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MDOT study: State's airports generate $2.5B-plus in economic activity

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — According to a recent study by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), the state’s 73 airports generate more than $2.5 billion annually in economic activity, provide vital connectivity links enabling businesses to function more efficiently and improve the quality of life for residents in airport communities. “This study indicates how substantial the aviation industry is to Mississippi,” ...

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Barefoot Carriers investing, creating jobs in Ripley

RIPLEY — Barefoot Carriers is expanding its operations in Ripley. Officials say in a news release yesterday that the project represents a $2 million corporate investment and will create 25 new jobs. The expansion involves the addition of 12 trucks and trailers, new equipment, and the extension of the company’s truck and trailer parking and lay-down area. Established in 2001, ...

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Medical transportation company opening operation/call center

JACKSON — A Missouri company is opening a location in Mississippi to provide non-emergency medical transportation. MTM Inc. plans a transportation operation and call center in a north Jackson office building that will hire 80 people. The company is investing $400,000. The Mississippi Development Authority contributed $50,000 for building upgrades, as well as workforce training. State officials say the company ...

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Biofuel manufacturer KiOR begins layoffs at Columbus plant

COLUMBUS — Biofuel maker KiOR is laying off employees as it idles its Mississippi refinery, intensifying questions about the future of the cash-strapped company. The company said yesterday that it has cut 18 employees. KiOR, based in Pasadena, Texas, said 55 employees remain at the Columbus plant. “Given the company’s limited cash flow, we do anticipate additional layoffs as we ...

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Amory boat maker expanding, adding 30 new jobs

AMORY — NauticStar will expand its Monroe County factory to build larger boats, adding 30 jobs. The recreational boat maker, which currently employs 130, announced its plans yesterday. The privately-owned 12-year-old company says it will invest $460,000 to add 20,000 square feet, connecting two buildings that currently total 160,000 square feet. NauticStar President Phil Faulkner says the boat market has ...

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Port officials find replacement tenant for Chiquita

GULFPORT — McDermott International will finish and spool pipe for oil and natural gas drillers at the Port of Gulfport, creating 100 jobs. The company said yesterday that it will lease space on the port’s East Pier for 10 years, with options for another 30 years. If the port gets environmental approvals from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it ...

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Kemira unveils plans for plant expansion in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN — Global chemicals company Kemira is expanding its dry polymer manufacturing operations in Aberdeen. The project represents a corporate investment of $13.9 million and will create six direct jobs. “Kemira is very pleased with our recent acquisition of the Aberdeen site, and we are quickly implementing our first expansion project to our initial dry polymer operation in North America,” ...

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Reeves talks shop with leaders of furniture industry

Mississippi’s second-highest elected official believes he knows exactly what the furniture industry needs to be profitable. The Magnolia State can better encourage capital investment through improved education, low taxes and balanced budgets, said Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves at Mississippi State’s Furniture Summit. At the gathering yesterday, Reeves spent more than half his keynote speech emphasizing the importance of education at ...

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Two Delta groups getting economic development funding

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The Economic Development Administration has awarded funds to two planning and developing groups in the Mississippi Delta. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., made the announcement in a news release yesterday. The South Delta Planning and Development District will receive $189,000. The district provides services in Bolivar, Humphreys, Issaquena, Sharkey, Sunflower and Washington counties. The North Delta Planning ...

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TVA president/CEO Johnson tours Techumseh, Yokohama plants

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) president and CEO Bill Johnson visited northeast Mississippi yesterday for a series of meetings and industrial tours to support and encourage continuing economic growth in the region. TVA works with local power companies and regional, state and community partners to promote economic development. These efforts have resulted in 6,000 jobs added and retained ...

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