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Waller to be interim CEO for MEC as Wilson Prepares to Retire

Scott Waller has been named Interim President & CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council effective May 1, in preparation for the planned retirement of 19-year CEO Blake Wilson on June 16, after a 47-year career, 37 in association work. A native of Shubuta and a graduate of Mississippi State University, Waller is in his 11th year on staff at MEC, ...

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Nancy Carpenter named MBJ’s Business Woman of the Year

Nancy Luke Carpenter, CEO of Visit Columbus, was named Mississippi’s Business Woman of the Year for 2017 Thursday by the Mississippi Business Journal. Carpenter was joined by 10 finalists and 39 other honorees at an event at the Old Capitol Inn in Downtown Jackson.In 1971 Carpenter began her banking career with Unifirst Bank as Vice President.  She served as Grant Chairman of the Junior ...

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Shortage of construction workers in state expected to grow to 80,000 in 2 years

By BECKY GILLETTE The issue of work-force availability in the construction trades continues to be an issue in Mississippi due to many workers retiring combined with fewer young people choosing a career in construction. “Finding adequate labor is definitely an issue, especially with bigger contracts,” said Bob Wilson, executive director, Associated General Contractors of Mississippi. “It is not as acute ...

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Seraphim Solar lets the sunshine in with tour of plant

By JACK WEATHERLY At last, the sun has broken through and shed light on the solar-panel maker in west Jackson. Seraphim Solar USA started making panels in February 2016 after it got its first order, according to production manager Jake Pixler. The Mississippi Business Journal last was able to report on the project in April 2016, after it was announced ...

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GM named for new Westin hotel in downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY A veteran in the hospitality industry has been selected as general manager of the Westin Jackson hotel, according to Wischermann Partners, the operator. Mike Burton will oversee operations of the 204-room hotel at 315 Tombigbee St. in downtown, which, according to the Westin website, is scheduled to open Aug. 3 – one day after the hoped-for Southern ...

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Sanderson, other processors sued for alleged price-fixing

By JACK WEATHERLY Former contract chicken growers have filed suit against major processors, including Laurel-based Sanderson Farms Inc., seeking damages for what they contend is price fixing that squeezed them out of their livelihood. The other defendants are Tyson Foods Inc., Pilgrim Pride Corp., Perdue Farms and Koch Foods Inc. The suit was filed Jan. 27 in the U.S. District ...

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Camgian Microsystems adds 10 engineers to team

By JACK WEATHERLY Camgian Microsystems Inc. added 10 engineers to its team in 2016 to support its growing product development and project efforts, the company said in a release. The new full-time members of Starkville-based Camgian’s technical staff are a mix of experienced professionals and recent college graduates. They are top engineering graduates from Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering and ...

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Staffing symposium set for Feb. 23

by LISA MONTI The 2017 American Staffing Association Mississippi Council Symposium will be held Feb. 23 at 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. at the Jackson Hilton Garden Inn, located in The Dogwood shopping area of Flowood The agenda for the second annual symposium on staffing, recruiting and workforce solutions will include presentations on how the staffing industry can help Mississippi employment and ...

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BUSINESS SHOWCASE — MEDIR: Safeguarding Mississippi’s vital records

There were many hard and painful lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina. Among those lessons was just how vulnerable many of Mississippi’s public records were…..vulnerable to floods, fires, and storms. There is one Mississippi company who has been instrumental in finding solutions to this potentially serious issue. Recently, I had the opportunity to get acquainted with Richard Greenlee, the founder and ...

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No one is thinking about your business, they’re too busy thinking about movies

There are people who watch the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner every week for the sole purpose of determining whether the main character, Rick Deckard, is a human or a replicant (the film’s word for android). It’s a 35-year-old argument among science-fiction fans. “Is Deckard a replicant?” But Scott, director of the movie, has answered the question with surprisingly ...

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