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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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(UPDATE) Gov. Bryant: $1.2 billion aluminum plant is a very exciting proposition for the state of Mississippi

by Jack Weatherly Pittsburgh-based American Specialty Alloys issued a news release Monday saying that it is planning to build a $1.2 billion, aluminum mini-mill “in the Southeastern United States.” While not naming the exact location in the release, the company has applied with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for permission to prepare a site on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway at Columbus. ...

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Bioplastics company Solaplast puts plant in operation

MERIDIAN — Solaplast, a company that converts algae from commercial catfish ponds into plastics, has opened a plant in Lauderdale County. The company is a division of Algix LLC in Athens, Georgia. CEO Mike Van Drunen, who along with other company representatives hosted an open house of the facility on Friday, says the plant will produce millions of pounds of ...

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Bioplastics maker opens for business in East Mississippi

MARION, Mississippi — Bioplastics manufacturer ALGIX, LLC officially opened its doors Friday at the company’s SOLAPLAST facility here. The Lauderdale County project represents an $8.5 million corporate investment that economic development officials say will increase to $40 million and will create 100 jobs over the next three years. ALGIX’s new state-of-the-art facility features compounding equipment that converts algae into bioplastic ...

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FREE FROM APRON STRINGS — Brush with disaster leads Monroe Jackson to build a better apron

Monroe Jackson wants a business with no strings attached. The Jackson doughnut entrepreneur and survivor of a near-fatal workplace accident has added “innovator” to his life accomplishments. Next up is a marketing role for the inventor and winner of a design patent for a string-free apron he says will make working around machinery far less dangerous. It all started with ...

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With judge's ruling, cleanup of old Kerr-McGee site can begin

COLUMBUS — A judge has cleared the way for the Environmental Protection Agency to get started on the cleanup of the old Kerr-McGee Chemical Plant in Columbus. The EPA is putting $68 million into cleaning up the 90-acre site that was shut down in 2003, as well as other places where creosote is located. In December, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court ...

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Judge to hear opposing side in silicon metal plant dispute

BURNSVILLE — A federal judge has given opponents of a silicon metal plant in Mississippi’s northwest corner a chance to make their case in court. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock, in a November order, set a Dec. 2 hearing in Aberdeen to allow challengers to a permit issued by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to argue for a preliminary ...

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KiOR files for bankruptcy, but Columbus plant isn't included

COLUMBUS — Biofuel maker KiOR Inc. has filed for bankruptcy, although its Mississippi subsidiary has not, preserving the chance that its Columbus plant could be sold quickly. The company, based in Pasadena, Texas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late Sunday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, where it’s incorporated. KiOR defaulted on a loan from Mississippi last week after failing ...

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