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Nissan Canton: A driving force for Mississippi’s economy

By ALAN TURNER Recently, the Mississippi Business Journal had the opportunity to tour Nissan’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Canton, and spend some time talking with Steve Marsh, the new Vice President and Plant Manager. Seeing the plant in full operation is an incredible experience.  Nissan conducts tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and they’re pleased to welcome folks of all ages.  ...

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Airport aims to reverse declining passenger numbers

GULFPORT — Officials at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport have so far been unable to stem a four-and-a-half year trend of falling passenger numbers but they are hopeful new grants and partnerships can attract more travelers. In the first five months of 2015, the number of passengers flying into and out of the airport fell by 5.9 percent compared to the ...

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State port’s Katrina relief jobs costly, slow to materialize

GULFPORT — The federal government is giving the state of Mississippi more time to create jobs promised in exchange for more than $566 million in Hurricane Katrina-relief funds. The state Port at Gulfport has used the federal money to restore and expand its West Pier, a project that will not be completed before late 2016 or possibly early 2017, port ...

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Jackson County to replace bridge in Gautier

GAUTIER — Jackson County will spend about $2 million to replace one of Gautier’s oldest bridges. Supervisor Mike Mangum told WLOX-TV in Biloxi  the LaMotte Bayou Bridge received failing grade last year from the state. “This bridge has a lot of years on it, but it has a lot of steel structure underneath it that has deteriorated because of the ...

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Chris Emerson to lead Airbus

Chris Emerson, a veteran Airbus Group executive, has been appointed President and Chief Executive of Airbus Helicopters Inc., effective June 1.  Emerson will also serve as head of Airbus Helicopters North America Region, which includes oversight of both the U.S. subsidiary and Airbus Helicopters Canada. The company’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, Texas, with a manufacturing and ...

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35 Mississippi airports will split $10M in federal grants

JACKSON — The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding more than $10 million in grants that will be divided among 35 Mississippi airports. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said the grants will pay for project to make airports safer and more efficient, such as runway rehabilitation, new lights and new signs. Money is coming from the Airport and ...

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Boeing picks MSU for Composite Research Center

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University and the Boeing Co. have announced the school will be the host for a research center that will lead development on composites the company will eventually use to build its aircraft. The Stitched Resin Infused Composite Research Center will be located at the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory. The University of Southern Mississippi will serve as ...

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Barges long gone, goods moving on Yazoo River decline

GREENWOOD — During the heyday of Greenwood’s cotton markets, paddle-wheel boats carried bales of cotton and other export commodities down the Yazoo River to Vicksburg and on to New Orleans. It’s now been decades since barges worked the upper reaches of the Yazoo River to pick up shipments from Greenwood. Moving grain, fertilizer or other products by boat could dramatically ...

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