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TRANSITION AT THE MDA — Is Mississippi better off than it was 3 years ago?

By JACK WEATHERLY  Is Mississippi better off than it was three years ago? That’s a fair enough question when it comes to measurable matters such as jobs created and money invested. The answer is: depends on whom you’re asking. And what you’re asking. When the Mississippi Development Authority announced April 8 that Brent Christensen  was resigning his job as executive ...

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Cinema seating firm to add 50 jobs

  MBJ staff Movie theater seating manufacturer VIP Cinema Seating is making a $2 million investment in its New Albany plant that will create 50 jobs, bringing employment to approximately 350, according to release from the Mississippi Development Authority on Tuesday.“We are pleased to be able to expand operations, and we appreciate all the support from the Mississippi Development Authority, ...

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Cal-Maine, DOJ announce settlement of water pollution issue

EDWARDS — Mississippi-based egg producer Cal-Maine will bring a facility in Edwards into compliance with its state-issued water discharge permit. The settlement was announced Monday by the company and the Department of Justice. The Justice Department says in a news release that Cal-Maine will pay a $475,000 penalty to be split evenly between the U.S. and Mississippi. Cal-Maine had been ...

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Jay Moon: Bullish on Mississippi’s manufacturing future

  By ALAN TURNER Jay Moon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, proudly says that his family roots can be traced back to Virginia in the 1500’s.  These days, his roots are firmly anchored in Mississippi. “I’ve been here since Cliff Finch was Governor,” he said with a smile. Jay, who holds a Master’s of Public ...

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Mitchell Distributing expands to 32 Mississippi counties with Delta acquistion

Meridian’s Mitchell Distributing has completed the geographic connection of its Mississippi markets through acquisition of Delta Distributing Co. of Greenwood, giving the Anheuser Busch distributor a presence in 32 counties in the Magnolia State. The acquisition gains  the family-owned beer distributorship Delta’s markets in Yalobusha, Grenada, Montgomery, Carroll and Leflore counties. “It is a strategic growth opportunity that unites their ...

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Southern Motion expanding in Baldwyn

  Reclining furniture manufacturer Southern Motion is expanding operations at its facility in Baldwyn. The project represents a $600,000 investment and will create 60 jobs during the next 12 months, according to a release issued on Thursday. This expansion will bring employment at the facility to 235. Southern Motion also has operations in Pontotoc,  where the company employs 1,100 workers. ...

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Southern Motion expanding in Baldwyn

MBJ staff Reclining furniture manufacturer Southern Motion is expanding operations at its facility in Baldwyn. The project represents a $600,000 investment and will create 60 jobs during the next 12 months, according to a release issued on Thursday.mm This expansion will bring employment at the facility to 235. Southern Motion also has operations in Pontotoc,  where the company employs 1,100 ...

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Mississippi’s key economic indicators show slight strengthening

The performance of Mississippi’s economy in 2015 may hinge on growth in building permits, retail trade and consumer confidence offsetting a slowdown in U.S. manufacturing attributed to a stronger dollar, lower oil prices and bad weather. So say Mississippi state economists in the March issue of Mississippi’s Business, a monthly report on the state’s economy by the University Research Center ...

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Where ideas come to grow: Innovate Mississippi's Startup Weekend is March 27-29

Entrepreneurs and others with a great idea waiting to happen can pitcher their creations and receive assessments from their peers at the next Start’s Startup Weekend. The Mississippi College School of Law in downtown Jackson will host an Innovate Mississippi Startup Weekend from 8 a.m. March 27 to 5 p.m. March 29. The weekend event offers an intense 54 hours ...

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Manufacturing grows sluggish as oil prices slide, economists say

By TED CARTER Steep declines in oil and petroleum prices have finally shown a corresponding drop in commercial construction costs tracked by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Producer Price Index. Contractors can cheer about the drop in costs – at least those who don’t build for the oil exploration and mining sectors. Not so for manufacturers. They’re getting anxious about sluggishness ...

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