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U.S. HVAC hit hard by worker shortage

By TED CARTER Perhaps there’s no happier sight for a Mississippian with a broken air conditioner in July or kaput heating system in January than the arrival of an HVAC professional. So why does the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry suffer from low self-esteem and difficulties attracting new workers? Call it the “left behind” skill set, says Erin McCollum, ...

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Copiah-Lincoln Community College sees steady enrollment in HVAC

By TED CARTER Eighteen schools in Mississippi are giving assistance to a U.S. heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry starved for new workers. The schools, most of which are community colleges, offer programs designed to address a skills gap that could stall commercial and residential construction in Mississippi if not filled. At the Wesson campus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College, 20 ...

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Mississippi shortage of construction workers becoming more acute

By BECKY GILLETTE With U.S. unemployment rates at the lowest levels seen in 17 years, the shortage of Mississippi construction workers has gone from bad to worse. Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF) President Mike Barkett said the construction worker shortage has become more acute because the economy has picked up. “There are more and more opportunities for construction contracts, but ...

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Margaritaville Resort amusement park ‘will reshape the traditional landscape of Biloxi’

By BECKY GILLETTE What could be more fun than hanging out at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Resort and Hotel in Biloxi? It might be enjoying the beachside amusement park that is currently planned next to the Margaritaville located on Point Cadet. Milton Segarra, CEO, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, said by definition amusement parks are exciting. That is even more true when ...

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County Line at Ridgewood to get two restaurants

By JACK WEATHERLY The northwest corner of County Line Road at Ridgewood Road will soon awaken after years of dormancy. The busy intersection has had no reason to stop for a bite at the Ridgeland quadrant of the crossroads. One Ridgeland restaurant location has been vacant for two decades and another next to it that has been empty for several ...

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Hattiesburg Clinic starts work on facilities  

By JACK WEATHERLY The Hattiesburg Clinic broke ground Wednesday for two facilities at its Tatum Park campus, located off Veterans Memorial Highway, Highway 11, in Hattiesburg. One is a two-story, 57,221-square-foot orthopedics and sports medicine building that will house clinical practice space for 14 orthopedic providers, a 9,000-square-foot physical therapy suite, community conference center and an imaging suite. The facility ...

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Group set to start work on US 49 south of Jackson

Michael Baker International, has partnered with the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) to reconstruct an eight-mile stretch of U.S. Route 49 in the Jackson metro area. The firm was awarded the $19.3 million Construction Engineering and Inspection (CE&I) contract in late 2017 and will prioritize safety, communication and efficiency to complete the complex project. The roadway is a primary arterial ...

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