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Reed’s store in Columbus closing next year

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal  COLUMBUS – After working with the Reed family for nearly five decades, Lex Jackson is retiring next year. And with his retirement will be the closing of Reed’s department store in the city. “Family businesses go through rhythms, and this is one of those,” said Jack Reed Jr., the president of the iconic department ...

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Project walk-aways and no-shows: the other side of Golden Triangle ledger

By JACK WEATHERLY  John Correnti was thrown out of Joe Max Higgins’ office. Correnti was one of the people that had brought a big steel mill to Columbus. Now he was on to another project in Lowndes County, but, according to Higgins, chief executive of the Golden Triangle Development LINK, things weren’t going smoothly. Correnti was a legend in steel-making. ...

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’60 Minutes’ effect: showers of positive news on Golden Triangle

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi got the nation’s attention Sunday night – and it was all positive. CBS’ “60 Minutes” focused on the economic strides of the Golden Triangle, whose points are Starkville, Columbus and West Point. And it revolved around Joe Max Higgins, the colorful chief executive of LINK, the economic development agency for the area. Higgins said on Monday he was surprised ...

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Plum Creek Environmental expanding in North Mississippi

Plum Creek Environmental, manufacturer and distributor of waste and recycling containers and equipment, is expanding in North Mississippi, investing $825,000 and creating 50 jobs. Founded in Columbus, Plum Creek Environmental is expanding into a larger facility previously occupied by Long Branch in West Point. “We are excited to find a property in West Point that will greatly enhance our production ...

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Mississippi Golden Triangle has large new industrial site

Economic development officials are promoting a new industrial site in the Golden Triangle area of eastern Mississippi. Golden Triangle Development LINK and the Tennessee Valley Authority on Friday unveiled the new 1,144-acre Infinity Megasite, which is west of GTR Regional Airport. It is the third megasite in Lowndes County, the Commercial Dispatch reports. Megasites are large parcels of land designed ...

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Columbus lands 2016 rural tourism conference

COLUMBUS — The Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference is coming to Columbus. The conference will be held Oct. 24-26, 2016, at the Courtyard Marriott The annual conference is hosted alternately between Mississippi and Alabama. This year’s conference will be held Oct. 19-21 in Rogersville, Alabama. Greenwood, Mississippi, hosted the 2014 conference Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter says ...

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Steel plant announces $100 million expansion

By JACK WEATHERLY Steel Dynamics Inc. announced Thursday it will carry out a $100 million expansion of its Columbus plant, which currently employs 630 and will add 40 more with the addition of a facility for painting and applying a patented galvanizing process. The plant was acquired from Severstal North America,  Russian corporation, in 2014. The facility produces sheet steel products consisting of ...

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Columbus-built Airbus gets FAA airworthiness approval

COLUMBUS — The first Airbus Helicopters AS350 AStar helicopter completely assembled in the U.S. has received airworthiness certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. The AS350 B3e rolled off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. final assembly line in Columbus, Mississippi, at the end of December. Airbus officials say in a news release that the Columbus plant is set up to produce 30 ...

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J. Craig Stepan chosen as new leader for Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway board

COLUMBUS — The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority has hired an Alabama man as its new administrator. The hiring of J. Craig Stepan of Fairhope, Alabama, was announced in a news release. Stepan succeeds Bruce Windham who resigned last year due to illness. Stepan will also be president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Council, the authority’s trade association. Stepan was president ...

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