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Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership annual meeting is Wednesday

January 27, 2015

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The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership (GJCP) will host its 2014 annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. 6to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Jackson Convention Complex. Investors, volunteers and the general public will receive updates on the progress of the Partnership’s recent strategic plan initiatives for the Greater Jackson area.  Chairman Andy Taggart, Chairman-Elect David Gates and […]

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Shipbuilders say McCain measure threatens Gulf shipyard jobs

January 20, 2015

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A proposed amendment by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to the Keystone XL pipeline bill poses a huge threat to Gulf Coast shipbuilding industry and the $15 billion economic punch the shipyards provide, the Shipbuilders Council of America and American Maritime Partnership say. The amendment proposes to eliminate the existing requirement that vessels operating exclusively in […]

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Fed’s Atlanta district reports employers switching to hiring mode

January 14, 2015

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Reluctance to add workers is waning across the South, the Atlanta Fed reports.

Demand for workers has increased throughout the Atlanta Federal Reserve District in recent weeks, the Federal Reserve reported in the Jan. 14 Beige Book. Published several times a year, the Beige Book provides assessments of economic conditions in the nation’s 12 Fed districts. Beige Book information is gathered from a network of business sources in […]

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Survey of business & political leaders shows dismal assessment of roads, bridges

January 8, 2015

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Electronic voting by about 150 business and political leaders Thursday showed that eight out of 10 of those surveyed rank repairs and maintenance of Mississippi’s highways and bridges above all other transportation infrastructure needs. Roads and bridge repairs and upkeep won out over such pursuits as expanding the state’s highway system and upgrading airports and […]

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Ingalls-built Amphibious Assault Ship ‘America’ sails away Thursday

July 8, 2014

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Special to the MBJ The newly completed amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) will sail away from Ingalls Shipbuilding at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, destined for the West Coast and its Oct. 11 commissioning ceremony in San Francisco. Sailors will “man the rails” in their Navy whites when the ship departs. LHA 6 is the first […]

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MDA grants KiOR forbearance after biofuels maker defaults on payment

July 3, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Mississippi — In a sign that biofuel maker KiOR Inc.’s money troubles aren’t letting up, the start-up company will make a $250,000 forbearance payment to the Mississippi Development Authority in exchange for 120 days to get current on its nearly $70 million debt to the MDA. KiOR defaulted on a $1.87 million payment that was […]

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UPDATED: Cherokee Brick & Tile to restart Tri-State plant

June 27, 2014

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  Brick and tile manufacturing is set to resume by the end of the year at the dormant Tri-State Brick and Tile plant under new owners who see Jackson as a gateway to reaching an additional 30 percent of  the U.S. market. Cherokee Brick & Tile, a Macon, Ga., family-owned maker of brick and tile […]

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ITW TrueSteel to open plant in Pontotoc

June 27, 2014

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Mississippi’s manufacturing community is adding a new name. ITW TrusSteel is opening a new 150,000-square-foot roll-forming and distribution facility in Pontotoc in north Mississippi. Kevin Viravec, ITW Building Components Group vice president and general manager, says in a news release the factory will begin operating in the fourth quarter of 2014 and initially employ about […]

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Ayrshire announces third expansion of Corinth plant

June 24, 2014

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An electronics manufacturer that bought a plant earmarked for closing six years ago is expanding again. Ayrshire Electronics, a full-service electronics manufacturing company, is expanding operations at its facility in Corinth to accommodate an increase in production. The project represents a $100,000 corporate investment and will create 25 new jobs. In 2008, Louisville, Ky.-based Ayrshire […]

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CRAWFORD: A clear choice on Tuesday

June 19, 2014

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By Bill Crawford So, on Tuesday we get a clear choice. We can pick the candidate who wants to save America from Thad Cochran, or the candidate who wants to save Mississippi from Chris McDaniel. To hear McDaniel and his Tea Party cronies tell it, Cochran is joined at the hip with Barack Obama and […]

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