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Paper plant to upgrade, add 25 jobs

Associated Press SALTILLO — A paper company is expanding its cardboard box plant in northeast Mississippi, with plans to add 25 jobs over three years.Atlanta-based WestRock announced Wednesday that it will replace the corrugating machine at its Saltillo plant with a new, larger machine to make cardboard. WestRock says the new machine will make better cardboard. The company didn’t say ...

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Ashley closes operations at Ripley facility

Heavy rain and hail has forced Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. to close its Ripley facility in Mississippi. A company statement says the plant has closed for safety reasons and will continue to assess the weather-related damage. It said the plant planned to reopen this week. News outlets report Ripley employees were told to call the attendance line for updates on ...

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General Atomics plans $20 million expansion in Lee County

MBJ staff General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems is expanding for the 10th time in 13 years in Shannon. The project is a $20 million private capital investment and is expected to create 48 jobs over the next three years. It currently employs 256. The Mississippi Development Authority is providing a $510,000 grant to help with equipment costs. Lee County will provide ...

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Distributor to open center in Jackson

MBJ staff Building products company Woodgrain Distribution is opening a distribution center in Jackson. The project is a $5 million investment and will create 25 jobs. Woodgrain Distribution delivers moulding and millwork products to retail customers and distributors. The company is locating operations in an existing facility located at 3974 I-55 South Frontage Road in Jackson. The Mississippi Development Authority ...

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GreenTech files for bankruptcy

A company founded by former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has filed for bankruptcy, citing negative press and lawsuits by investors who call it a “scam perpetrated by savvy and politically connected operatives” to exploit overseas investors. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the bankruptcy filing by the electric car company cites $7.5 million won by 12 investors and pending lawsuits. It says GreenTech ...

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OSHA fines company after 2 employees die at sewer station

A federal workplace safety agency has fined a Mississippi business nearly $28,000 after two men died while working on a sewer lift station. The Hattiesburg American reports that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration initially proposed fines of $43,000 against Scoggins Welding and Machine Shop of Richland, but reduced them. Employees Terry West, 45, and his son Gage West, ...

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Welcome set for damaged Navy ship as it arrives for repairs

Mississippi residents are being encouraged to come out and wave flags as a damaged U.S. Navy destroyer arrives for repairs. The USS Fitzgerald, damaged in a June collision off Japan that killed seven sailors, is scheduled to arrive Friday morning in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The ship will be repaired at Ingalls Shipbuilding, one of the largest American naval shipyards. The unit ...

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Cal-Maine records $26.1 million loss for quarter after settlement

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods suffered a net loss of $26.1 million, or 54 cents per share, for the second fiscal quarter of 2018 in which the Jackson-based egg producer recorded a $52.8 million after-tax antitrust settlement. The settlement stems from a Sept. 25, 2008 consolidated suit case filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Excluding ...

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Toyota taps Suggs as next president for Blue Springs plant.

Sean Suggs was recently new president at Toyota’s Blue Springs facility. Suggs, who has been vice president of manufacturing, will be dual capped as president and vice president of administration at the assembly plant that builds the Corolla and employs more than 1,550 people. In this role, he will have responsibilities for all manufacturing and administrative operations. Suggs joined Toyota ...

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Milwaukee Tool to invest $33.4 million, create 660 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Milwaukee Tool is expanding operations at its three Mississippi locations, investing $33.4 million and creating 660 jobs over the next four years. The Mississippi Development Authority is providing $15.35 million in grants. The expansions are planned for the company’s plants in Jackson and Greenwood and its distribution center in Olive Branch. Milwaukee Tool Group President Steve Richman ...

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