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Cal-Maine profits take major hit thanks to lingering effects of flu

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods dodged the avian flu outbreak that reduced the nation’s egg production in 2015 by 10 percent. Yet the Jackson-based firm, the largest producer of shell eggs in the United States, continues to deal with the ripples caused by the influenza Net sales for the company’s second fiscal quarter, which ended Nov. 26, were $253.5 million, ...

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State wins ‘deal of year’ for landing Continental

Mississippi has been awarded Business Facilities’ 2016 Economic Development Deal of the Year for recruiting Continental Tire’s commercial vehicle tire manufacturing plant to Hinds County. Continental Tire announced in February 2016 it will locate in Mississippi, a $1.45 billion investment creating 2,500 jobs over the next decade. In addition, the project is estimated to create 2,740 indirect and more than ...

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DENNIS SEID: Toyota has reasons for building elsewhere

Last week, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that if Toyota goes ahead with plans to build the Corolla sedan at a new factory in Mexico instead of the U.S., it could be hit with a “big border tax” when the cars are shipped north. But Toyota – and other automakers – have their reasons for spreading the wealth when it comes ...

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Ergon possibly linked to Corpus Christi spill

A chemical leak from an asphalt plant that led Corpus Christi officials to warn residents this week not to drink the water was apparently reported a week earlier, according to an email from a state environmental official that was obtained Friday. The internal email sent Wednesday by Susan Clewis, a regional director for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, contained ...

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’60 Minutes’ effect: showers of positive news on Golden Triangle

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi got the nation’s attention Sunday night – and it was all positive. CBS’ “60 Minutes” focused on the economic strides of the Golden Triangle, whose points are Starkville, Columbus and West Point. And it revolved around Joe Max Higgins, the colorful chief executive of LINK, the economic development agency for the area. Higgins said on Monday he was surprised ...

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Mississippi shipyard gets $44M addition to contract

Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula has been given a nearly $44 million addition to a previous contract. The Sun Herald reports the contract is for long lead time material and engineering and pre-production activities for construction of a DDG-125 ship. About 27 percent of the work will be done in Pascagoula. The rest of the work will be done in Indianapolis, ...

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Crankshaft maker ready to crank up in January

By JACK WEATHERLY Feuer Powertrain GMBH will start making crankshafts in January, it announced recently. The $140 million private investment is expected to employ 300. About 100 are on board now, as the R0binsonville (Tunica County) facility has ramped up this year. Public investment totals $27.5 million from and through the Mississippi Development Authority. Those investments include a $10 million grant ...

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Mississippi: Electric car maker makes overdue loan payment

Mississippi officials say an electric car maker has made an overdue payment on its state loan. Jeff Rent, a spokesman for the Mississippi Development Authority, said Wednesday GreenTech Automotive made a $150,000 payment this week. The state extended until Monday the deadline for the first payment on a $3 million state loan, originally due June 30. The loan agreement calls ...

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New Pepsico facility will bring 60 jobs to Leflore County

Pepsico is coming to Leflore County and bringing with it 60 new jobs. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the announcement of the construction of a new warehouse and distribution facility, which should be operational by mid2017, was made this week by Jennifer Ryan, director ofcommunications for the soft drink giant. Wayne Self, president of the Leflore County Board of Supervisors, said that luring Pepsico was a 24month effort. Construction on the warehouse, located on U.S. 82 West, is underway.

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Tire plant breaks ground amid concerns over local contracts

Mississippi and Continental AG leaders are celebrating the start of construction of the German company’s $1.45 billion tire plant west of Jackson. But U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson added his voice at the ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday to those concerned about steering as much of the construction work as possible to local and minority-owned businesses. The plant is supposed to grow to ...

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