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New economic development director in Madison County ‘a tremendous hire’

By BECKY GILLETTE Joseph P. Deason plans to take some of the best tactics learned working for General Motors (GM)-Delphi for 17 years, serving as chief financial officer of the Mississippi Development Authority for four years and his past four and one-half years as chief operating officer for the Golden Triangle Development LINK to his role as the new executive ...

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MCEDA names Joseph Deason as Executive Director

The Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) Board of Directors recently selected Joseph (Joey) Deason as the organization’s new executive director. Deason assumes the position from Ken Oilschlager who has been serving as Interim Director over the last year. Deason previously spent four years as the Chief Operating Officer at the Golden Triangle Development Link where he was integral in ...

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SMW Manufacturing acquires Caterpillar operations in Lafayette County

SMW Manufacturing is taking over operations at the former Caterpillar facility in Lafayette County. The company plans to invest in excess of $15 million and hire up to 50 employees, comprised of predominantly former Caterpillar employees, by the end of 2018. “I am pleased to welcome SMW to Mississippi and appreciate the company for utilizing the skills of the facility’s ...

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50 Years of Krispy Kreme in Mississippi

By JULIA MILLER For 50 years, the sweet taste of Krispy Kreme doughnuts has infiltrated Mississippi to create warm memories and long-lasting traditions, and the Dorgan family is making sure to celebrate with all their loyal customers. On Saturday, a family-friendly and free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. by Krispy Kreme locations in Columbus, Gulfport, ...

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Mitchell Distributing expands to coast market

By ALEXIS WILLIAMS October marks one year since one of Mississippi’s largest beer distributors acquired Rex Distributing, the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s former Anheuser-Busch distributor, creating Mitchell Beverage Gulf Coast. After the acquisition of Rex, Meridian-based Mitchell grew its presence in the state and brought total counties they serve to 37, including the three coastal counties of Harrison, Hancock and Jackson ...

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Vicksburg couple gains exposure and a partner during visit to Shark Tank

By NASH NUNNERY It’s been said that most aspiring entrepreneurs live their fears and not their dreams. Not Juli and Richard Rhett. The Vicksburg couple turned Richard’s desire to improve outdoor camping gear and help solve the world’s water crisis into Sierra Madre Research and a coveted appearance on ABC-TV’s hit series Shark Tank Oct. 1. The Rhetts’ appearance was ...

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Demand high for staffing services in Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE Demand is high for workers placed by staffing firms. Mississippi firms providing temporary staffing services are reporting business is up due to a variety of different factors. “We are extremely busy right now,” said Carolyn Boteler, owner and president of TempStaff in Jackson. “One of the major factors affecting us is the low unemployment rate. That affects ...

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Raw Furniture is more than a store for couple

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal They live in a barn. They work out of a barn. And their business is a converted barn. So when Andrea and Michael Gibson say, “From our barn to yours,” they aren’t kidding. The owners of Raw Furniture Co. in Tupelo, the Gibsons are a couple perfectly matched for each other. He’s the dreamer; ...

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Tupelo airport narrows choice to two airlines

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal While Contour Airlines has proven it can provide reliable and affordable service flying passengers between Tupelo and Nashville – and as some Tupelo Regional Airport officials admit it has “restored trust in the community” – that doesn’t necessarily mean Contour is a shoo-in to continue service. Contour is one of six airlines bidding to ...

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