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Furniture maker adding jobs in Ecru

ECRU — Upholstered furniture manufacturer Fusion Furniture Inc. is expanding operations at its facility in north Mississippi’s Pontotoc County The company announced Tuesday that it will invest $1.6 million and create 100 jobs, bringing employment in Ecru location to 430. Fusion Furniture will build a 100,000-square-foot addition at its existing facility. Mississippi Development Authority is giving a $200,000 grant to ...

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Strides, criticisms mark Port of Gulfport chief’s tenure

Jonathan Daniels has checked off a few tasks on his to-do list since taking over as head of the Mississippi State Ports Authority in 2012: » Put money in the bank; » Establish a nearly $4 million operating budget surplus; » Expand the Port of Gulfport by 84 acres; » Complete channel maintenance dredging, including 100 feet out from the ...

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U.S. tariffs a factor in Chinese company seeking plant in Jackson?

By JACK WEATHERLY  While there is nothing new under the sun, things do change. Such as the solar market, which has since the Solyndra debacle that gave the Obama administration a black eye. The California startup defaulted on a $535 million federal loan in 2011. It subsequently filed a $1.5 billion antitrust suit against China’s three largest solar panel makers. ...

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Viking continues to struggle since purchase by Middleby

By JACK WEATHERLY  Things were going to be better for the Viking Range Corp., founder and Chief Executive Fred Carl announced in a long email to employees on Dec. 31, 2012. He referred to “the past four rough years” for the company. By the end of 2012, employment had been nearly halved from a pre-recession peak of 1,200 due to ...

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HE’S BACK — Fred Carl aims for the high-end market with modular homes

By JACK WEATHERLY  Fred E. Carl Jr. is emerging from his Viking Range years with a new venture, C3 Design. The company will build modular homes that are not what one might think of as “prefab” houses. It aims instead for the same high-end market that Viking dominated. Carl’s ventures are coming full circle. The first was homebuilding, a continuation ...

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US Foods opens distribution 308-person center in Flowood

MBJ staff US Foods has opened a 272,000-square-foot distribution center in Flowood that will service 4,000 chefs, restaurants and food-service operators throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, the Rosemont, Ill.-based company said in a release on Monday. The distributor, which has 60 such facilities across the country, made its first shipment out of Flowood on June 29 and will have a grand ...

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Southeast manufacturng rises; Mississippi’s drops

MBJ staff Southeast manufacturing activity improved in June after three consecutive months of decline, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index  report released Monday by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business. June’s Southeast PMI of 55.1 is driven up by a sharp 9.3-point increase for new orders and a 8.9-point increase for production. This month’s ...

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At 38, Jennifer Childs continues growth with Ingalls

By LYNN LOFTON At age 38, Jennifer Childs has an impressive resume and could rest on her laurels. That’s not likely to happen as this Huntington Ingalls Industries employee continues to add to her credentials with professional and personal accomplishments. She’s worked with the Pascagoula shipbuilder — the state’s largest private employer — eight years with the current job title of ...

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Ingalls appoints 2 VPs

George Jones has been appointed vice president of operations, and Tim Farrell has been appointed vice president of new Navy programs at the Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula. In his new position, Jones will be responsible for all facets of ship construction through delivery. He is responsible for enhancing cost and schedule performance, process and facility ...

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