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Harris Constructors Inc.

The motto for Harris Constructors Inc. is “on time, on budget.” More importantly, providing construction of the highest quality as opposed to being the largest construction company in Mississippi is the goal of Harris president David Harris, who launched the Ridgeland company 20 years ago. “I felt like the Lord was leading me away from another construction company to start ...

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Long Electric Company

If you live in the Jackson area, you’ve probably seen their television commercials and heard the catchy tag line — ‘when things go wrong…call Long.’” Not much has gone wrong for Long Electric Company since opening its doors in 1984. In business a quarter of a century, Long Electric offers a variety of services that include electric, heating and air ...

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The Merchants Company

The Merchants Company was founded in Hattiesburg in 1904, by a small group of lumber mill owners as a commissary for their lumber operations. The company now has 585 employees, more than 300 of which are employed in Mississippi. Merchants is one of the nation’s fastest growing broad-line food service distributors, serving 10 southeastern states and more than 6,000 businesses. ...

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Camellia Home Health & Hospice

When W.A. Payne was a student at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1974, he leased a one-room office in Hattiesburg to provide home health services in South Mississippi. From those humble beginnings, Camellia Home Health and Hospice was launched and now boasts 16 home health locations covering 30 counties in Mississippi, five Louisiana parishes and the six greater metropolitan ...

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Cobb Environmental and Technical Services

With a $40,000 small business loan, Brian Cobb opened Cobb Environmental & Technical Services (CETS) after getting some unsolicited advice from his father. After working for one of the nation’s leading independent petroleum retailers as an environmental and construction manager for over 20 years, Cobb was at a crossroads when his dad, Jim, suggested he return to his native Northeast ...

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Blacklidge Emulsions Inc.

Ronald Blacklidge had a vision. After years of owning various water and sewer companies, he set forth in motion a plan to produce high-quality asphalt emulsions, crumb rubber and polymer modified asphalt cements, sealcoats and cold applied coatings. Blacklidge’s vision turned into reality when he founded Blacklidge Emulsions Inc. “We’ve experienced a rapid growth since the early 2000s,” said Blacklidge ...

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Mississippi Health Partners

Mississippi Health Partners was founded in 1993 by leaders of Baptist Medical Center and St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital in Jackson as a response to community need. MHP now has managed care contracts covering nearly 122,000 lives. Mississippi Health Partners is a managed care organization committed to providing access to quality healthcare at lower costs for employers and their employees. Mississippi ...

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Jones Lumbar Company Inc.

When Lloyd Jones began his lumber business in 1949, he started with one tiny sawmill and a logging crew.  From those humble beginnings, Jones began to grow the business one sawmill at a time while becoming involved in other areas of the timber industry. Today, Jones Lumber Company exemplifies the benefits of diversification and self-sufficiency in a niche industry. Based ...

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Spinal USA

Spinal USA started operating in 2003 out of a bedroom with the idea of becoming a medical device company that made and sold its own products. In March 2005, Spinal USA was distributing medical devices and developing its own line of products. That’s when Spinal USA president Jeffrey Johnson partnered with Dr. Pat Barrett, an orthopedic spine surgeon in Jackson ...

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Jackson/Newell Paper Companies

The good folks at Jackson/Newell Paper Company say they feel that the future is very bright for their company and for their product. Propelled by a vision to continue to grow by increasing sales to existing customers, winning new customers and acquiring competitive firms, Jackson/Newell says that taking care of the customer is their key to growth in the coming ...

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