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Abby Manufacturing investing $324K, adding 10 jobs

WALNUT – Fabricated steel and aluminum products manufacturer Abby Manufacturing is adding 10 jobs and investing $324,000 at its facility here. The expansion, which adds new equipment, will increase the number of employees in Walnut to 130 Abby produces for agriculture, construction, transportation and military industries worldwide. The addition of a recently acquired laser cutting machine and press brake will ...

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Mississippi shipyard rebuilds area hit by Hurricane Katrina

One of Mississippi’s largest employers, a shipyard that builds vessels for the Navy and Coast Guard, announced Thursday that it is rebuilding and reopening part of its operation that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Virginia-based Huntington Ingalls Industries said Ingalls Shipbuilding is reconstructing a shipyard in Pascagoula over the next two years. The yard on the east bank ...

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More than $90M awarded for Coast Guard cutter contract

Recently retired U.S. Senator Thad Cochran announced a multimillion-dollar contract for the U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter 10. Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula will provide the work for the more than $90 million contract, The Clarion-Ledger reported Sunday. Cochran said in a news release that the Department of Homeland Security contract award to Huntington Ingalls comes less than a week ...

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Scheduling issues cause Georgia Pacific workers to strike

Some Georgia Pacific workers in Taylorsville, Mississippi, are on strike over scheduling issues after nearly a year of negotiating. Carpenters Local 2086 Union representative Marcus McLaurin tells WDAM-TV that employees are unable to schedule vacations or know when they aren’t scheduled to work. The strike started Wednesday night at 11 p.m. and is ongoing. The union representative says the workers plan to ...

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WestRock adding 25 jobs with plant upgrade

  SALTILLO – Bigger isn’t always better, but in the case of paper and packaging provider WestRock, installing a 132-inch corrugator – the largest in the Western Hemisphere – fits the bill. Company officials announced on Wednesday that the company’s Saltillo location will have the equipment installed by August. WestRock declined to put a value on the cost of the ...

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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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