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  Furniture maker to open Amory plant, create 140 jobs

MBJ staff American Furniture announced on Tuesday it is expanding its presence in Mississippi by locating manufacturing operations in Amory. The project represents a corporate investment of $560,000 and the creation of 140 jobs. American Furniture has existing manufacturing operations in Ecru, where the company has 757 employees. American Furniture is locating six manufacturing lines in the 130,000-square-foot facility most ...

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Auto parts maker to open plant in Tishomingo County

Jack Weatherly An auto parts maker, hago Automotive Corp., will open a $10 million plant in Tishomingo County and hire 80 workers, the company announced Friday. The company  says it is expecting to begin operations by mid-2016. Gov. Phil Bryant said in a news release that “Mississippi’s automotive industry is a major economic driver for our state, and hago’s decision to locate in northeast Mississippi ...

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Ceiling tile maker to locate in Marshall County

MBJ staff Rockfon LLC announced Thursday that it will build a 130,000-square-foot plant in Marshall County to make acoustic ceiling panels, the Danish company’s first manufacturing facility in North America, and create at least 90 jobs over the next five years. The $42 million project will be built adjacent to the existing Roxul Inc. facility, which is located on more ...

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Cathead Vodka moving to Farish Street in Downtown Jackson

Downtown Jackson is set to become the new home of Cathead Distillery with an early December opening in a 20,000 square-foot building on South Farish Street behind the Jackson Convention Center Complex. Cathead’s new location at 422 S. Farish St. formerly housed the Mississippi School Book Co. For the past five years, Cathead Distillery has been building its distribution and ...

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Ingalls to christen US Coast Guard cutter Munro Saturday

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula will christen its sixth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter this Saturday with the christening of the Munro. The Mississippi Press reports U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft is the keynote speaker for the 10 a.m. ceremony. Julie Sheehan, great-niece of ship namesake Douglas Munro, is the ship sponsor. Munro is the only ...

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Tissue maker plans Hattiesburg plant, will hire 230-260

By JACK WEATHERLY Tissue paper manufacturer Sofidel America Corp. announced on Thursday that it bought a building just constructed by another company in Hattiesburg and will hire 230 to 260  workers. Sofidel acquired the new 400,000-square-foot building  in the Hattiesburg-Forrest County Industrial Park From Green Bay Converting Inc., which had intended to set up expanded operations there. Green Bay will maintain operations at its ...

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Silicon plant marks opening in Tishomingo County

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Silicon officials were joined by state and local officials Wednesday to celebrate the opening of the 170,000-square-foot, $200 million plant in Burnsville. The Tishomingo County facility already employs 100 of its projected 200 employees. It started producing silicon metal in September. The company is owned by Rima Holdings USA, a subsidiary of Brazil’s Rima Industrial SA, ...

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Yokohama Tire opens $300 million plant in Clay County; 260 have been hired toward first phase goal of 500

By JACK WEATHERLY  Yokohama Tire Manufacturing on Monday started production at its new $300 million commercial truck tire facility in West Point. The Tokyo-based manufacturer has already hired 260 workers and expects to reach 500 in the first phase of its operation, with the possibility of expanding to 2,000 employees in subsequent phases. Just a little over 24 months after ...

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Yokohama Tire opens $300 million plant in Clay County; 260 hired toward first phase goal of 500

Jack Weatherly Yokohama Tire Manufacturing on Monday started production at its new $300 million commercial truck tire facility in West Point. The Tokyo-based manufacturer has already hired 260 workers and expects to reach 500 in the first phase of its operation, with the possibility of expanding to 2,000 employees in subsequent phases. Just a little over 24 months after breaking ...

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UPDATED: Madison wafer maker on roll with 1,700-store Walmart deal

By Ted Carter The Madison-made Pirouline Swirl has landed a sweet spot on the shelves of 1,700 Walmart stores nationwide. Those stores may only be a start for the chocolate-cream-filled rolled wafer with the signature chocolate swirl. Strong sales could convince the Bentonville, Ark., retailer to put the DeBeukelaer Cookie Co.’s Pirouline Swirl in some or all of its additional ...

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