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Business park still growing after 20 years

For two decades Seaway Business Park in Gulfport has leased commercial office and warehouse space to a growing number of tenants in an expanded footprint. The developers currently are working with a major tenant to introduce its new business concept to the Mississippi Coast. Owner and developer Steve Goldin, said the thriving family-owned business opened in 1997 with 12,000 square ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Save us from doofus driven debacles

“Doofus” is an intriguing and timely word. The Oxford Living Dictionary says it likely originated in North America in the 1960s and suggests it is either an alteration of the word “goofus” or from the Scottish word “doof” meaning dolt. The Online Etymology Dictionary says it is “probably related to doo-doo and goofus.” The definitions range from “a foolish or ...

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Nissan supplier to invest $16.3 million, create 98 jobs

MBJ staff Calsonic Kansei announced on Monday a $16.3 million corporate expansion in Madison, which will create 98 jobs. A supplier to Nissan’s Canton automotive assembly plant, Calsonic Kansei said in a release that the company employs more than 500 at the Nissan location.  The company said new workers will make an average of $52,000 annually. Calsonic is leasing and refitting a former warehouse ...

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History, Civil Rights museums anticipate Dec. 9 openings

By BECKY GILLETTE mbj@msbusiness.com The Mississippi Department of Archives and History recently held a sneak preview of the long-anticipated two Mississippi Museums — the new Museum of Mississippi History (MMH) and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (MCRM) at 222 North St. Groundbreaking on the museums was in October 2013, and the work to obtain artifacts that illustrate the state’s rich history ...

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In April, Meridian’s MAX will expose visitors to state’s music, literature, performing arts

By NASH NUNERY mbj@msbusiness.com After years of planning, and despite hardships incurred from the economic recession and Hurricane Katrina, construction on the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience in Meridian is progressing without a hitch. Better known as The MAX, the 58,000-square-foot evolutionary high-tech museum will expose visitors to Mississippi icons in literature, music, performing, design, and the visual and culinary ...

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Soybeans still the king on the row-crop chess board

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Market conditions and the weather have played their role in the annual shifting of acreage devoted to row crops in Mississippi. Cotton acreage is up 26 percent from 2016. Corn is down 25 percent and rice acreage is down 38 percent. And soybeans are up 10 percent, according to the acreage report from the USDA. But ...

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Po’ Monkey’s still silent a year after Seaberry’s death

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Plans for reopening Po’ Monkey’s Lounge, a famous juke house in the Delta, are up in the air. Daniel Morris, attorney for the Willie Seaberry estate, said in April that Seaberry’s heirs wanted to reopen the place around July 14, the anniversary of the death of Seaberry, aka Po’ Monkey. That didn’t happen. Closing out the ...

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UPDATE: Union vote at Nissan plant set for Aug. 3-4

Workers at Nissan Motor Co.’s Mississippi plant will decide on Aug. 3 and 4 whether the United Auto Workers will represent them. The company and the UAW said Monday that they agree on the dates, subject to National Labor Relations Board approval. Workers favoring the union say collective bargaining would improve pay and working conditions. Nissan management opposes the UAW, ...

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Will Wicker face McDaniel challenge in 2018 Senate race?

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal In the summer of 2014, little-known state Sen. Chris McDaniel came within a political eye lash (one-half percent or 1,720 votes) of defeating the iconic Thad Cochran and putting himself in position to be Mississippi’s next U.S. senator. But McDaniel failed to garner a majority vote in that hot and contentious June Republican Party ...

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