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OptimComfort locates plant in Plantersville

PLANTERSVILLE  — A medical furniture design and manufacturing company will locate a facility in Plantersville in northeast Mississippi. OptimComfort Inc. announced plans Tuesday to locate a plant in a 27,000 square foot building formerly used by J. Ivy Industries. The project represents a $500,000 corporate investment and will create 70 jobs over the next three years. The Tupelo-based company manufactures ...

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Jindal raises money for Tate Reeves

GULFPORT — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is helping raise campaign cash for Mississippi’s Republican lieutenant governor, Tate Reeves, who’s seeking a second term in 2015. A Reeves campaign email says Jindal was appearing at Reeves’ fundraiser Thursday evening at a home in Gulfport, with ticket prices ranging from $250 to $2,500. The Advocate reports that Jindal was returning to Baton ...

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Ruling stands for Pearl River Co. in plant dispute

JACKSON — The state Court of Appeals has upheld a judge’s ruling against a group of residents who sought to block development of five acres near the construction site of a sand drying plant in Pearl River County. The Alliance Consulting Group is locating the plant on 30 acres between Nicholson and Picayune. The $30 million plant will service the ...

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Former Lane Furniture plant sold for $1.45 million

United Furniture Industries has bought the 475,000-square-foot former Lane Furniture Industries in Verona for $1.45 million. Doug Hanby, United chief financial officer, said in a news release on Monday that the facility will used as a manufacturing facility for stationary furniture, and hopes to open it during the first quarter of next year. United Furniture Industries and McCormick Drive LLC had ...

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Grenada plastics company to expand, add 60 jobs

GRENADA — An Illinois company will invest $350,000 to expand its Grenada factory, adding 60 jobs. Suburban Plastics, based in Elgin, Illinois, announced last week it would expand its current factory by 25,000 square feet to increase production. Vice President Jeremy Baxter says the company has “a strong trend of continuing growth” in Grenada. The Mississippi Development Authority is loaning ...

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Bath awarded $21M contract for destroyers

BATH, Maine — Bath Iron Works has been awarded a $21 million contract to continue work on a class of U.S. Navy destroyers. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said in a statement Thursday night that it was a modification of a previously awarded contract for construction of DDG 51 destroyers. Pingree said the shipyard was already the lead designer for the ...

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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Floyd Sulser Jr. follows in his father's footsteps

Between 2008 and 2010, the United States had a loss of over 200,000 businesses and 3 million jobs. This period of the “Great Recession” was particularly challenging for those businesses in the housing sector. For those that survived, many found themselves in a better position with fewer competitors and leaner operations. I had the opportunity this week to interview Floyd ...

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GM honors BorgWarner facilities with quality award

WATER VALLEY — BorgWarner’s facilities in Water Valley; Frankfort, Illinois; and Ithaca, New York; have received 2014 Supplier Quality Excellence Awards from General Motors (GM). Presented to only 17 percent of GM’s 2,300 suppliers in the United States and Canada, the award recognizes supplier manufacturing locations for achieving consistently high levels of quality based on 13 defined performance criteria. This ...

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NG1 Technologies wins Grand Prize; receiving $200K in cash and services

OLIVE BRANCH — The Cleantech Open Southeast says regional finalist NG1 Technologies of Olive Branch has been recognized as the 2014 Cleantech Open National Accelerator Grand Prize Winner. NG1 Technologies will receive a cash and in-kind services prize worth $200,000. NG1 Technologies was recognized for its innovation and improvements to the retrofit exhaust system found on Class 8 tractor-trailers. The ...

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