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Deadline passes and state receives no payment from KiOR

COLUMBUS — Mississippi officials say they didn’t get any money from faltering biofuel firm KiOR on Friday, the deadline for the company to make a $1.9 million debt payment. KiOR, based in Pasadena, Texas, has a grace period of three business days to make the payment, so it wouldn’t officially break its agreement until midnight Wednesday. A spokeswoman for KiOR ...

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Ingalls-built amphibious transport dock launches

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding has launched the amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha. The John P. Murtha (LPD 26) is the 10th amphibious transport dock built by Ingalls. The ship is used to land Marines and their equipment during military and humanitarian missions. Ingalls has built and delivered nine ships in the San Antonio class of ships with LPDs 26 ...

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New Anchor Square store in Pascagoula offers kid’s gifts at reasonable prices

By TAMMY LEYTHAM  PASCAGOULA — Business at the newly opened Whimsy Books & Toys is going “unexpectedly” well. Tracy Jackson-Wilson opened the store with her mother-in-law Cathy Johnson in August. It sits in a Katrina cottage in Pascagoula’s Anchor Square, a shopping and dining complex on the west end of Delmas Avenue that serves as the city’s business incubator. “I ...

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It’s all about the customers at Delo’s House of Coffee in Gautier

By TAMMY LEYTHAM GAUTIER — Ask Delorise Nettles what makes a business successful and she doesn’t hesitate to answer. “Relationships.” It’s all about knowing your customers, said Nettles, owner of Delo’s Heavenly House of Coffee in Gautier. And it’s obvious she does. She chit chats with customers, asks about their school work, encourages their artistic aspirations and remembers their favorite ...

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BlueFire looks to China for financing of biofuel plant

FULTON — A California-based biofuel company says the Export Import Bank of China may loan up to $270 million to build a plant in Fulton. BlueFire Renewables Inc. of Irvine, California, says the bank has signed a letter of intent. The U.S. Department of Energy ended funding to BlueFire last year after disbursing $12 million of an $88-million award, saying ...

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Mississippi Phosphate files Chapter 11; no layoffs yet

PASCAGOULA – Mississippi Phosphate’s 241-member workforce remains intact after the longtime fertilizer company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Gulfport Monday. A shortage of raw materials led the fertilizer manufacturer to curtail production of diammonium phosphate at its 40-acre plant late last week. But the company kept most of its production going, it said in a press statement.This is ...

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RAEM launches study on wood pellet market's impact on railroads

WAYNESBORO — The Rail Authority of East Mississippi (RAEM) has initiated a study to analyze the growing global wood pellet market and its financial impact on the construction of a new rail line connecting Waynesboro to Lucedale. RAEM’s previous economic studies demonstrated forest products will be the primary user of the new rail line, and funding was provided by the ...

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VT Halter building two LNG-powered container vessels

PASCAGOULA — Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine has started work on the first of two liquefied natural gas-powered container vessels for Crowley Maritime Corp. VT Halter first announced the $350 million contract last November. The beginning of construction was marked by a steel-cutting ceremony. VT Halter officials say in a news release that the new vessels are designed to maximize the ...

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Villa International sites RV furniture factory in Belmont

BELMONT — A California company will open a recreational vehicle furniture factory in northeast Mississippi, with plans to hire 75 employees over five years. Villa International, based in Cerritos, California, will invest $250,000 to expand into Tishomingo County. It will pay an average annual salary of $35,360. The Mississippi Development Authority will loan Tishomingo County $507,000 to purchase the former ...

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MISSISSIPPI 100 — Private business list is one-of-a-kind

It was 1989  when the Mississippi Business Journal first decided to compile a list of the top state’s top privately held business. It was published as the “Mississippi 100,” and it would become an annual event. The list ranks companies by sales revenue and has become a who’s who tip sheet on the Magnolia State economy. Early members of the ...

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