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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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Six Mississippi startups get a leg up with Wal-Mart

By JACK WEATHERLY  Six Mississippi startup companies went to Bentonville, Ark., last week, and all came back as certified suppliers for the international retailing giant. “The potential for these Mississippi startups is incredible,” said Tony Jeff, president and chief executive of Innovate Mississippi. Billy’s Original Foods is indeed a startup. “We just opened our manufacturing facility about a month ago,” ...

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Ingalls: Shipyard of the future

» Bond issues fund infrastructure and facility improvements By LISA MONTI Huntington-Ingalls Inc., America’s largest military shipbuilding company and Mississippi’s largest private employer, is entering the second year of its Shipyard of the Future initiative. This year, the Legislature approved a $45 million general obligation bond issue for Ingalls to go with previous issues. As in the past, the company will ...

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Mississippi foundations a rising tide that lifts all boats

By BECKY GILLETTE According to the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers (MAG) report for 2015, foundation giving in Mississippi has increased significantly from $55 million in 2001 to $91 million in 2012. Mississippi businesses are often involved either with foundations of their own or by supporting community foundations. Sammy Moon, coordinator of the association, said it is obvious that non-profit foundations ...

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Nissan impact on state economy continues to grow

By JACK WEATHERLY Nissan’s automotive assembly plant at Canton continues to grow as a major economic player in the immediate area and statewide, according to a new study. Nissan’s direct and indirect contribution to the state’s gross domestic product averages $2.9 billion a year, up from $2.5 billion in a 2013 report from the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research ...

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