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GLENN McCULLOUGH: Automotive industry is driving job creation in Mississippi

A little more than a decade ago, Mississippi had never produced a commercial vehicle. Today, about 4 million vehicles assembled in the state are on the road around the world, and production is showing no signs of slowing down. For Mississippians, more significant than production milestones are the contributions Toyota and Nissan have made to the state and local economy. ...

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Leggett & Platt expanding Tupelo operations

Daily Journal Furniture industry supplier Leggett & Platt said Thursday it has expanded its Super Sagless operations in Tupelo, investing in new manufacturing equipment for motion furniture. The expansion doesn’t add new jobs, but L&P said the move helped retain the current workforce at 274. “I appreciate the Leggett & Platt team for choosing to once again expand its Tupelo ...

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MSU summit looks to the future of manufacturing

Mississippi State University’s 7th Annual Manufacturing Summit showcased ways teamwork can help keep Mississippi and the U.S. competitive in the manufacturing industry in the 21st century. Wednesday’s [March 22] summit on “The Future of American Manufacturing” brought together leaders in industry and economic development at MSU’s Franklin Center for Furniture Manufacturing and Management. The event was hosted by MSU’s Franklin ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Nissan march: running on fumes

A rally was staged Saturday in Canton to protest conditions at the gleaming-white, mile-long Nissan plant. The creation of 6,400 superior jobs does present some situations. Granted, losing fingers in on the job is bad, but, sadly, things like that happen in heavy industry. And keeping the line moving when an employee passes out on the plant floor and later ...

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Chamber recognizes Reed’s Metals

Reed’s Metals was voted as Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for February. Pictured are Executive Director Garrick Combs and owner/CEO Bernie Reed , along with his staff, Chamber Ambassadors and city officials. Reed’s Metals began in 1998 and now has 10 locations.  Reed’s Metals corporate headquarters are in Brookhaven

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Reed’s Metals hires 2

Reed’s Metals recently added two employees to it s Brookhaven corporate headquarters. Christina Andrews is the Inventory Specialist and Accounts Payable. Andrews has worked in Accounting for nearly 20 years. She graduated from Lakeland College in Madison, Wis., with her BS in Accounting and Masters in Business Administration. She moved back to Mississippi two and a half years ago, from ...

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Nissan faces safety fine in Mississippi as union rally looms

A federal workplace safety agency wants to fine Nissan Motor Co. more than $21,000, saying the company’s Mississippi plant should have better trained a maintenance worker who lost three fingers in July. The citations were issued weeks before a Saturday rally to support unionization by the United Auto Workers, where pro-union speakers are likely to denounce the company’s safety record. ...

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Sanderson, other poultry processors wing it after index is discontinued

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. and other poultry processors find themselves without a long-standing index used in establishing a price they charge retailers. The Georgia Dock Index, which was established in 1972, was discontinued in December. The index’s accuracy had been called into question, so the Georgia Department of Agriculture requested that producers provide supporting documentation on pricing. Yet, ...

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Sanderson rides dark-meat sales to net profit rebound

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. net income more than doubled in the first fiscal quarter compared with the year earlier period – thanks to dark-meat sales recovering from a slump brought on by the avian flu outbreak in 2015. Sales for the quarter ending Jan. 31 were $688.3 million, compared with $605.2 million a year earlier. Net income for ...

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Aerospace firm to open Clinton factory, employ 70

  MBJ staff Precision Machining Services of Chattanooga, Tenn., will create 70 jobs and invest $5 million in a manufacturing facility in the Clinton Industrial Park. Precision will move into the 60,000-square-foot former Akzo-Nobel facility, according to a news release. The 14-acre site will house machining and painting services for the aerospace and defense industry. “We are looking forward to ...

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