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Nissan announces leadership changes

March 25, 2014

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Special to the MBJ Three changes at the Canton plant were among a number of leadership changes Nissan announced today within its North and Latin America operations. — Masaaki Imai, currently managing Deputy General Manager, Trim & Chassis Engineering, Nissan Motor Company, is named senior director, Manufacturing, with responsibility for New Model and Vehicle Production […]

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Whiskey rebellion looms in Tennessee over Jack Daniels’ protection law

March 20, 2014

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A year-long fight among state legislators over the definition of true Tennessee whiskey is spilling over to the international distilled spirits business, dividing both Tennessee’s powerful whiskey interests and multinational corporations battling for billions of dollars in global market share, the Washington Post reports. For more than a century, distillers around Tennessee have produced whiskey […]

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Toilet seat maker pitching potential buyers as shutdown looms

March 18, 2014

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A bankrupt toilet seat maker which a dozen years ago was Columbus’ largest manufacturing employer has told workers it will close at the end of April if it does not find a buyer by then. But that date announced by Sanderson Plumbing Products may not be as firm as it sounds, said Joe Max Higgins, […]

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State jobless rate falls to 7.5%, still trails national average by .9%

March 12, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2014 fell to 7.5 percent—the lowest the state has seen since November 2008, when the rate was also 7.5 percent. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures released Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security show . The BLS figures also show that in January 2014, […]

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Delta Furniture expansion to add 50 jobs

March 10, 2014

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PONTOTOC, Mississippi – Upholstered living room furniture manufacturer Delta Furniture Company is expanding operations at its Pontotoc, plant to accommodate an increase in production. The project represents a $520,000 corporate investment and will create 50 new jobs. This will be Delta Furniture’s second expansion in five years in Pontotoc. The Mississippi Development Authority help with […]

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GreenTech enters partnership with Saleen for sports cars

March 6, 2014

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WM GreenTech Automotive (GreenTech) is looking to put a little muscle into its energy-efficient vehicles. WM GreenTech Automotive, a U.S. automotive manufacturer dedicated to developing and producing environmentally friendly, energy-efficient vehicles, has entered a strategic partnership with Saleen Automotive, an American specialty manufacturer of high-performance sports vehicles. The partnership will combine GreenTech’s automobile resources with […]

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USM names Jeffrey Wiggins to head polymers & materials school

March 4, 2014

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University of Southern Mississippi Associate Professor Jeffrey Wiggins, inventor of a football helmet cushioning system, has been named the new director of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. For the past year Wiggins has served as the school’s interim director, filling a void left by longtime director Dr. Robert Lochhead, who relinquished the […]

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Tupelo plant receives 3 Airbus planes for disassembly

February 18, 2014

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TUPELO, Mississippi — Three aircraft have destined for disassembly and sale have arrived at the Universal Asset Management facility in Tupelo, according to a release from the Memphis-based firm. An Airbus A300 previously operated by Monarch Airlines, an Airbus A330 previously operated by Malaysia Airlines, and an Airbus A340 previously operated by Lufthansa will be […]

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MDEQ: Claim of incomplete permit review for silicon plant a ‘guise’ by competitor

February 17, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — The head of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says an Alabama silicon manufacturer’s claim the state agency erred in granting an operating permit to competitor Mississippi Silicon Metals lacks merit. Selma-based Alabama Globe Metallurgical Inc. has asked for a formal evidentiary hearing before the MDEQ’s Permit Board. Trudy Fisher, MDEQ executive […]

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Remington locked & loaded for announcement of Huntsville, Ala., factory

February 15, 2014

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Gunmaker Remington Outdoor Co. will soon announce plans to open a major manufacturing operation in Huntsville, according to multiple reports. Ty West, managing editor of the Birmingham Business Journal, reported Saturday on a story in Military Times that said Remington executives are expected to sign a deal on Monday to purchase a 500,000-square-foot facility in Huntsville. […]

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