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Automaker makes half-million-dollar donation to schools

CANTON — Canton school officials say a gift from Nissan North America will be used to help at-risk students. Superintendent Dwight Luckett tells The Clarion-Ledger the district will hire specialists to work one-on-one or in small groups with students to help them catch up to grade level in reading, language arts and math. The $500,000 grant will be awarded in ...

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Governor to call special session, related to automobile corridor

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant said yesterday that he will call lawmakers into special session to deal with an economic development project in what he calls the state’s auto corridor. The Commercial Appeal reports Bryant talked about the special session when he was in Oxford for a groundbreaking on an unrelated project. Bryant said he’s trying to determine the starting ...

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Automaker's workforce to get pay raise this fall

CANTON — Nissan Motor Co. will raise pay for its employees in Mississippi and Tennessee. The company has told its employees it will increase their wages starting in October at its Canton and Smyrna, Tenn., assembly plants, as well as its Decherd, Tenn., engine plant. Nissan says pay will go up by 55 cents an hour for production employees and ...

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Nissan-Canton bill passes but blocked from governor's desk

CANTON — The Mississippi House Saturday passed a bill to help finance buildings for suppliers that might locate at Nissan Motor Co.’s plant near Canton. The bill was blocked from going to Gov. Phil Bryant immediately because some House members are seeking a second round of debate. Senate Bill 2920 would allow the Madison County Economic Development Authority to issue ...

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Legislators discussing bonds for Nissan or supplier

CANTON —-Mississippi lawmakers are considering giving a Madison County development agency $100 million in bonding capacity that would be used to construct buildings for Nissan Motor Co. or a supplier of the automaker. The Madison County Economic Development Authority would issue the taxable industrial development bonds, which the occupant would repay. Officials say that creditors would not be able to ...

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Union supporters say officials threaten to close Nissan plant

CANTON — Pro-union workers say Nissan Motor Co. has threatened to close its Canton assembly plant if workers vote for the United Auto Workers to represent them, though the company denies such threats. Such threats would violate federal law, which bars managers from telling employees they’ll close a plant in retaliation for a pro-union vote. “I think the UAW’s allegation ...

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University, steelmaker strike new R&D partnership

STARKVILLE —Mississippi State University and steelmaker Severstal North America (SNA) has established a research partnership aimed at helping grow the region’s high-tech manufacturing economy and foster national and international participation in ferrous alloy education and development. MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems and SNA recently launched the Steel Research Center to establish and operate a steelmaking technology hub. “We plan ...

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Actor joins union protesters at Detroit show

CANTON — Actor Danny Glover has joined supporters of unionization for workers at a Nissan Motor Co. assembly plant in Mississippi demonstrating outside the North American International Auto Show. The Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan protested yesterday next to Detroit’s Cobo Center. The group says workers who show interest in organizing the Japanese carmaker’s plant in Canton are intimidated ...

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Nissan Canton gearing up for 10th anniversary in 2013

CANTON — The Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant is preparing to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2013. The company will commemorate the anniversary with a series of events that highlight the accomplishments of its more than 5,000 employees and underscore its commitment to the Metro Jackson community and Central Mississippi. Dan Bednarzyk , vice president and plant manager at the ...

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Finger-pointing begins in Va. over GreenTech project

HORN LAKE and TUNICA — An electric car firm headed by Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe never provided Virginia officials enough details to obtain economic development incentives, according to an Associated Press review of state records. McAuliffe claimed in a Dec. 5 news conference that the Virginia Economic Development Partnership didn’t want to bid on GreenTech Automotive’s proposed plant ...

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