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Sanderson, other producers sued for alleged price-fixing

By JACK WEATHERLY  Sanderson Farms Inc. and 14 other poultry producers have been sued in federal court for alleged price-fixing. The producers control 90 percent of the nation’s broiler output, valued at $30 billion annually, according to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Broilers constitute 98 percent of the chicken meat in ...

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If Raytheon gets jet contract, assembly plant in Meridian

Raytheon Co . says that if it gets an Air Force contract to build 350 training jets, its assembly plant will be in Mississippi. The Waltham, Massachusetts-based company announced Monday that it has a shovel-ready site in Meridian. “We anticipate the Meridian facility will create hundreds of new jobs,” spokesman B.J. Boling said in an email. A Raytheon radar factory in Forest, Mississippi, ...

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Cuba opportunities, pitfalls dominate MDA trade summit

By JACK WEATHERLY The Republic of Cuba was depicted as a land of opportunity for Mississippi businesses, though with a heightened sense of risk. About 150 people attended the “Doing Business in Cuba Summit” on Thursday at the South Warehouse in Jackson. Speakers at the Mississippi Development Authority event told of a country struggling to emerge from more than a half-century ...

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Avery Products to keep distribution center in Meridian

Avery Products Corp. says it plans to keep its distribution center in Meridian. The Meridian Star reports the company announced Monday that it plans to invest $1 million in its Meridian distribution facility for building improvements and to increase material handling efficiencies. Last September, the company had said it would move the distribution center to the Dallas area in 2017. ...

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UPDATE: $100 million venture in Ellisville commits to creating 150 jobs by 2020

By JACK WEATHERLY Praxair Surface Technologies Inc. and GE Aviation on Monday announced a $100 million joint venture, PG Technologies LLC, in Ellisville. The project is expected to increase employment at the former GE Aviation facility to 250 by 2020, with the potential to grow to 400 jobs. It currently employs 100, according to an email in response to a question ...

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He’s No. 1: Engineer is first Mississippi plant employee

On a 900-acre site that will eventually host a tire factory employing up to 2,500 people, civil engineer Zach Morrow is the lone ranger for now. Hired Aug. 8, the 28-year-old is Continental AG’s first employee at the plant it’s building west of Clinton. “I couldn’t be any more proud to be not just a part of it, but to ...

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Metro Jackson emerging as force in advanced manufacturing automotive category

By TED CARTER Jobs in the metro regions of Jackson and Nashville relating to the automotive industry grew faster than anywhere in the country the past two years, a Brookings Institution analysis of advanced manufacturing found. Metro Jackson’s strong growth in auto-related manufacturing was enough to place it third nationally for growth in overall advanced manufacturing, behind only San Francisco and ...

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Aluminum startup finds going rough in Louisiana, as it did in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY  In February 2015, American Specialty Alloys, which was to build a $1.2 billion plant at Columbus and produce aluminum alloy for automobile bodies, pulled up stakes and decided to seek its fortunes in Louisiana. The startup, which never built the plant and was at odds with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Golden Triangle development agency, LINK, ...

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Manufacturer holds open house at Senatobia plant

By JACK WEATHERLY ABB held an open house on Friday to show off its Senatobia operations that have been going on for about a month. The Swiss-Swedish manufacturer of power and automation equipment expects to have about 100 workers by year’s end and aims for 300 at the end of five years. The Senatobia facility takes the place of an ABB ...

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ABB aims to grow to 500 jobs in Senatobia within 5 years

Swiss firm ABB says its new Tate County plant is a key part of its plan to produce its full range of electrical components for North American customers. Franklin Sullivan, who leads ABB’s electrical components business in North America, said Friday that the company aims to grow from 100 employees now to 500 employees at the Senatobia plant within five ...

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