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Latest failure from Barbour years: Stion to shut down plant in Hattiesburg

By JACK WEATHERLY Stion Corp., the solar panel maker in Hattiesburg, will shut down, the company said in a letter. The San Jose, Calif.-based company’s Hattiesburg facility has been operating since 2012, said in the letter it would “discontinue operations,” Greentech Media, an industry publication, reported on Monday. Stion was one of five alternative-energy projects begun during the administration of Gov. ...

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Toyota to celebrate 10 Years in Mississippi

Toyota’s facility in Blue Springs will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a ‘Back Porch Blues’ concert on Nov. 4. “The progress our team members have made over the past 10 years has been amazing,” Vice President of Administration Mike Botkin said in a release. “Their commitment to quality and safety, plus the unwavering support we have received from the community, ...

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Corinth Coca-Cola completes latest expansion

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Works Inc. has completed its territory expansion into central and northeast Arkansas and the Missouri Bootheel. The family-owned Coca-Cola bottling and distribution company’s expanded territory includes Jonesboro, Paragould, Blytheville, Osceola, Batesville, Newport, Searcy and Heber Springs in Arkansas; and Kennett, Caruthersvill, and Malden in Missouri. This is the third expansion for ...

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MMA, national group are part of new digital marketplace

Special to the MBJ The Mississippi Manufacturers Association and the National Association of Manufacturers, the largest manufacturing trade association in the United States, recently announced the debut of the Manufacturers Marketplace, a first-of-its-kind digital marketplace featuring interactive listings and detailed information on more than 300,000 leading U.S. manufacturers, including 2,500 in Mississippi. “The Manufacturers Marketplace is a valuable tool for ...

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Mississippi shipyard to fix destroyer hit in June collision

A U.S. Navy destroyer damaged in a June collision that killed seven sailors will be repaired at a Mississippi shipyard, the Navy announced Wednesday. The USS Fitzgerald will be transported to Pascagoula for work at Ingalls Shipbuilding, part of Huntington Ingalls Industries of Newport News, Virginia. Naval Sea Systems Command said it doesn’t know when work will start, how long ...

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John McKay named Executive Vice President of Mississippi Manufacturers Association

John McKay has been named Executive Vice President of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association. McKay will have the responsibility of overseeing many of MMA’s core functions. This will include government affairs, membership services, and communications, as well as special projects critical to the advancement of manufacturing in the state of Mississippi. In his previous role as Deputy Director of Government Affairs, ...

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On the short list: 11 states vying for Toyota-Mazda plant

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Whether Mississippi is the leading contender for an automotive assembly plant jointly operated by Toyota and Mazda is the $1.6 billion question. The two Japanese automakers said earlier this month they plan to build the plant, which will build the Toyota Corolla and future Mazda crossover vehicles, by 2021. The facility, which requires at ...

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Armstrong Flooring to close Mississippi plant, laying off 93

Armstrong Flooring will close its Mississippi plant in October, laying off 93 workers. The company, based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, says closing the Vicksburg plant and one in Jackson, Tennessee, will save it more than $8 million a year. Armstrong cites declining sales, and says improved productivity among factories means customers can be served from fewer plants. The Vicksburg plant produced ...

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Mississippi seen as contender for Toyota-Mazda plant

By JACK WEATHERLY The same day that workers at the Nissan North America plant in Canton voted strongly against unionizing, another Japanese automaker with Mississippi ties, Toyota, announced it would team up with Mazda Motor Corp. to build another assembly plant in the South. A vote to join the United Auto Workers union would have sent a message to foreign automakers, which ...

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Nissan workers reject effort by UAW to organize plant

Workers at the Nissan assembly plant in Canton have rejected union representation, adding to decades of futility by United Auto Workers organizers at foreign-owned auto plants in the South. A spokeswoman for Nissan Motor Co. said late Friday that the union lost a pivotal vote by 3,700 eligible workers. Nissan says the final vote total was 2,244 to 1,307. The ...

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