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MDA reveals clawbacks on TopShip deal

The Mississippi Development Authority has released to the Mississippi Business Journal the “clawbacks” that TopShip LLC agreed to for state funding and other considerations. The company, which will manufacture boats to service the offshore oil industry at the Port of Gulfport, promised to invest $68 million and create 1,000 jobs. In return, the MDA and the State Port Authority agreed ...

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VIP promotes Fennell

John Fennell has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales at VIP, the world’s largest manufacturer of premium cinema seating. A 15-year veteran of the cinema seating industry, Fennell joined the company in January 2014, relocating from San Diego, California where he served in sales for Seating Concepts. Over the past two years, VIP’s growth in sales has been ...

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Ingalls Shipbuilding successfully tests John Murtha

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, John P. Murtha, spent four days in the Gulf of Mexico last week with Ingalls’ test and trials team operating the ship and performing more than 200 test events. The Sun Herald reports the ship was built at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division in Pascagoula. Major evolutions during builder’s trials ...

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Furniture market growing in last year

By LISA MONTI When American Furniture officials announced in December the company had expanded its footprint in Mississippi by locating manufacturing operations in Amory, state leaders took the $560,000 investment in Monroe County as a good sign. The company also has manufacturing operations in Ecru. “Mississippi’s furniture manufacturing industry has experienced significant growth over the past year, and American Furniture’s expansion ...

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Mattress maker to invest $1.4M and hire 50 in Lowndes County

MAYHEW — A maker and online seller of mattresses and bedding products will open a factory in Lowndes County, with plans to hire 50 people over the next three years. Sleepmade will invest $1.4 million, leasing 50,000 square feet of the At Home with Bassett facility. The Mississippi Development Authority will give $75,000 for building improvements, while Lowndes County is ...

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Furniture manufacturer shifting jobs to Corinth

CORINTH — Corinthian Furniture will close its facility in Booneville as the company consolidates all operations at its Corinth locations. Prentiss County Development Association Executive Director Leon Hays tells The Daily Corinthian (http://bit.ly/1KPN2jk) the company employees 164 people in Booneville and most of those will be offered positions in Corinth. Employees were told Wednesday the plant would begin a shutdown ...

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Spring Tupelo Furniture Market kicks off Thursday

TUPELO — The Spring Tupelo Furniture Market starts Thursday, but some transactions have already started as buyers and sellers gather for the 29th consecutive year. Kevin Seddon, president of the Tupelo Furniture Market, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1WBhcal) 49 new companies have bought space this year. The spring market is later than usual. In the past, it was ...

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Taylor promotes Greg Sisson

Greg Sisson has been promoted to Director of Manufacturing Operations at Taylor Machine Works and Senior Staff member of the Taylor Group, Inc. Sisson was a general foreman from 1988 until 1996. In 1996 he was promoted as Works Manager and in March of 2015 promoted to Manager of Operations. He has been a member of Mars Hill Fire department ...

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Furniture maker to open plant, create 100 jobs

    MBJ staff Delta Furniture Manufacturing announced Wednesday it will locate in the 80,000-square-foot facility formerly occupied by Astrolounger in Houlka. The Chickasaw County project represents a corporate investment of $432,000 and will create 100 jobs. Delta Furniture also has manufacturing operations in Pontotoc, where the company has 180 employees. The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of ...

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