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Cal-Maine Foods is country’s largest producer of eggs

Cal-Maine Foods, based in Jackson, is one of Mississippi’s leading business success stories. It began in 1957 when Fred Adams became involved with broiler and egg production and started Adam Enterprises. The 1969 merger with Dairy Fresh of California and Maine Egg Farm formed Cal-Maine with 14 locations. Since that time, Cal-Maine Foods has grown primarily through acquisition. Today, Cal-Maine ...

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Sanderson Farms is third-largest poultry producer in U.S.

Sanderson Farms has grown from a small farm supply store in Laurel to a large publicly-traded company that makes Mississippi proud. The company is now the country’s third-largest poultry producer with 11,700 employees and 800 chicken growers across five states. It’s still headquartered in Laurel where D.R. Sanderson, D.R. Sanderson Jr. and Joe Frank Sanderson opened a store in 1947 ...

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MISSISSIPPI'S TOP 100 — A ‘one-time list’ now in 25th edition

» Both companies and research-gathering have changed since first list in 1989 It was 1989 when the Mississippi Business Journal first decided to compile a list of the top state’s top privately held business. It was published as the “Mississippi 100,” and it would become an annual event. And this is the 25th edition of the “Mississippi 100.” The list ...

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Yates among nation’s top builders

The recent recession has been tough on the construction industry, but the Yates Companies has fared very well during the economic slump maintaining annual revenues averaging $1.5 billion over the past few years. “We have maintained our annual revenues during the recession and over the past couple of years have seen that volume start to go up,” said Jared Fuller, ...

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Howard Industries — Laurel business has become a global leader

Howard Industries, one of Mississippi’s top 100 companies, is well on its way to becoming one of the country’s and world’s leading companies. Based in Laurel, the innovative powerhouse has grown from a manufacturer of single phase poles with 100 employees to a billion-dollar, multi-product company with more than 1,000 employees. The company was started in 1968 by Billy W. ...

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Mississippi's economic growth gets national attention

Historically, economic growth is not a term that nation’s analysts have quickly associated with Mississippi, but the outlook might be improving on several fronts. According to Gov. Phil Bryant’s office, the American Legislative Exchange Council recently placed Mississippi among the Top 10 states for overall economic outlook for 2013, and the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity named Mississippi fifth for ...

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When governor asked, Sanderson Farms agreed to back pro tournament for this year

When Mississippi was at risk of losing a big, revenue-generating golf tournament, Sanderson Farms stepped up to accept the sponsorship and keep it going. The Sanderson Farms Championship is the new name of the tournament formerly known as the Viking Classic. The tournament will be played July 18-20 at Annandale Country Club in Madison. “When Viking dropped the sponsorship, Gov. ...

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Legislation, weak economy make it difficult for Mississippi companies to go public

The last Mississippi company to go public was The First Bancshares Inc. in 1996. Only four Mississippi-based companies have gone public since 1950. And since the 1990s, the number of public companies in Mississippi has dropped a significant amount. Experts say the reason more companies in Mississippi and elsewhere in the country aren’t going public is the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. “Sarbanes ...

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Staplcotn has staying power on Mississippi 100

Greenwood-based cotton cooperative Staplcotn landed at third on the 2012 Mississippi 100, posting $933 million in revenue in the process. It’s a good way to start the third year on the job for CEO Meredith Allen, who took over the oldest and largest cotton marketing cooperative in the U.S. in late summer 2010. “(It’s been) challenging and, at the same ...

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