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Some of 840 Ashley jobs coming to Mississippi

By DENNIS SEID Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Ashley Furniture Industries is laying off 840 workers at its manufacturing plant in Colton, California, and shifting production to plants in North Carolina, Mississippi and Wisconsin. Already one of the largest private employers in Northeast Mississippi, Ashley employs some 4,000 workers at its plants in Ecru, Ripley and Verona. The company says the ...

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Mississippi Golden Triangle has large new industrial site

Economic development officials are promoting a new industrial site in the Golden Triangle area of eastern Mississippi. Golden Triangle Development LINK and the Tennessee Valley Authority on Friday unveiled the new 1,144-acre Infinity Megasite, which is west of GTR Regional Airport. It is the third megasite in Lowndes County, the Commercial Dispatch reports. Megasites are large parcels of land designed ...

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First Chiquita ship rolls into State Port

It was an evening of firsts on the West Pier of the State Port of Gulfport. The Sun Herald reports the first Chiquita ship rolled in Monday almost two years after the fruit company severed its 40-year tenancy at the port for a berth in New Orleans. Chiquita will be the first use of the state port’s new cranes that ...

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French official visits Mississippi to push for unionizing Nissan

Associated Press A French parliamentarian is visiting Mississippi as part of an effort to pressure Nissan Motor Co. to allow workers at its Canton plant to organize a union. Christian Hutin, deputy chairman of the Social Affairs Commission of the French National Assembly, met Tuesday with workers, lawmakers and other supporters of the United Autoworkers efforts to unionize the plant’s 6,200 ...

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A NEW ERA AT VIKING — Kitchen appliance veteran Kevin Brown to oversee Greenwood plant

By TED CARTER A kitchen appliances executive whose background includes working the assembly line at Oxford’s Whirlpool plant is the new head of revamped Viking Ranges in Greenwood. Kevin Brown, a University of Mississippi electrical engineering graduate who started with Viking in 2007, joined with a team of Middleby Corp. executives in 2013 to transform the products line of the ultra-premium ...

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Tupelo Furniture Market goes ‘soft’ to strengthen its position

By JACK WEATHERLY Northeast Mississippi is known as the upholstered-furniture capital of the United States. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it is playing the “soft” card as it seeks to further distinguish itself from other furniture centers – especially High Point, N.C. Forty-four mattress and box spring makers will be on hand for the semi-annual Tupelo Furniture ...

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Countertop maker to open Lee County plant

AIA Countertops, a division of Patrick Industries Inc., is opening operations in Baldwyn in Lee County, investing $600,000 and creating 60 jobs. AIA will be located in an existing 110,000-square-foot building in the Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Complex. The building was previously occupied by Fairfield Distribution. Elkhart, Ind.-based Patrick Industries describes itself as the leading manufacturer of building products and materials to ...

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Viking Range owner sues founder Carl, others for $100 million

By JACK WEATHERLY  Viking Range Corp. founder Fred E. Carl Jr. and other former top officers of the Greenwood-based company have been sued for $100 million for allegedly not disclosing a design defect that caused the company’s stoves to turn on by themselves. Middleby Corp. of Elgin, Ill., which bought Viking Range in 2013 for $380 million, and Viking say ...

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Owner selects Viking leader from within

By JACK WEATHERLY  Promoting from within has always been a way to build esprit de corps in the corporate world. But selecting Kevin Brown as president of Viking Range stands to double the positive effects. Brown will be responsible for the overall operations, sales and engineering initiatives at Greenwood-based Viking Range, according to a release from the Middleby Corp., which ...

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Port of Gulfport stayed in touch with Chiquita, director says

By JACK WEATHERLY Chiquita never made a clean break with the Port of Gulfport. And the Port never lost touch with the importer of bananas and pineapples during its 30-month absence. And so insiders were not surprised when they announced last week they were getting back together – but quick. Chiquita and the port plan to make the relationship a ...

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