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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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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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