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Hood: Beware Chinese drywall

JACKSON — Mississippi has received multiple complaints of dangerous imported drywall from China being found in their homes, confirmed Attorney General Jim Hood in hopes of warning more residents of the problem. “Our office has received several complaints on Chinese drywall,” said Hood. “We are investigating these complaints, and encourage other consumers who may be victims to call us. We ...

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Construction material prices rise

WASHINGTON — Prices for construction materials inched up 1 percent in June 2009; however, prices were down 6.1 percent from June 2008. Material prices feeding the increase include prepared asphalt and tar roofing, up 5.6 percent from May and 38.9 percent higher from June 2008. Softwood lumber prices jumped up 1.7 percent in June, but are still down 18.1 percent ...

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City youth participating in program

PASCAGOULA — The City of Pascagoula is once again participating in the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s Urban Youth Corp Program. The Urban Youth Corps Program is a youth employment and training service program, established to: offer meaningful full-time or productive summer work for individuals between the ages of 16 and 25, inclusive, in transportation-related settings; give the participants a mix ...

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Nonprofits get Mississippi Cottages

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mississippi Gulf Coast residents still in need of permanent housing because their lives were uprooted by Hurricane Katrina will soon have another way to obtain a Mississippi Cottage. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) recently awarded 558 Mississippi Cottages to four non-profit organizations and the City of Pascagoula under the Mississippi Alternative Housing Program’s cottage donation ...

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PRS expanding in Houston

JACKSON — Parkway Properties Inc. is expanding its wholly-owned subsidiary, Parkway Realty Services, LLC (PRS) in Houston, Texas, and has added commercial leasing veteran Mark Preston to the Houston team of real estate professionals. PRS was founded in 1983 as a real estate service provider to both third-party clients and the investments for Parkway Properties. With the Houston office expansion, ...

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Roy Anderson to host construction program

GULFPORT — Beginning in September, Roy Anderson Corp, the Mississippi Development Authority, the Surety & Fidelity Association of America and the South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center will present the Model Contractor Development Program in Gulfport. The Model Contractor Development Program is designed to teach small construction contractors the good business practices they need to improve their company’s operations, increase their ...

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Palace unveils major expansion

BILOXI — The Palace Casino Resort has announced a 110,000-square-foot project, of which 64,000 square feet is an expansion of its facilities and amenities. This is the largest casino expansion on the Mississippi Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina. Upon completion of the new construction, the property will include 38,000 square feet of gaming space with more than 1,000 slot machines ...

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Rite-Hite moving plant

HORN LAKE — Rite-Hite Corporation of Milwaukee, Wis., which develops, manufactures and sells loading dock safety systems and industrial door solutions, plans to relocate a manufacturing facility to Horn Lake, bringing more than 50 manufacturing jobs to the state. “On behalf of the City of Horn Lake, we would like to welcome Rite-Hite to our community,” Horn Lake Mayor Nat ...

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MABC gets diversity grant

JACKSON — The Mississippi Associated Builders & Contractors (MABC) has been awarded a $10,000 Chapter Diversity Initiative Grant from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) national office to assist in MABC’s efforts to develop long-term diversity programs. “ABC strives to develop programs that will enhance the construction industry in Mississippi,” said Buddy Edens, MABC president, “This grant will open a new ...

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Construction spending still slumping

WASHINGTON — Residential construction spending slipped 3.5 percent for the month and is down 33.3 percent from May 2008. Overall, total construction spending was down 0.9 percent compared to April and was 11.6 percent lower than levels in May 2008. “Until now, much of the talk about the stimulus package has been just that, talk,” said Associated Builders and Contractors’ ...

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