding operations at its facility in Baldwyn. The project represents a $600,000 investment and will create 60 jobs during the next 12 months, according to a release issued on Thursday. This expansion will bring employment at the facility to 235. Southern Motion also has operations in Pontotoc,  where […]

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Mississippi’s key economic indicators show slight strengthening

March 19, 2015

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The performance of Mississippi’s economy in 2015 may hinge on growth in building permits, retail trade and consumer confidence offsetting a slowdown in U.S. manufacturing attributed to a stronger dollar, lower oil prices and bad weather. So say Mississippi state economists in the March issue of Mississippi’s Business, a monthly report on the state’s economy […]

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Where ideas come to grow: Innovate Mississippi’s Startup Weekend is March 27-29

March 13, 2015

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Entrepreneurs and others with a great idea waiting to happen can pitcher their creations and receive assessments from their peers at the next Start’s Startup Weekend. The Mississippi College School of Law in downtown Jackson will host an Innovate Mississippi Startup Weekend from 8 a.m. March 27 to 5 p.m. March 29. The weekend event […]

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Report: Florida bans ‘climate change’ from use by state agencies

March 9, 2015

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Add “climate change” and “global warming” to terms that can get Florida government officials into hot water, the Miami Herald reports. At least that’s what former officials of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection say Gov. Rick Scott has set as official state policy. Scott, in an interview with the Miami Herald late Monday afternoon, […]

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Charleston, S.C., wins Daimler AG sweeptakes for Sprinter van plant

March 5, 2015

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The Charleston area appears to be 1,200 jobs closer to being recognized as a leading automotive center, the Charleston Post and Courier reports. While Daimler AG is not expected to announce its plan until Friday, insiders say it is primed to expand its North Charleston plant, which currently employs about 100 people and assembles Mercedes-Benz […]

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American Specialty Alloys won’t locate mill in Mississippi

February 21, 2015

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A metals manufacturer will locate in central Louisiana a proposed $1.2 billion aluminum mill that would hire 650 or more workers to supply aluminum for automobile bodies. American Specialty Alloys announced Friday in a news release that the site is a 1,200-acre mill complex formerly operated by International Paper in […]

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