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Nissan faces safety fine in Mississippi as union rally looms

A federal workplace safety agency wants to fine Nissan Motor Co. more than $21,000, saying the company’s Mississippi plant should have better trained a maintenance worker who lost three fingers in July. The citations were issued weeks before a Saturday rally to support unionization by the United Auto Workers, where pro-union speakers are likely to denounce the company’s safety record. ...

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Sanderson, other poultry processors wing it after index is discontinued

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. and other poultry processors find themselves without a long-standing index used in establishing a price they charge retailers. The Georgia Dock Index, which was established in 1972, was discontinued in December. The index’s accuracy had been called into question, so the Georgia Department of Agriculture requested that producers provide supporting documentation on pricing. Yet, ...

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Sanderson rides dark-meat sales to net profit rebound

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. net income more than doubled in the first fiscal quarter compared with the year earlier period – thanks to dark-meat sales recovering from a slump brought on by the avian flu outbreak in 2015. Sales for the quarter ending Jan. 31 were $688.3 million, compared with $605.2 million a year earlier. Net income for ...

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Aerospace firm to open Clinton factory, employ 70

  MBJ staff Precision Machining Services of Chattanooga, Tenn., will create 70 jobs and invest $5 million in a manufacturing facility in the Clinton Industrial Park. Precision will move into the 60,000-square-foot former Akzo-Nobel facility, according to a news release. The 14-acre site will house machining and painting services for the aerospace and defense industry. “We are looking forward to ...

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West Point plant to make 40 armored trucks for Pakistan

WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) – Navistar International Corp. has been awarded a $35 million contract to deliver 40 armored vehicles to Pakistan from its Mississippi plant. The U.S. Army announced the contract Thursday, saying Navistar, based in Lisle, Illinois, had made the only bid for the mine resistant ambush protected MaxxPro Dash DXM trucks. Work is supposed to be done ...

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Poultry processor to open plant in Carthage

MBJ staff Pearl River Foods will open a poultry processing plant in Carthage, investing more than $2 million and creating 150 jobs. The Mississippi Development Authority also will contribute a $1.5 million grant and Leake County provided $175,000 for infrastructure upgrades. Pearl River Foods’ Carthage location will allow the company to better serve the local poultry industry. The company will ...

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Mississippi manufacturer betting on a weaker dollar

By JACK WEATHERLY Wayne Wade has concerns about continuing to do business in Vietnam. But it’s not because President Donald Trump “vetoed” America’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact. It’s the strong U.S. dollar, said Wade, president of Bio-Soil Enhancers Inc. of Hattiesburg. Vietnam is the company’s biggest customer. The Southeast Asian country would be one of the ...

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Raytheon won’t try to build jet; project was to be in Meridian

Raytheon Co. said Wednesday that it and a partner are backing out of competition to build a U.S. Air Force training jet. The announcement came months after Waltham, Mass.-based Raytheon and an Italian company, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, said they intended to build 350 of the T-100 jets at an assembly plant near Meridian. Gov. Phil Bryant and other Mississippi officials had said ...

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MOVING TO MEXICO? — Batesville Casket to close Panola plant

By JACK WEATHERLY Faced with shrinking demand, the Batesville Casket Co. plant in Panola County will close its doors in March after nearly 30 years in operation. Two hundred are employed at the plant, where hardwood coffins are assembled. The plant was opened in 1988 because “we were looking for a plant located near the Vicksburg facility,” Indiana-based parent Batesville ...

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Electric car maker GreenTech lays off Mississippi workers

Electric car maker GreenTech Automotive has laid off some or all employees at its Mississippi Delta plant. Mississippi Department of Employment Security spokeswoman Dianne Bell told The Associated Press Thursday that the agency has been told GreenTech is “shutting down” in Tunica County. GreenTech didn’t return requests for comment. GreenTech owes Mississippi $2.85 million, after making an overdue $150,000 loan ...

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