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Highway Patrol gets Mississippi-made Airbus helicopter

COLUMBUS and JACKSON — Captain Ron Kelly of the Mississippi Highway Patrol Air Wing recently accepted delivery of a Mississippi-made Airbus Helicopters Inc. AS350 B3e AStar, produced for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS). Kelly, commander of the Highway Patrol Air Wing, said the AS350 B3e, which was built in Columbus, was clearly the best aircraft for the department’s ...

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PMI shows state's manufacturing sector expanding

Manufacturing activity in the Southeast is still growing at a healthy level in spite of its first decline in the last three months, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released today by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business. The Southeast PMI decreased 3.4 points to 59.8, while the National PMI ...

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MEI tour aims at landing chemical manufacturers

JACKSON — The Mississippi Energy Institute, partnering with the Mississippi Development Authority and seven local economic development organizations, recently led a tour from the Gulf Coast to the Delta evaluating potential sites for chemical manufacturing facilities. The MEI-led tour signaled the start of a marketing effort the organization hopes will lead to chemical manufacturing companies locating operations in the state. ...

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Following Commerce ruling, Stion ramping up production

HATTIESBURG — Stion, a manufacturer of high-efficiency thin-film solar modules and provider of photovoltaic solar solutions, will increase manufacturing capacity of its next-generation Elevation Series CIGS solar modules for the second half of 2014, and continue to ramp up for increased 2015 demand precipitated by the news of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary tariffs on Chinese solar modules shipped ...

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ROXUL puts first U.S. plant in operation

MARSHALL COUNTY — ROXUL Inc., a manufacturer of stone wool insulation products, has officially begun production in Mississippi at its first manufacturing facility located in the United States. The $160-million plant encompasses 600,000 square feet and is located on a 100-acre site in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park. ROXUL will employ approximately 150 workers on-site once the plant is fully ...

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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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Nissan ramping up employment at Canton plant to 6,000-plus

CANTON — A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker’s buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi. The hiring will push the combined number of Nissan and contract employees at its Canton plant to more than 6,000 for the first time. The total currently stands at more than 5,600. ...

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Report: State's manufacturing sector adds jobs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Manufacturing employment in Mississippi increased one percent over the past year, according the 2014 Mississippi Manufacturers Register, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News Inc. (MNI). According to data collected by MNI, Mississippi manufacturers added 1,875 jobs from March 2013 to March 2014. Manufacturers’ News reports Mississippi is now home to 2,916 manufacturers employing 170,294 ...

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Event to look at 'The Road Ahead' for manufacturing sector

STARKVILLE — Furniture-industry experts, as well as government officials, will examine “The Road Ahead” at Mississippi State University’s 2014 Manufacturing Summit. The fourth-annual summit, to be held April 23, will feature Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves for the 11:15 a.m. keynote address. All activities will be held at MSU’s Hassell H. Franklin Furniture Institute, located at the intersection of Blackjack Road ...

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Nissan settles with pro-union employee

CANTON — Nissan Motor Co. says it has settled an unfair labor practice charge with a pro-union worker at its assembly plant in Canton. The charge focused on a dispute over when Willard “Chip” Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the 5,200-employee plant north of Jackson. The UAW is trying to organize workers to ...

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