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Nissan invests $170m at assembly plants to make new Altima

Nissan has announced a $170 million investment at assembly plants in Tennessee and Mississippi to produce the 2019 Altima sedan. Nissan North America made the announcement Thursday at its facility in Smyrna, Tennessee, where the company celebrated the start of production of the car’s sixth generation. The $170 million investment was used to upgrade its plants in Smyrna and Canton, ...

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Mississippi’s senators say award to help city buy airport

Mississippi’s senators say the City of Olive Branch has received a $14.9 million federal grant to help with the purchase of the Olive Branch Airport. U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, in a news release Thursday, said the city will become the airfield’s primary operator. It’s been in operation since 1972, and the purchase guarantees the continued operations of ...

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Wise Carter hosts Focus on Jackson series

Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A.  recently hosted the third event in the Focus on Jackson series titled, “The Economic Impact of Downtown Jackson Colleges.” The event featured a panel discussion by Dr. Roger Parrott, President of Belhaven University, Dr. William Bynum, Jr., President of Jackson State University, Dr. Robert Pearigen, President of Millsaps College, and was moderated by Maggie ...

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Show fountain will be focal point of Renaissance phase 2

By MBJ STAFF A show fountain will be the centerpiece and gathering place for the second phase of the Renaissance at Colony Park. “This will be the first retail show fountain of this magnitude in the state of Mississippi,” said J. Wickham Zimmerman, chief executive officer of Outside the Lines, the designer and builder. “The property co-owner and developer, The ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — predictions and outcomes

PHIL HARDWICK Ten years ago I wrote a column in which I offered 10 things that I believe will shape the future of housing and communities. It’s time for a checkup. 1. (Prediction) Increased use of technology in houses – Energy management, security, mood settings and efficient use of all things mechanical and electrical in our houses has been around ...

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Bradley’s Wendy Mullins appointed Chairman of Madison County Business League & Foundation Entrepreneurship Committee

Wendy Mullins Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP  announced that Wendy R. Mullins, counsel in the firm’s Jackson office, has been appointed chairman of the Madison County Business League & Foundation Entrepreneurship Committee. “We congratulate Wendy on her appointment to this leadership role,” said Bradley Jackson Office Managing Partner Margaret Oertling Cupples. “We are proud of her commitment to service and ...

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Greg Word joins VisionFirst Advisors team as senior consultant

Greg Word Gray Swoope, CEO and founder of the economic development consulting firm VisionFirst Advisors, LLC., has announced that Greg Word will join VisionFirst as senior consultant Sept. 4. VisionFirst, a subsidiary of Butler Snow LLP, is a customer-driven consulting firm that develops strategy, solves problems and delivers results while mitigating risks and barriers. This expansion supports the company’s growth ...

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Australian firm to invest $20 million in Greenville plant, create 68 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Crop protection company Nufarm Limited has purchased a 104,000-square-foot plant from the city of Greenville as part of a $20 million investment that will create 68 jobs over the next four years. Headquartered in Australia, Nufarm is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of herrbicides and pesticides and specialtyseeds. The company will be located in the former ...

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Mississippi Power closing all but 3 offices

Mississippi Power says it is closing most of its customer service offices by October. Mississippi Power spokesman Jeff Shepard told news outlets says the decision to close the offices by Oct. 8 comes after studying the number of people using the offices, as well as how customers use online and telephone apps. He says more than 60 percent of customers ...

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Aplós opens in Highland Village

By JACK WEATHERLY Alex Eaton says the cuisine at his Manship Wood-Fired Kitchen, opened in October 2013, is “Mediterranean with Southern roots.” The latest restaurant opened Aug. 6 by Eaton and business partner Steven O’Neill is simply Mediterranean. The name of the restaurant, Aplós, is Greek for “simple.” That’s because of a distillation of all those cultural influences, says Eaton, ...

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