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Manufacturer plans $8 million Durant plant expansion, creation of 60 jobs

MBJ staff Automotive service equipment manufacturer Hunter Engineering is expanding operations in Durant. The project is an $8 million corporate investment and will create 60 jobs. Hunter Engineering employs approximately 590 workers in Mississippi, 192 of which are in Durant. The expansion is slated for completion by the end of 2020. Hunter Engineering is a leader in wheel alignment and ...

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Tool firm moving to Ripley, creating 10 jobs

MBJ staff North Mississippi Tool Inc. is relocating its operations from Booneville to Ripley in a $700,000 corporate investment that creates 10 jobs. The company, which specializes in tool and die manufacturing for customers such as Winchester, Plumrose, American Pipe, SMW and CECA, is relocating its operations to better serve its customers. The company is renting a facility from CECA ...

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Northpark owner buys theater, but may repurpose

By Jack Weatherly No one was in a hurry to buy the building that houses the UA Northpark 14. That was obvious after its owner, United Development Co. of Southlake, Texas, put it on the market in early 2016. It failed to get a buyer in more than two years. The owner then tried to auction the 36,000-square-foot building and ...

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ALAN TURNER: Great golf, just around the corner

I talked recently with Steve Jent, Tournament Director for the Sanderson Farms Championship which is now coming up, just around the corner. This year’s tournament will be held at the Jackson Country Club on October 22-28. From Steve’s description, it looks to be another great year for the tournament. Steve Jent “We’ll have more than 130 players this year,” he ...

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‘Leadership Lafayette’ team recognizes 27 leaders, presents award

Twenty-seven local leaders take their fine-tuned skills into the community after graduating from the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce’s 30th annual Leadership Lafayette Program on Aug. 23. The eight-month program is centered around enhancing teamwork, generating and executing new ideas and serving the local community. “I’m extremely honored each year to be apart of such a prestigious group of leaders ...

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Lehman-Roberts Co. asphalt plants in Mississippi recognized by National Asphalt Pavement Association

Lehman-Roberts Co., a highway paving, construction and aggregate industry, recently announced two of its plants have earned Diamond Achievement Commendation by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA). Plant 10 in Byhalia and Plant 7 in Batesville were honored with the Diamond Achievement Commendation for Excellence in Asphalt Plant/Site Operations. The Diamond Achievement Commendation is a nationally recognized and respected program ...

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Vicksburg District selects chief for the Programs Management Branch

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District has selected Alainna O’Bannon as chief of its programs management branch of the project management division. O’Bannon’s job duties include developing and defending the federal budget and preparing the fiscal year work plan execution. Prior to this assignment, O’Bannon was the operations and maintenance appropriation manager at the Mississippi Valley Division which ...

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Officers elected to Mississippi Main Street Board of Director

Ed Garner A new slate of executive officers has been elected to the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) Board of Directors. The new member and officers were elected at the recent annual awards meeting held in Jackson. Ed Gardner of Entergy Mississippi in Jackson has been elected as the MMSA Board President for 2018-2019. “The Main Street program is essential ...

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Southern AgCredit hires office assistant in Greenville

Southern AgCredit, a rural lending cooperative, recently hired Jenna Peyton as office administrator in its Greenville office. Peyton, who holds a BBA from Middle Tennessee State University, has been a stay-at-home mom for the past four years. Previously, she was the program coordinator of a senior outpatient program for Sharkey-Issaquena Community Hospital. Originally from Dyersburg, Tenn., Peyton has lived in ...

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ACEC/MS, installs new 2018-2019 officers

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Mississippi (ACEC/MS) has installed their new officers for 2018-2019. Their new president, Allen Scott, is with Engineering Service in Rich-land. He is a 1979 graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and later obtained a Master of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, also from ...

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