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Cooper Tire Tupelo, Clarksdale Plants Recognized by MDEQ

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has recognized Cooper Tire’s Tupelo and Clarksdale plants as members of its environmental stewardship enHance initiative. A voluntary program consisting of three-year membership terms, the enHance initiative, which stands for “envision heightened awareness nurturing conservation and environmental excellence,” recognizes committed environmental leaders in Mississippi that put in place environmental initiatives beyond those that are ...

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Seraphim Solar seeking workers for Jackson plant

By JACK WEATHERLY Seraphim Solar USA seeks to double its work force at its Jackson plant. The plant, which started production of solar panels in February 2016, now employs about 30. Approval by two “major residential solar finance companies for their installer networks,” Sungage Financial and Sunnova, has opened the door for expansion of the plant, the Houston-based manufacturer said in ...

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Fred Carl goes small with latest venture

By JACK WEATHERLY It is a market he helped to create. Appointed by then-Gov. Haley Barbour as housing commissioner for Gulf Coast rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Fred Carl Jr. oversaw the designing and building of cottages in a traditional style as a better alternative to trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Association. The so-called Katrina cottages contributed ...

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Helanbak: There and back with precision

By BECKY GILLETTE We all know that the right tool makes the difference, and that is the forte of Helanbak, a precision parts manufacturer which relocated to Columbia in 2014 and manufactures metal products for several industries such as water well drilling, sawmills and firearms. Yolanda and Kristian Agoglia are the owners of the company that designs and manufactures pipe ...

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Chicot Irrigation hires Warren Ayles

Warren Ayles has joined the sales team at Chicot Irrigation and will work out of the Greenwood headquarters. Except for a seven-year stint working in the oil industry in Louisiana, Ayles has been in the irrigation business since 1987. The Clarksdale native started in the industry by installing and servicing center pivots. Chicot Irrigation is a full service irrigation company ...

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Continental Tires hires Quita Bride as communication specialist

Quita Bride has been selected as the Communications Specialist for Continental Tire’s new Greenfield Tire Plant in Mississippi. Bride will be responsible for public relations, employee communications and outreach. Bride, a Vicksburg native, graduated from Jackson State University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a minor in marketing. Collectively, Bride has 13 years of communications experience in public ...

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Fire destroys bathware company’s facility

DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal GOLDEN – A fire early Sunday morning at the 110,000-square-foot Baymont Bathware facility took firefighters nearly all day to put out, but the building was all but destroyed. No one was hurt during the blaze, which started around midnight Saturday. Nearly 150 people work at the plant, and company officials said they hoped to get ...

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State honored by mag for Continental Tire deal

MBJ staff Trade & Industry Development magazine recently awarded the state of Mississippi a 2017 Corporate Investment and Community Impact, or CiCi, Award for Continental Tire. The Hinds County project won in the Corporate Investment category. In February 2016, Continental Tire, manufacturer of passenger, light truck and commercial vehicle tires, announced the company would locate a multi-million-square-foot manufacturing plant in ...

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Chamber recognizes Reed’s Metals

Reed’s Metals was named Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for February. Pictured are Executive Director Garrick Combs and owner/CEO Bernie Reed , along with his staff, Chamber Ambassadors, and city officials. Reed’s Metals began in 1998 and now has 10 locations. Corporate Headquarters are in Brookhaven. Courtesy of Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce

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Mississippi-founded Stein Mart removing mis-labled Ivanka Trump clothing

An apparel company says it accepts responsibility for Ivanka Trump clothing that was relabeled as a different designer. G-III Apparel Group Inc., which is licensed to manufacture clothing under the Ivanka Trump brand, said it was removing the mislabeled items sold at discount retailer Stein Mart. It said the relabeling to Adrienne Vittadini “occurred without the knowledge or consent of ...

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