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Aluminum startup finds going rough in Louisiana, as it did in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY  In February 2015, American Specialty Alloys, which was to build a $1.2 billion plant at Columbus and produce aluminum alloy for automobile bodies, pulled up stakes and decided to seek its fortunes in Louisiana. The startup, which never built the plant and was at odds with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Golden Triangle development agency, LINK, ...

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Manufacturer holds open house at Senatobia plant

By JACK WEATHERLY ABB held an open house on Friday to show off its Senatobia operations that have been going on for about a month. The Swiss-Swedish manufacturer of power and automation equipment expects to have about 100 workers by year’s end and aims for 300 at the end of five years. The Senatobia facility takes the place of an ABB ...

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ABB aims to grow to 500 jobs in Senatobia within 5 years

Swiss firm ABB says its new Tate County plant is a key part of its plan to produce its full range of electrical components for North American customers. Franklin Sullivan, who leads ABB’s electrical components business in North America, said Friday that the company aims to grow from 100 employees now to 500 employees at the Senatobia plant within five ...

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Polo Custom Products expanding in Louisville, creating 30 Jobs

Polo Custom Products is expanding operations in Louisville, investing $150,000 and creating 30 jobs. Polo Custom Products’ Louisville manufacturing facility specializes in custom sewing, film and fabric welding and custom fabric and foam thermoformed products. The company’s expansion will accommodate the addition of new business contracts, as well as growth with several of their long-term customers. “We are pleased to have ...

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LAW ELEVATED — The Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Revolution

The race is on for the commercialization of Autonomous (driverless) Vehicles (AV’s) – Google hopes to get there by 2020. You have probably noticed the almost daily news stories and television segments about AV technology. The reality is that the technology is here (subject only to being fine-tuned), but the regulatory scheme is causing some delays. In other words, our ...

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Clarksdale company shifts emphasis to meet manufacturing needs

By JACK WEATHERLY Standard Industrial in Clarksdale has met the needs of manufacturing in its nearly 30 years of existence. Standard Industrial builds hydraulic presses, brakes and shears, “things that make stuff,” Standard Industrial President Steve Hays said. It is putting in a new line that will cost $1.357 million and create 25 jobs. Standard Industrial is expanding within its ...

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Furniture maker to spend $20 million, create 600 jobs

Associated Press One of northeast Mississippi’s fastest growing companies will take over the former headquarters of a regional mainstay that dissolved in bankruptcy. Southern Motion announced Wednesday that it will spend $20 million and hire 600 people over five years as the reclining furniture maker moves into a 758,000-square-foot building in Baldwyn. Former owner Hancock Fabrics closed after seeking bankruptcy ...

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Some of 840 Ashley jobs coming to Mississippi

By DENNIS SEID Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Ashley Furniture Industries is laying off 840 workers at its manufacturing plant in Colton, California, and shifting production to plants in North Carolina, Mississippi and Wisconsin. Already one of the largest private employers in Northeast Mississippi, Ashley employs some 4,000 workers at its plants in Ecru, Ripley and Verona. The company says the ...

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Mississippi Golden Triangle has large new industrial site

Economic development officials are promoting a new industrial site in the Golden Triangle area of eastern Mississippi. Golden Triangle Development LINK and the Tennessee Valley Authority on Friday unveiled the new 1,144-acre Infinity Megasite, which is west of GTR Regional Airport. It is the third megasite in Lowndes County, the Commercial Dispatch reports. Megasites are large parcels of land designed ...

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First Chiquita ship rolls into State Port

It was an evening of firsts on the West Pier of the State Port of Gulfport. The Sun Herald reports the first Chiquita ship rolled in Monday almost two years after the fruit company severed its 40-year tenancy at the port for a berth in New Orleans. Chiquita will be the first use of the state port’s new cranes that ...

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