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Economic report adds fuel to Nissan union vote fire

  By Jack Weatherly An updated study showing the major impact of the automotive industry on Mississippi’s economy was released Thursday as an election approaches at the Nissan plant in Canton in which the workers will decide whether to unionize. Participants in the press conference at the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership in Jackson voiced support for workers’ right to vote ...

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Nissan supplier to invest $16.3 million, create 98 jobs

MBJ staff Calsonic Kansei announced on Monday a $16.3 million corporate expansion in Madison, which will create 98 jobs. A supplier to Nissan’s Canton automotive assembly plant, Calsonic Kansei said in a release that the company employs more than 500 at the Nissan location.  The company said new workers will make an average of $52,000 annually. Calsonic is leasing and refitting a former warehouse ...

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Seraphim Solar seeking workers for Jackson plant

By JACK WEATHERLY Seraphim Solar USA seeks to double its work force at its Jackson plant. The plant, which started production of solar panels in February 2016, now employs about 30. Approval by two “major residential solar finance companies for their installer networks,” Sungage Financial and Sunnova, has opened the door for expansion of the plant, the Houston-based manufacturer said in ...

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State honored by mag for Continental Tire deal

MBJ staff Trade & Industry Development magazine recently awarded the state of Mississippi a 2017 Corporate Investment and Community Impact, or CiCi, Award for Continental Tire. The Hinds County project won in the Corporate Investment category. In February 2016, Continental Tire, manufacturer of passenger, light truck and commercial vehicle tires, announced the company would locate a multi-million-square-foot manufacturing plant in ...

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Aerospace firm to open Clinton factory, employ 70

  MBJ staff Precision Machining Services of Chattanooga, Tenn., will create 70 jobs and invest $5 million in a manufacturing facility in the Clinton Industrial Park. Precision will move into the 60,000-square-foot former Akzo-Nobel facility, according to a news release. The 14-acre site will house machining and painting services for the aerospace and defense industry. “We are looking forward to ...

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State wins ‘deal of year’ for landing Continental

Mississippi has been awarded Business Facilities’ 2016 Economic Development Deal of the Year for recruiting Continental Tire’s commercial vehicle tire manufacturing plant to Hinds County. Continental Tire announced in February 2016 it will locate in Mississippi, a $1.45 billion investment creating 2,500 jobs over the next decade. In addition, the project is estimated to create 2,740 indirect and more than ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi needs more private sector jobs to get off bottom

For decades the U.S. Census Bureau has published data on income and poverty. Related news stories have consistently focused on Mississippi’s humble rankings. Just released statistics show Mississippi continues to be the poorest state with the highest poverty rate.   When stories about this hit the media, Gov. Phil Bryant’s director of communications, Clay Chandler, wrote this in an email ...

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Wholesaler moving to Columbia, creating 20 jobs

MBJ Staff Nelson Wholesale Service Inc. is locating a pet food and product distribution operation to Columbia in Marion County, investing $2 million and creating 20 jobs. Nelson Wholesale is moving distribution from Hammond, La., and will begin operation in December in a 100,000-square-foot facility previously occupied by Orleans Furniture. Nelson is based in Brownwood, Texas. “We are extremely excited ...

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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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Oxford readies effort to replace departing Caterpillar

By JACK WEATHERLY Oxford already has its net out to snag a tenant when Caterpillar Inc. flies away. “Project Butterfly,” a play on the departing manufacturer’s name, is what the Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation, calls its effort. “It’s a mission to (fill) the Caterpillar facility as rapidly as possible,” Jon Maynard, president and chief executive of the foundation, said in ...

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