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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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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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OSHA proposes $78,800 in fines against Tallahatchie sawmill

CHARLESTON — €” A Charleston sawmill faces up to $78,800 in fines after a safety inspection found the company wasn’t using safety devices to protect employees. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Tallahatchie Lumber and Mat Co. for 27 safety-rule violations, including one that was classified as willful. OSHA says sawmill workers were not locking down machines before performing ...

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Steel maker John Correnti dies in Chicago at 68

By JACK WEATHERLY  John Correnti, a pioneer in steel making who left a significant mark on Mississippi, has died at 68, according to published reports. Correnti, who was in Chicago for a meeting of the board for Navistar International Corp., was found  dead in his hotel room Tuesday apparently from natural causes, the reports say. He was lead investor and mastermind ...

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Baldwyn plant to add 60 jobs

Associated Press Foam-maker FXI says it will invest $700,000 to expand is Baldwyn factory, adding at least 60 employees to the current 60. The company, based in Media, Pa., said Monday it has won new health-care business and will add automated equipment to  increase production. The Mississippi Development Authority contributed a $35,000 grant to help expand FXI’s storage and staging area, ...

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Changes at Pascagoula port

Port of Pascagoula Director Mark McAndrews has announced two staff changes. Randy Joplin has been promoted to deputy port director, operations, for the Jackson County Port Authority. Joplin has served the Port of Pascagoula as manager, safety/harbormaster since 1998. His prior maritime experience includes commercial shipping and steamship agency operations in various ports in the Gulf of Mexico, including Pascagoula. ...

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PSC grants Mississippi Power interim rate hike

Associated Press State utility regulators agreed Thursday that Mississippi Power Co. needs more money immediately, granting the company an 18 percent rate increase that, while temporary for now, could become permanent by December. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted 2-1 Thursday to allow the utility to raise rates starting with bills beginning Aug. 20. A residential customer who uses 1,000 ...

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Avon’s Cochran appointed

David T. Cochran, Jr., partner with CoCo Planting Co. and CoCo Manufacturing, both based in Avon, has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

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Suit to block silicon plant in northeast Miss. dismissed

Jack Weatherly Mississippi Silicon LLC has some breathing room as a suit seeking to stop the construction of the plant at Burnsville in Tishomingo County was dismissed. U.S. District Court Judge Debra M. Brown ruled on Thursday that the Northern Mississippi court did not have jurisdiction, and the motion by Globe Specialty Metallurgical, a Selma, Ala.,-based competitor, for a preliminary ...

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