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C Spire opens prototype facility in Starkville; Clinton is next

C Spire today announced the grand opening of its new 3,000 square foot prototype retail store in Starkville. The new store, located at 337 Highway 12 West in Starkville, features C Spire’s latest open floor plan design, wireless devices, feature and smart phones and accessories, as well as the company’s industry-leading personalization program, which gives customers apps and content that ...

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Clarksdale’s Saf-T-Cart having growth spurt, adding 20 jobs

Saf-T-Cart, manufacturer of steel welding carts that transport and store oxygen and acetylene tanks, is expanding in Clarksdale to meet production demands. The company of 55 workers will add 20 workers with the expansion. The project represents a company investment of $240,000 as well as $300,000 in Mississippi Development Authority-sponsored Community Development Block Grant (CBG) funds for improvements to the ...

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State's $75M loan promise positions Virdia for biofuel site search

With the promise of a $75 million loan from the Mississippi Development Authority in hand, Redwood City, Calif.-based Virdia is ready to begin scouting for a site to convert the state’s soft pine into sugars for biofuel makers. The one certainty about the plant’s location is that it will be near an ample supply of pine and must produce at ...

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Beneke’s acquisition of Sanderson Plumbing Products saves 400 jobs

In a move that ensures Sanderson Plumbing Products Inc. will remain in Columbus and keep its 400-person workforce intact, Beneke Magnolia Inc. has acquired the 110-year-old maker of toilet seats. The Mississippi Development Authority provided the locally-owned Beneke Magnolia a $2.5 million loan to assist with the acquisition. The MDA made the loan through its Existing Industry Loan Program. The ...

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Foreign car makers getting dragged into fray over immigration

The Mississippi Legislature’s expected approval of a stringent anti-immigration law that easily passed the state House Wednesday night could become causes of concern in the Tokyo board rooms of Toyota and Nissan, which have manufacturing plants in Mississippi. This is because the foreign car manufacturers can expect pressure from groups questioning the companies’ silence on the issue in Mississippi at ...

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Mississippi jobless rate 9.9 percent for January

Mississippi’s job picture continued to be a bleak one through January, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Securities, which put the adjusted rate at 9.9 percent. All but 21 of the state’s 81 counties reported double-digit unemployment, with Holmes County continuing to have the highest rate of jobless residents at 18 percent, followed by Tunica and Clay counties at ...

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Hope Credit Union making Utica stay permanent

Utica residents will soon be banking at a familiar location – the former BancorpSouth building at 106 W. Main St. BancorpSouth left the Hinds County town last August as part of a branch reorganization that involved closing 23 locations. Hope Credit Union (HOPE) stepped in soon after and set up account-opening services in City Hall before later moving to a ...

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Abandoned sites in Gulfport, Canton added to Superfund list

Two closed manufacturing sites in Mississippi have been added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund list. Chemfax Inc. was a manufacturer of synthetic resins and waxes in Gulfport. Southeastern Wood Preserving was a wood treating operation in Canton. They are among four new Superfund sites the EPA announced Tuesday. The others are in Florida and North Carolina. The EPA’s Superfund ...

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