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Sheet metal fabricator adds 10 jobs in $3 million expansion

A sheet-metal fabricator is expanding in northeast Mississippi. Hawkeye Industries built a new $3 million building at its Tupelo facility and plans to begin production this month. The company plans to add 10 employees to its current 30. The company said Tuesday that it’s growing because of increased demand and also expanding into processing tubing for the first time. Mississippi ...

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Yokohama tire plant fires 29 for fake work certificates

A Mississippi tire factory says it has fired 29 employees for using fake worker certifications to get jobs. The unit Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. tells WCBI-TV that the workers didn’t meet requirements to get a job at the West Point plant. The Japanese company says it’s investigating and has created safeguards to prevent it from happening again. The workers obtained fraudulent certificates ...

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Yokohama off and running for Clay County

By NASH NUNNERY Nearly three years ago, Yokohama Tire Corp. president Hikomitsu Noji compared his company’s relationship with Mississippi to “a marriage…and we are proud parents of our first child.” That “child”, officially known as Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi, is now a toddler. The $300 million commercial tire manufacturing facility, built on a 570-acre site carved out of pasture land ...

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Continental Tire selects three Hinds students for internship program

Continental Tire has chosen three Hinds Community College students for its 2018 Maintenance Technician Internship Program, a summer training program at Continental Tire‘s plant in Mt. Vernon, Ill., and receive scholarships. Students are, from left, Dontrae‘on J. Gales of Fayette, Ty Treubel of Vicksburg, and Zachary Spell of Madison. The interns will be placed with Continental Tire maintenance and engineering ...

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Taylor Machine Works promotes McAdory, Hollenhead

Taylor Machine Works Inc., based in Louisville, recently promoted Paul McAdory to Quality Control Manager. McAdory has been a part of the Taylor team for over 30 years. He worked his way up from the shop floor to the position of Production Supervisor Materials Handling, which he held for the last 22 years. As a result of McAdory’s move, the ...

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New owner of Vicksburg lumber mill to reopen, hire 125

By JACK WEATHERLY Vicksburg Forest Products is reopening a lumber mill in Vicksburg it purchased from Anderson-Tully Co. in March. After significant upgrades and modifications are complete, the multi-million dollar corporate investment will create 125 jobs and expects to begin operations late next month, according to news release from the governor’s office. Anderson-Tully, which had operated in Vicksburg since 1889, ...

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Report: Mississippi gets a B for manufacturing

Mississippi receives a “B+” for manufacturing in a new report from Ball State University. Mississippi improved from “C+” to “B” in its Benefits Costs grade. The state declined from “D” to “F” in Liability Gap. Mississippi maintained grade of “A” in Diversification, “B+” in Manufacturing , “C+” in Tax Climate, “C” in Logistics and Global Position, and “F” in Human ...

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Hago Automotive adding 60 jobs to Iuka facility

IUKA – Germany-based automotive supplier Hago Automotive is doubling its footprint to accommodate a new contract with BMW and adding 60 jobs over the next four years. The company, which opened the plant in 2016, is investing $4 million in new equipment. Construction will begin this summer and is expected to be completed by spring 2019. “This expansion illustrates to ...

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Southern Motion agrees to acquire Fusion Furniture

A producer of upholstered motion furniture that has several facilities in Mississippi has agreed to acquire Fusion Furniture Inc. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported Tuesday that Southern Motion Inc. and Fusion will employee more than 2,000 workers, with more than 2 million square feet (19 million square meters) of owned domestic manufacturing facilities. Southern Motion President and CEO Roger Bland says ...

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Trump to push steel, aluminum tariffs on EU, Canada and Mexico

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Thursday it will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, Mexico and Canada after failing to win concessions from the American allies. The decision could provoke retaliatory penalties and exacerbate trans-Atlantic and North American trade tensions. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the tariffs would be 25 percent on steel and 10 percent ...

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