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Cosmetics chain to open distribution center in DeSoto, create 400 jobs

MBJ staff Sephora Americas will open a distribution center in Olive Branch this summer. The new 720,000-square-foot distribution center in Prologis Park features state-of-the-art technology. The expansion of distribution operations is expected to create approximately 400 jobs during the next five years. Operations will begin this month and shipping is expected to begin in late summer. “We are very pleased to ...

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General Atomics lands $195M Navy contract

General Atomics confirmed Monday that it has been awarded a contract for the Advanced Arresting Gear – the device that helps stop aircraft when they land on an aircraft carrier – for the future Gerald R. Ford-class carrier, the USS Enterprise. According to a UPI report last month, the contract is valued at more than $195 million. That’s on top ...

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DENNIS SEID: Deja vu all over again for market

Eleven years ago, Tupelo Furniture Market officials surveyed retailers and exhibitors, and the results showed a desire to move the twice-yearly trade shows. The market has traditionally held its shows in February and August, calling them the spring and fall markets, respectively. And so, the market shifted the dates to January and June. “This was requested by them, who said ...

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Nissan Builds Habitat House in Canton

Nissan and its employee volunteers recently built a Habitat for Humanity house for a Canton family – Mildred Daughtery and her son.  Participating in the dedication of the home were (kneeling, from left) Arree Williams, Ruby Beckwith, Mike Quick; (standing, from left) Stephen Griner, Jackie Brown, Stacey Hight, Ashley Avery, Rodney Francis, Joseph Flowers, Rosemary Branch, Kula Bwamba, Jack Blackburn, ...

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Cooper Tire Tupelo, Clarksdale Plants Recognized by MDEQ

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has recognized Cooper Tire’s Tupelo and Clarksdale plants as members of its environmental stewardship enHance initiative. A voluntary program consisting of three-year membership terms, the enHance initiative, which stands for “envision heightened awareness nurturing conservation and environmental excellence,” recognizes committed environmental leaders in Mississippi that put in place environmental initiatives beyond those that are ...

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Seraphim Solar seeking workers for Jackson plant

By JACK WEATHERLY Seraphim Solar USA seeks to double its work force at its Jackson plant. The plant, which started production of solar panels in February 2016, now employs about 30. Approval by two “major residential solar finance companies for their installer networks,” Sungage Financial and Sunnova, has opened the door for expansion of the plant, the Houston-based manufacturer said in ...

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Fred Carl goes small with latest venture

By JACK WEATHERLY It is a market he helped to create. Appointed by then-Gov. Haley Barbour as housing commissioner for Gulf Coast rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Fred Carl Jr. oversaw the designing and building of cottages in a traditional style as a better alternative to trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Association. The so-called Katrina cottages contributed ...

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Helanbak: There and back with precision

By BECKY GILLETTE We all know that the right tool makes the difference, and that is the forte of Helanbak, a precision parts manufacturer which relocated to Columbia in 2014 and manufactures metal products for several industries such as water well drilling, sawmills and firearms. Yolanda and Kristian Agoglia are the owners of the company that designs and manufactures pipe ...

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Chicot Irrigation hires Warren Ayles

Warren Ayles has joined the sales team at Chicot Irrigation and will work out of the Greenwood headquarters. Except for a seven-year stint working in the oil industry in Louisiana, Ayles has been in the irrigation business since 1987. The Clarksdale native started in the industry by installing and servicing center pivots. Chicot Irrigation is a full service irrigation company ...

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Continental Tires hires Quita Bride as communication specialist

Quita Bride has been selected as the Communications Specialist for Continental Tire’s new Greenfield Tire Plant in Mississippi. Bride will be responsible for public relations, employee communications and outreach. Bride, a Vicksburg native, graduated from Jackson State University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a minor in marketing. Collectively, Bride has 13 years of communications experience in public ...

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