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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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UWA sustains blow as Chattanooga’s VW workers reject union by 86 votes

February 14, 2014

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Volkswagen’s Chattanooga employees have spurned the United Auto Workers, rejecting two years of wooing by the Detroit-based union in a vote of 712 to 626, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. The vote count came late Friday after three days of balloting by VW workers in the National Labor Relations Board-supervised election. Some experts said […]

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Caterpillar adding 30 jobs in Corith for C175 engine refurbishings

February 14, 2014

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Caterpillar Inc.’s Corinth plant is expanding to produce C175 remanufactured engines. The project represents a corporate investment of $14.8 million and will create 30 jobs. The Corinth plant is Caterpillar’s lead facility for large engine remanufacturing worldwide. The C175 engines are used in Caterpillar’s mining trucks and electric power applications. The company Friday unveiled the […]

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MDA selects nine industrial sites for matching development grants

February 13, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi Development Authority has awarded nine site development grants to economic development entities throughout the state. The matching grant program assists nonprofit economic development organizations or local governments in preparing available greenfield sites for industrial development. The program is open to all economic development organizations and units of local government. The […]

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Competitor of Miss. Silcon wants new review of Burnsville plant’s emissions permit

February 12, 2014

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SELMA, Alabama – An Alabama competitor of Mississippi Silicon Metals LLC has filed a petition to challenge the Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit granted for the company’s $200 million “greenfield” plant in Tishomingo County’s Burnsville. Globe Metallurgical, Inc. (GMI), which employs about 100 people at its silicon metal plant in Selma, filed the petition. GMI is […]

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Sales of Misssissippi-made Nissan vehicles jump in January

February 3, 2014

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U.S. sales for Nissan jumped 11.8 percent from January 2013 to January 2014, a trend that was very much reflected in sales of vehicles produced at the Nissan plant in Canton. Please see release on January U.S. sales numbers below. Mississippi-built product highlights included: — Sales of the Nissan Frontier pickup rose 87.9 percent to […]

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New Belgium Brewing brands available in Mississippi March 3

January 31, 2014

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New Belgium Brewing will make Mississippi its 37th state of distribution on March 3, according to a news release from the Fort Collins, Colo.-based brewer. Brands immediately available will include Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Shift, Trippel, 1554, Summer Helles and some Lips of Faith brands. Wholesale partners across the state include: -Capital City […]

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