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BIG CAT IS ON THE PROWL — Caterpillar rental expansion into Columbus follows up an opening in Tupelo

By NASH NUNNERY Levi Johnson has found nirvana. A small-scale general contractor in rural Lowndes County, Johnson used to turn down more jobs than he could count simply because he lacked the right equipment in his tiny workshop. No more. Last month’s grand opening of The Cat Rental Store at Thompson Machinery in Columbus has instantly transformed the 47-year old ...

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FOCUS ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — Snipes optimistic about future of Greenwood

By NASH NUNNERY As an accomplished landscape architect, Brantley Snipes’ is most familiar with the concept that lawns and plants need constant nurturing. The same theory might apply to an historic Mississippi Delta downtown. Now the executive director for Main Street Greenwood, Snipes came up with the innovative Revolving Real Estate program to breathe new life into the city’s once-bustling ...

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Travel group picks Greenwood for meeting

MBJ staff Travel South USA has chosen Greenwood for one of the organization’s three annual board of directors meetings. Scheduled to occur Aug. 8-10, Greenwood joins Branson, Mo., and Charleston, S.C., as 2017 host cities. Headquartered in Atlanta, Travel South USA is the official regional destination marketing organization for the Southeast. “Greenwood allows visitors from around the world to have ...

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New Pepsico facility will bring 60 jobs to Leflore County

Pepsico is coming to Leflore County and bringing with it 60 new jobs. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the announcement of the construction of a new warehouse and distribution facility, which should be operational by mid2017, was made this week by Jennifer Ryan, director ofcommunications for the soft drink giant. Wayne Self, president of the Leflore County Board of Supervisors, said that luring Pepsico was a 24month effort. Construction on the warehouse, located on U.S. 82 West, is underway.

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A NEW ERA AT VIKING — Kitchen appliance veteran Kevin Brown to oversee Greenwood plant

By TED CARTER A kitchen appliances executive whose background includes working the assembly line at Oxford’s Whirlpool plant is the new head of revamped Viking Ranges in Greenwood. Kevin Brown, a University of Mississippi electrical engineering graduate who started with Viking in 2007, joined with a team of Middleby Corp. executives in 2013 to transform the products line of the ultra-premium ...

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Cities gain national accreditation

The following Main Street communities in Mississippi have been designated as accredited Main Street America programs for meeting standards set by the National Main Street Center: Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Canton, Carthage, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, Crystal Springs, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Holly Springs, Houston, Indianola, Kosciusko, Laurel, Louisville/Noxapater, Macon, Meridian, New Albany, Ocean Springs, ...

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Viking Range owner sues founder Carl, others for $100 million

By JACK WEATHERLY  Viking Range Corp. founder Fred E. Carl Jr. and other former top officers of the Greenwood-based company have been sued for $100 million for allegedly not disclosing a design defect that caused the company’s stoves to turn on by themselves. Middleby Corp. of Elgin, Ill., which bought Viking Range in 2013 for $380 million, and Viking say ...

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Owner selects Viking leader from within

By JACK WEATHERLY  Promoting from within has always been a way to build esprit de corps in the corporate world. But selecting Kevin Brown as president of Viking Range stands to double the positive effects. Brown will be responsible for the overall operations, sales and engineering initiatives at Greenwood-based Viking Range, according to a release from the Middleby Corp., which ...

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Late donors save barbecue contest after no-show prize money

Last-minute donors helped save an awards ceremony for a barbecue contest in the Mississippi Delta. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the event organizer, Ken Gammill, was at the event part of Saturday but was not around with the prize money at the end. Three local companies donated $15,000 to cover the prizes. The newspaper reports they were Robertson Fabrication Inc., ...

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Milwaukee Tool invests $1.5 million, adds 75 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY The Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. is adding 75 jobs and investing $1.5 million in its Greenwood plant. The expansion will bring total employment to 583, according to a Friday release. That solidifies its position as the largest manufacturer in Greenwood and Leflore County, putting distance between it and home-grown Viking Range, whose employment was 421 a year ...

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