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Mississippi bathtub maker reopens after fire, adding 20 jobs

A company that makes fiberglass showers and bathtubs is reopening in northeast Mississippi after a fire, and will add 20 jobs with a $1.5 million investment. Baymont Bathware, a unit of Indiana-based Patrick Industries, announced the plans Wednesday. The company had 151 workers before a May fire. It has 89 workers now, but is pledging to reach 171 workers by ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Is Amazon becoming the new local job killer?

Rural communities just thought Wal-Mart was the great job killer. Now comes Amazon.   “If Amazon continues to grow its business by $20 billion a year, the annual toll of lost jobs for merchants, buyers and cashiers will be in the tens of thousands by my calculations,” is the spin on Amazon by Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at 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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Demolition moves forward to make way for Fondren hotel

By JACK WEATHERLY The dust is rising with on the demolition of property on the two-acre site for a 125-guestroom Homewood Suites. Of particular interest was the so-called Fondren House, which dated to the early 20th century. While “contributing” to the history of the Fondren Downtown Business District, it was not protected by historical status from being moved or razed. ...

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Florida water bottler buys Mississippi plant, adds workers

A Florida water bottler is expanding after buying a Mississippi operation in February. Silver Springs Bottled Water Co. of Ocala, Florida, said Thursday that it’s adding 15 workers to 29 now employed at RealPure Bottling Co. in Magee, Mississippi. The company is spending $19.75 million to buy and renovate the former Shooting Star Beverages. RealPure draws water from McNair Springs ...

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Metro economic growth in Mississippi lags the nation in 2016

Economic growth in Mississippi’s three metropolitan areas lagged the national average in 2016. Numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Commerce Department show the economy shrank slightly in the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula metro area, while it was flat in metro Jackson and grew in Hattiesburg. The Mississippi Gulf Coast economy shrank 0.5 percent, 295th of 382 metro areas. Driving declines were professional business services, ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: Become involved in serving your community

Sooner or later, successful business persons will be asked to serve on a nonprofit board of directors.  Such service can be rewarding, but the outcome can be miserable if there is a bad match between board member and organization. To help avoid a potential bad experience and to help you evaluate whether you and the organization are a good match, the ...

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Baptist to bring 250 jobs to downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Baptist Memorial Health Care will move 250 jobs to downtown Jackson, the hospital announced Thursday. Sixty of those jobs will be new and all of them will comprise the hospital system’s business operations center. Baptist will lease four floors, 41,000 square feet, of the Regions Plaza building at 210 E. Capitol St. “This new office will centralize the ...

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