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Nissan to cut up to 700 contract workers in Mississippi

Nissan Motor Co. announced Thursday that it’s cutting up to 700 contract workers at its Mississippi assembly plant, citing slowing sales for vans and Titan pickup trucks that it makes there. The move follows Nissan’s December announcement that it’s cutting 1,000 jobs at two Mexican factories. Reports in May indicated the Japanese automaker would cut production by up to 20 ...

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Sanderson Championship scores a winner with a new date

By JACK WEATHERLY The Sanderson Farms Championship is on a roll. The championship played at the Country Club of Jackson will have a new date this year, Sept. 19-22, thus avoiding conflict with the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions held in China. That means the Sanderson tourney will be able to recruit top players who otherwise could be committed to the ...

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Madison County achieves certification as ACT Work Ready Community

The Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) announced that Madison County has met all criteria to become a certified ACT Work Ready Community. This achievement caps the two-year engagement process and begins a two-year growth and maintenance phase to retain certification. The ACT Work Ready Communities initiative is designed to assist a particular area, region or state in developing its ...

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Carothers tapped to join Mississippi Economic Development Council board

The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission (HCPHC) announced its Chief Development Officer, Janel L. Carothers, has been voted to the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) Board of Directors as director of District 8. Carothers, a 10-year veteran economic development professional, has been instrumental numerous industrial locations and expansions in South Mississippi. She has been an active member of MEDC ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Is Mississippi in its best financial shape ever?

State revenue collections are running ahead of target. The state rainy day fund and other reserves are full of cash. Agency budget cuts appear to be behind us. Pointing to all this, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said “Mississippi is in our best financial and fiscal shape in our history.” Speaker of the House Philip Gunn chimed in saying, “This is ...

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Hardware distributor closing, laying off workers

A Mississippi Delta hardware distributor is closing, laying off 54 people. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Hardware Distribution Warehouses, based in Marshall, Texas, is going out of business. The company has already terminated about half its employees, and will close once it liquidates its inventory. The company is also closing its headquarters and warehouse in Texas. General Manager Mary Stinson ...

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Wood pellet maker plans $200M investment in Mississippi

A company that makes wood pellets burned for fuel in overseas power plants is moving ahead with plans for a $140 million pellet mill and a $60 million ship-loading terminal on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Enviva LP spokeswoman Maria Moreno said Wednesday that the Maryland company signed agreements Monday with leaders in George and Jackson counties. The company won’t finalize ...

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EMBDC recognizes December ambassadors of the month

The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation recently presented its December ambassadors of the month awards. Honorees are, from left, Krilecia Gianakos, State Games of Mississippi, red ticket drawing winner; Michelle Thames, MSU Riley Center, second place; Leah Hearn, Commercial Bank, first place; Lee Williams, Regions Bank, and Sonya Scarbrough (not pictured), BankPlus, third place tie. (Courtesy of EMBDC)

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Mississippi businesses ask for focus on worker training

Mississippi lawmakers and officials tell business leaders they’re hearing their concerns about needing more and better-educated workers, touting efforts to improve child care and produce more high school graduates. The Mississippi Economic Council, the state’s chamber of commerce, says it’s making workforce development one of its main priorities in this year’s Legislature. The council met Thursday in Jackson for its ...

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Ritchey breaking ground on dealerships

By JACK WEATHERLY Ritchey Automotive scheduled a ground-breaking for Thursday at 11 a.m. for a $15 million facility that will be home for two dealerships – Audi Jackson and Jaguar/Land Rover Jackson – on Interstate 55 in Ridgeland. The group announced early last year that it was relocating the franchises from 5320 I-55 in Jackson. Joe Usry, Ritchey general manager, ...

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