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Upbeat message given — Southern Automotive Conference hosted professionals from across the country

The annual Southern Automotive Conference in Biloxi began sessions with an upbeat economic presentation and wound down with the Mississippi blues. In between, participants heard about workforce. Peter Ricchiuti, founder and director of the Burkenroad Reports at Tulane University, opened the two-day meeting at Beau Rivage last week by telling his audience, “Don’t take any of this too seriously.” Ricchiuti ...

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Southern automotive industry salutes National Manufacturing Day

“Happy Manufacturing Day to you,” Melanie Stover of The Manufacturing Institute greeted participants on the closing day of the 2013 Southern Automotive Conference at Beau Rivage in Biloxi. “It’s my favorite holiday.” Stover and her fellow conference participants laughed at the line but couldn’t be more serious about the importance of manufacturing and its economic impact. Mississippi, the host for ...

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Southern Automotive Conference begins with an upbeat message

By Lisa Monti  The annual Southern Automotive Conference in Biloxi began Thursday sessions with an upbeat economic presentation and wound down with the Mississippi blues. In between, participants heard about workforce, something and something. Peter Ricchiuti, founder and director of the Burkenroad Reports at Tulane University, opened the two day meeting at Beau Rivage by telling his audience, “Don’t take ...

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High-tech jobs come along with new Tunica plant

By Lisa Monti The German automotive components company that broke ground last week in Tunica County will create about 300 advanced manufacturing jobs similar to the ones in another German plant that recently opened in the county. Feuer Powertrain GmbH will invest $140 million in its Tunica facility, which will manufacture crankshafts for the automotive and transportation industry. The crankshafts ...

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Nissan's U.S. sales down, but Canton-made vehicles roar

Nissan is reporting decreased sales in September in the U.S., but units moved from the company’s plant in Canton did well. Nissan’s U.S. sales in September totaled 86,868, down 5.5 percent from last year’s total of 91,907. Nissan Division sales finished at 77,828 units, a decrease of 5.6 percent. Sales of Infiniti vehicles totaled 9,040 units, down 4.3 percent. In ...

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Toyota to begin exporting Corollas to Latin America, Caribbean

BLUE SPRINGS — Toyota says it will begin sending U.S.-built Corolla sedans to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean starting next year. The world’s biggest car maker said today that production of the U.S.-built vehicles is set to start at its Blue Springs plant near Tupelo in April 2014. Toyota Motors Corp. expects to export more than 7,500 ...

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Have you checked your car's airbags lately?

It’s one thing to traffic counterfeit handbags; it’s quite another to deal in bogus airbags. Yes, airbags — those things that are supposed to save lives in the event of a car accident! Turns out it’s a bigger issue than one might think. Fortunately, some groups are working to remedy the problem with a Mississippian playing a lead role. The ...

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German automotive component-maker breaks ground in Delta

A German automotive components company has broken ground in the Delta for a new plant. Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Feuer Powertrain GmbH held an announcement and groundbreaking ceremony today in Tunica at the future site of the company’s first U.S. manufacturing operations. The project represents a $140-million corporate investment and will create 300 new jobs, according to the Mississippi ...

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Mississippi to host Southern Automotive Conference

Mississippi economic development leaders tout the state’s location as “the heart of the Southern Automotive Corridor.” Next month the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association will host the annual Southern Automotive Conference and organizers expect a packed house at Beau Rivage in Biloxi. The joint conference Oct. 2-4 with the Alabama and Tennessee auto manufacturers will carry the theme “In the Driver’s ...

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Will the GreenTech project survive investigation, challenges?

TUNICA — It seemed like a win for everyone involved when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in the Mississippi Delta, hire thousands of people and pump out a brand new line of fuel-efficient vehicles. GreenTech Automotive Inc. announced in 2009 production would start in three years and ...

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