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Toyota plans $10M visitor and training center in Mississippi

Toyota Motor Co. says it will build a $10 million center for visitors and interactive training at its northeast Mississippi assembly plant. The Japanese automaker’s announcement came Thursday as it marked the 10th anniversary of the plant’s groundbreaking. The factory, with 2,000 workers assembling Corolla sedans, began production in 2011. Toyota says construction on the 15,000-square-foot building will begin in ...

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Biewer Lumber opens for business in Newton

  Biewer Lumber’s officially opened its $85 million state-of-the-art sawmill in Newton on Tuesday. St. Clair, Mich.-based Biewer will employ about 125 at its Newton mill, which received $5 million in grants and loans from the state for site preparation and rail and road improvements. Additionally the city of Newton and Newton County each gave  about $268,000 as matches for the ...

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Nissan faces more labor law charges at Mississippi plant

Federal labor regulators have added to charges to a complaint that Nissan Motor Co. and a contract worker agency at Nissan’s Mississippi plant have violated workers’ rights. The National Labor Relations Board, in a March 31 filing, claims a Kelly Services supervisor illegally threatened the plant would close if the United Auto Workers union begins representing workers. The new charges ...

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Newest Navy destroyer to be christened at Pascagoula

PASCAGOULA — The Navy’s newest guided missile destroyer will be christened in a weekend ceremony at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard at Pascagoula. A news release from Huntington Ingalls says Saturday’s christening will be attended by the man for whom the ship is named: 96-year-old Paul Ignatius. According to biographical information from Huntington Ingalls, Ignatius held key military leadership positions ...

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Nissan’s builds 10th house

Future Habitat Nissan Build homeowner Mildred Daughtery, with Steve Marsh (left), vice president of manufacturing, Nissan Canton, and Rodney Francis (right), director of human resources, Nissan Canton, take a break during construction of the Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area home in Canton. This marks the 10th home built by employees of the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant. Hundreds of ...

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Winston Plywood & Veneer holds ‘grand opening’ in Louisville

A 2014 tornado destroyed the Winston Plywood & Veneer plant. But Louisville  held a grand opening on Wednesday to celebrate the company’s rebuilt $100 million manufacturing facility. Winston Plywood  worked closely with the city of Louisville, Winston County and the Mississippi Development Authority to rebuild. The MDA  provided $10 million for site preparation, relocation, infrastructure and work-force training. The Federal Emergency ...

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Tupelo Furniture Market president moving on after five years

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Kevin Seddon, who has been president of the Tupelo Furniture Market since 2012, has resigned. Seddon’s last day was Friday, having told market officials two weeks earlier he was stepping down. Seddon said today he felt like he had done all he could do in his role to market and promote the 30-year-old furniture ...

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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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