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Yokohama tire plant fires 29 for fake work certificates

A Mississippi tire factory says it has fired 29 employees for using fake worker certifications to get jobs. The unit Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. tells WCBI-TV that the workers didn’t meet requirements to get a job at the West Point plant. The Japanese company says it’s investigating and has created safeguards to prevent it from happening again. The workers obtained fraudulent certificates ...

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Yokohama off and running for Clay County

By NASH NUNNERY Nearly three years ago, Yokohama Tire Corp. president Hikomitsu Noji compared his company’s relationship with Mississippi to “a marriage…and we are proud parents of our first child.” That “child”, officially known as Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi, is now a toddler. The $300 million commercial tire manufacturing facility, built on a 570-acre site carved out of pasture land ...

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Poultry processor announces 300 jobs in West Point

Peco Foods, the nation’s eighth-largest poultry producer, is opening operations in West Point. The company is investing $40 million in the project and will create 300 jobs in the Golden Triangle over the next four years. Peco Foods is acquiring the 185,000-square-foot warehouse formerly occupied by AmeriCold and strategically located on 37 acres near interstate and major rail corridors. The ...

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Mississippi officials seek $50M plant that would hire 300

Officials in a northeast Mississippi city are courting a company they say would invest $50 million and create 300 jobs over four years. West Point selectmen and Clay County supervisors met Tuesday to offer incentives. They tell the Daily Times Leader that the unnamed company would buy a vacant cold storage warehouse and renovate it. Officials are offering 10-year property tax breaks, ...

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West Point woman arraigned on insurance, wire fraud charges

Attorney General Jim Hood says a 27-year-old West Point woman faces charges of insurance fraud and wire fraud. Hood said in a news release Tuesday Georgenna Edwards was indicted in April by a Clay County grand jury on one count of insurance fraud and one count of wire fraud. She was formally charged Monday. The indictment alleges that Edwards submitted ...

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Production ends at company’s West Point manufacturing plant

A company that once was one of the largest employers in a north Mississippi city has ended production at a manufacturing plant. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that approximately 165 workers were affected by production ending Wednesday at the West Point plant owned by North Carolina-based Babcock & Wilcox. An additional 50 workers are still helping with the “wind ...

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Yokohama Tire opens $300 million plant in Clay County; 260 have been hired toward first phase goal of 500

By JACK WEATHERLY  Yokohama Tire Manufacturing on Monday started production at its new $300 million commercial truck tire facility in West Point. The Tokyo-based manufacturer has already hired 260 workers and expects to reach 500 in the first phase of its operation, with the possibility of expanding to 2,000 employees in subsequent phases. Just a little over 24 months after ...

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Yokohama Tire opens $300 million plant in Clay County; 260 hired toward first phase goal of 500

Jack Weatherly Yokohama Tire Manufacturing on Monday started production at its new $300 million commercial truck tire facility in West Point. The Tokyo-based manufacturer has already hired 260 workers and expects to reach 500 in the first phase of its operation, with the possibility of expanding to 2,000 employees in subsequent phases. Just a little over 24 months after breaking ...

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Company demolishing ex-Bryan Foods plant fined over asbestos

WEST POINT — The company that’s tearing down the former Bryan Foods complex in West Point is paying a civil fine for failing to control for asbestos. Kohart Surplus and Salvage has agreed to pay $7,500 to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, as well as to hire a certified contractor to remove or abate debris on the site that ...

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Poor conditions of schools could spur more consolidation debate

JACKSON — Reports of decrepit buildings, illiterate high school students and bloated employee rolls could fuel another round of school district consolidation by the Mississippi Legislature. Bob Strebeck, who runs the Leflore County system since the state took control last year, told Senate Education Committee members yesterday that conditions in the 2,800-student system are the worst he’s seen in six ...

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