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American Specialties Alloys names chief operating officer

By Jack Weatherly American Specialty Alloys has been coy about where it will build its $1.2 billion aluminum plant — which, by all appearances, is planned for Columbus — but it has made a bold move in naming its chief operations officer. Robert D. Smith had been managing director for the Danieli Corp.’s North America operations. Italy-based Danieli designs, makes ...

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Ecolab reducing Columbus workforce

COLUMBUS — Ecolab will lay off 66 workers in Columbus over the next several months as the company shifts some of its operations to a new facility in Jacksonville, Florida. Company spokesman Roman Blahoski said Columbus employees were informed of the decision this past week. He says the company is moving its manufacturing and logistics and some related positions to Florida. The ...

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Siemens paying fine for waste and emergency plan violations

COLUMBUS — A contractor for the Steel Dynamics mill in Columbus is paying a $61,867 civil fine for environmental violations relating to hazardous waste and emergency readiness. Siemens Industry Metal Technologies agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The unit of German industrial giant Siemens maintains steel casting equipment for Steel Dynamics. A Nov. 24 ...

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Analysis: Questions linger on potential Columbus aluminum mill

By JEFF AMY The strange recruitment of a potential $1.2 billion aluminum mill rolls on. American Specialty Alloys had promised to announce a site and a financing plan by the end of the year. The company sparked a lot of speculation by putting a countdown clock on its website that ended at 7 p.m. December 19. But Chief Marketing Officer ...

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Baptist Golden Triangle approved for renovations

COLUMBUS — Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle has won state approval for part of a planned overhaul. The Mississippi State Department of Health said in a news release that it has approved a certificate of need allowing the Columbus hospital to move its pharmacy, enlarge an existing operating room and build space for a satellite pharmacy in its surgical department. The ...

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State economic development leaders optimistic of 2015

State business and economic development leaders are optimistic that the sluggish economic recovery from the 2008 recession will kick into high gear in 2015. At 7.6 percent, Mississippi had the second highest unemployment rate in the country in November. But that is a significant improvement from rates of more than 10 percent in 2011, and there are signs that employment ...

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Hyatt-Place is Columbus’ newest hotel option

The Columbus and Lowndes County hospitality market is continuing a growth spurt with the opening of a Hyatt- Place Hotel that joins a new prototype Hampton Inn scheduled to open next month. Those properties follow a Courtyard By Marriot and a Fairfield Inn that have opened in the last three years. Hyatt-Place Columbus is only the second Hyatt in Mississippi, ...

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LTE: With tax cuts, Gov. Bryant dismissive of least of us

  Editor, Gov. Bryant’s plan to cut taxes is an irresponsible and callous appeal to the worst instincts of Mississippians – personal gain at the expense of the greater good. Our state rates last or near last in too many categories to list and “extra” money could be used to at least make some attempt to address those serious issues ...

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(UPDATE) Gov. Bryant: $1.2 billion aluminum plant is a very exciting proposition for the state of Mississippi

by Jack Weatherly Pittsburgh-based American Specialty Alloys issued a news release Monday saying that it is planning to build a $1.2 billion, aluminum mini-mill “in the Southeastern United States.” While not naming the exact location in the release, the company has applied with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for permission to prepare a site on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway at Columbus. ...

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