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Furniture Market date moved, exhibitors could be lost

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The spring Tupelo Furniture Market, originally scheduled for mid-February, will now be held Jan. 16-19. The fall market will be Aug. 15-18 as planned. TFM president Kevin Seddon tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal the move means the Tupelo date also will be bracketed by the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market (Jan. 8-15) and the ...

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Furniture maker opening another facility; creating 60 jobs

VERONA — Ashley Furniture Industries is locating operations in a 275,000-square-foot facility in Verona, and will create 60 jobs at its new facility, according to the Mississippi Development Authority. Ashley Furniture maintains manufacturing operations in Ecru and Ripley. The furniture manufacturer will use its new Verona facility, which is located on a 35-acre site in the Tupelo-Lee Industrial Park South ...

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Companies invited to Mexico for furniture trade show

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is inviting Mississippi businesses to participate in Magna Expo Mueblera, a Mexican supplier show for the furniture industry, to be held Jan. 23-26, 2013, in Mexico City, Mexico. The show will connect participating Mississippi companies in the home/office furniture and furniture supplies industries with business opportunities in Latin America. During the ...

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Investment company acquires JBHM Education Group

JACKSON — Weld North Holdings LLC, an investment company based in New York, has acquired a 100 percent interest in JBHM Education Group. The transaction closed in September. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Weld North intends to combine JBHM Education Group with recently acquired Editure Professional Development Inc. of New York, creating a national organization that will provide ...

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Officials see possible return of furniture-making jobs

STARKVILLE — Mississippi spent 50 years poaching factories from the North with cheap land, labor and government incentives before hitting headwinds from China, where labor was even cheaper. But industry leaders said yesterday at Mississippi State University that the Magnolia State and the rest of the U.S. have a chance to reverse manufacturing losses. “I am optimistic we will be ...

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Southern Motion opens another furniture plant

BALDWYN — Upholstered furniture maker Southern Motion has officially opened its Baldwyn plant. The company already has four facilities employing a combined 1,025 people in Pontotoc. Its newest plant, which began operations in March, employs 60 workers but is expected to grow. The facility previously housed Forefront Golf, a golf accessory plant owned by James M. Davis before he pleaded ...

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After post-tornado move, Townhouse plant discontinues operations

MANTACHIE — Townhouse Furniture, who moved some work to Mantachie after a 2011 tornado in Smithville, has apparently shut down its operation and local officials fear they’ve lost a $50,000 investment. Townhouse, a stationary furniture manufacturer, received local and state help with the move from Smithville to Mantachie. At the time, Townhouse CFO Tony Watson said the company plans to ...

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Coming home, part 2- "Reshoring" could reenergize U.S. manufacturing

As director of Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute, Bill Martin has an up-close familiarity with the American “reshoring” trend, especially its implications for furniture manufacturing in Mississippi. He’s not convinced the trend of factories leaving China to return to the United States has arrived in Mississippi, but change is under way and the Magnolia State is feeling its effects. ...

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OSHA cites Bude's Franklin Lumber Co. for safety violations

BUDE — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Bude company for 22 safety violations and has proposed penalties of $103,356. OSHA officials say in a news release that it cited Franklin Lumber Co. for, among other things, failing to prevent accumulations of combustible dust, to provide guardrails around equipment, to cover live electrical parts and failing to ...

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Under-billing of factory costs utility $350K

GREENWOOD — Greenwood Utilities has taken a $350,000 hit after under-billing a local furniture factory for 15 years before the mistake was caught. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports it received the details of under-billing after filing a public records request. The newspaper said the city-owned facility last March notified the John-Richard furniture factory that its account had been set up incorrectly ...

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