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MMA to hold reception for furniture industry manufacturers

TUPELO, Mississippi — The Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) recently confirmed that it will hold a reception for furniture manufacturers and suppliers on Wednesday, August 13, just prior to opening day of the fall iteration of the Tupelo Furniture Market. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. and will be located in Building VI at the Tupelo Furniture Market. According to ...

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Dirk Vanderleest ready to deplane after quarter century at the control

Dirk Vanderleest and Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport have shared nearly half their lifetimes together. The airport situated in Rankin County had just turned 25 when Vanderleest arrived from Huntsville, Ala., where he managed that city’s airport under an executive director. Vanderleest’s arrival in Jackson at 29 gave him the distinction of being one of the youngest directors of ...

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Polyvulc retains firm to sell facilities in Mississippi, Louisiana

VICKSBURG — Polyvulc USA Inc., an injection-molding company that recycles plastics into pier pads and FHA-approved perimeter foundation wall systems for manufactured homes, and two tire recycling businesses, has retained Heritage Equity Partners (HEP) to seek an immediate sale of the Vicksburg-based company, as well as its subsidiaries, Polyvulc Tire Recycling, LLC, a tire shredding facility in Jackson, and Winnsboro Rubber Recycling, LLC, a crumb ...

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Weyerhaeuser investing $57M to modernize lumber mill

PHILADELPHIA — Weyerhaeuser Co. is investing $57 million to modernize over the next three years at its softwood lumber mill in Philadelphia. Weyerhaeuser said the work will be done in phases. Plans are to install two continuous direct-fired kilns and a new planer mill. In the last year we’ve seen somewhat of an uptick in the housing market and with ...

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Cochran has doubts about effectiveness of antidumping efforts

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is questioning the effectiveness of antidumping levies as evidence mounts that some nations are finding ways to evade punishment while still flooding U.S. markets with imported shrimp, crawfish, furniture and other products. Cochran raised the issue at a Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the enforcement of trade duties imposed on countries ...

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Chevron U.S.A.'s base oil facility begins production

PASCAGOULA — Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) subsidiary Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has begun commercial production of premium base oils from a newly constructed manufacturing facility at the company’s Pascagoula refinery. Base oils produced at Pascagoula will add to capacity from the company’s refinery in Richmond, California, and a joint venture facility in Yeosu, Korea, approximately doubling Chevron’s production capacity and positioning it ...

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Severstal selling plants, including Severstal Columbus

COLUMBUS — Russian steel company Severstal is exiting the U.S. market, selling a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for about $2.33 billion. Word of a possible sale began to circulate earlier this year as the West threatened sanctions against Russia for its activity in the Ukraine, but Severstal has not among those companies targeted by ...

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A match set to happen: Conn’s and Jackson

The head of retail for Conn’s HomePlus says the matchup of the retailer’s prototype customer and Jackson’s abundance of working class households made the Capital City an easy choice as the Texas company’s 85th store location. Having gone on a growth spree that extended the retailer’s reach from its Western origins into South Carolina and back through Tennessee, Conn’s found ...

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Airbus partners with Precision Aviation, Government Capital

COLUMBUS — Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) has partnered with Precision Aviation Services and Government Capital Corp. to provide tax-exempt financing for mission equipment technology upgrades and required major maintenance for law enforcement and government-owned AS350-series helicopters. Precision Aviation Services, of Peachtree City, Ga., AHI’s newest service center, will work with AHI and Government Capital to provide aircraft systems and avionics upgrades, ...

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