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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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ALAN TURNER: Kemper coal plant essentially complete

We had an opportunity recently to visit with Lee Youngblood, who handles communications for Mississippi Power Co., and learned that the Kemper facility is essentially complete and ready for final testing and certification. “Once that’s done, we expect to see the facility up and running and doing what it’s supposed to do, by early 2016,” he said. Earlier in his ...

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Stephen D. Kinsland to lead Griffin, Inc.

Griffin, Inc., a Mississippi-based armored vehicle manufacturer, has appointed Stephen D. Kinsland, Sr. as President. A graduate of Michigan State University, Kinsland began at Griffin in January 2006 as Materials Manager at the Navistar Defense assembly plant in West Point. In November 2007, he moved to the manufacturing facility in Byhalia in the same capacity. He became Purchasing Manager at ...

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MISA Metal Processing locating operations in Forest

FOREST — MISA Metal Processing Inc., supplier of coils and slit steel to Tier 1 automotive suppliers, is locating a facility in Forest in central Mississippi. Company officials say in a news release that the project is a $9.8 million investment and will initially create 11 jobs. MMP will be a supplier to UNIPRES, a company that produces parts for ...

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H.M. Richards to expand Lee County furniture plant, hire 500

GUNTOWN — H.M. Richards will expand its Lee County upholstered furniture plant, investing $8 million and adding 500 jobs. The company already has 977 employees in a 900,000 square-foot plant in Guntown. H.M. Richards will buy land next door and add a 280,000 square-foot building for the expansion at the Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Complex. State and local ...

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Weyerhaeuser moving ahead with a $57 million expansion

PHILADELPHIA — One of the largest employers in Philadelphia and Neshoba County is moving ahead with a $57 million expansion. Expanding and modernizing Weyerhaeuser’s Philadelphia lumber mill is expected to take 10 months, The Meridian Star reports. Company spokesman Monte Simpson said the mill has about 180 workers. He said construction is well underway. Improvements include a new sorting and ...

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