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Mississippi shipyard union members vote to extend contract

Members of five unions at a Mississippi shipyard that’s part of America’s largest military shipbuilding company have voted in favor of a labor contract extension. Huntington Ingalls Industries said in a news release that the five unions at the Ingalls Shipbuilding division in Pascagoula approved a four-year extension of their collective bargaining agreements on Tuesday. The contract affects employees represented ...

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Yokohama Tire and KaBOOM! Build Third New Playground

Yokohama Tire and KaBOOM!, along with approximately 200 volunteers recently built a eco-friendly playground at Marshall Park in West Point. It will benefit about 700 children. Highlights of the playground build included the installation of new, brightly colored, environmentally safe “Cradle-to-Cradle”-certified playground equipment. Yokohama and KaBOOM! met with local parents and their children in August to help design the playground ...

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MMA names Earl Walker 2017-2018 Chairman of the Board; Alan Sudduth named Secretary-Treasurer

Earl Walker, Senior Director of Government Relations and External Affairs at Airbus Helicopters, Inc. in Columbus, has been named the 2017-2018 Chairman of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association Board of Directors. Alan Sudduth, Public and Government Affairs Manager of Chevron in Pascagoula, was named Secretary-Treasure. Walker’s career began in 2006 with American Eurocopter, Inc. as the Senior Human Resources Manager leading ...

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Lane furniture brand switching parent companies

The Lane furniture brand is being sold from one company to another. United Furniture Industries Inc. says it will buy Lane from Heritage Home Group LLC. The two companies announced the sale in a news release Tuesday without disclosing the price. United Furniture President Larry George says the purchase includes the global rights to the Lane brand, a 750,000-square-foot manufacturing ...

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Tecumseh Products Company expanding in Verona, creating 60 jobs

Tecumseh Products Company is expanding in Verona, investing $1.1 million and creating 60 jobs. Tecumseh, manufacturer of refrigeration and A/C products, is consolidating its Canada operations to Verona. The Verona facility also will begin to manufacture the company’s AK2 line of compressors. Production of the AK2 line began in the second quarter of this year. “Tecumseh is pleased to have ...

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SMW Manufacturing acquires Caterpillar operations in Lafayette County

SMW Manufacturing is taking over operations at the former Caterpillar facility in Lafayette County. The company plans to invest in excess of $15 million and hire up to 50 employees, comprised of predominantly former Caterpillar employees, by the end of 2018. “I am pleased to welcome SMW to Mississippi and appreciate the company for utilizing the skills of the facility’s ...

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Latest failure from Barbour years: Stion to shut down plant in Hattiesburg

By JACK WEATHERLY Stion Corp., the solar panel maker in Hattiesburg, will shut down, the company said in a letter. The San Jose, Calif.-based company’s Hattiesburg facility has been operating since 2012, said in the letter it would “discontinue operations,” Greentech Media, an industry publication, reported on Monday. Stion was one of five alternative-energy projects begun during the administration of Gov. ...

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Toyota to celebrate 10 Years in Mississippi

Toyota’s facility in Blue Springs will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a ‘Back Porch Blues’ concert on Nov. 4. “The progress our team members have made over the past 10 years has been amazing,” Vice President of Administration Mike Botkin said in a release. “Their commitment to quality and safety, plus the unwavering support we have received from the community, ...

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Corinth Coca-Cola completes latest expansion

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Works Inc. has completed its territory expansion into central and northeast Arkansas and the Missouri Bootheel. The family-owned Coca-Cola bottling and distribution company’s expanded territory includes Jonesboro, Paragould, Blytheville, Osceola, Batesville, Newport, Searcy and Heber Springs in Arkansas; and Kennett, Caruthersvill, and Malden in Missouri. This is the third expansion for ...

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MMA, national group are part of new digital marketplace

Special to the MBJ The Mississippi Manufacturers Association and the National Association of Manufacturers, the largest manufacturing trade association in the United States, recently announced the debut of the Manufacturers Marketplace, a first-of-its-kind digital marketplace featuring interactive listings and detailed information on more than 300,000 leading U.S. manufacturers, including 2,500 in Mississippi. “The Manufacturers Marketplace is a valuable tool for ...

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