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Sheet metal fabricator adds 10 jobs in $3 million expansion

A sheet-metal fabricator is expanding in northeast Mississippi. Hawkeye Industries built a new $3 million building at its Tupelo facility and plans to begin production this month. The company plans to add 10 employees to its current 30. The company said Tuesday that it’s growing because of increased demand and also expanding into processing tubing for the first time. Mississippi ...

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Report: Mississippi gets a B for manufacturing

Mississippi receives a “B+” for manufacturing in a new report from Ball State University. Mississippi improved from “C+” to “B” in its Benefits Costs grade. The state declined from “D” to “F” in Liability Gap. Mississippi maintained grade of “A” in Diversification, “B+” in Manufacturing , “C+” in Tax Climate, “C” in Logistics and Global Position, and “F” in Human ...

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Abby Manufacturing investing $324K, adding 10 jobs

WALNUT – Fabricated steel and aluminum products manufacturer Abby Manufacturing is adding 10 jobs and investing $324,000 at its facility here. The expansion, which adds new equipment, will increase the number of employees in Walnut to 130 Abby produces for agriculture, construction, transportation and military industries worldwide. The addition of a recently acquired laser cutting machine and press brake will ...

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Manufacturing pushes state’s economy for February

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com The Mississippi Manufacturing Employment Index surged in February by 6.4 percent over January – the largest monthly increase in nearly a quarter century, according to the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning’s University Research Center. That was 2.6 percent higher than a year earlier, according to the report. “The average weekly hours of work of production employees ...

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More than $90M awarded for Coast Guard cutter contract

Recently retired U.S. Senator Thad Cochran announced a multimillion-dollar contract for the U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter 10. Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula will provide the work for the more than $90 million contract, The Clarion-Ledger reported Sunday. Cochran said in a news release that the Department of Homeland Security contract award to Huntington Ingalls comes less than a week ...

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Scheduling issues cause Georgia Pacific workers to strike

Some Georgia Pacific workers in Taylorsville, Mississippi, are on strike over scheduling issues after nearly a year of negotiating. Carpenters Local 2086 Union representative Marcus McLaurin tells WDAM-TV that employees are unable to schedule vacations or know when they aren’t scheduled to work. The strike started Wednesday night at 11 p.m. and is ongoing. The union representative says the workers plan to ...

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Milwaukee Tool to invest $33.4 million, create 660 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Milwaukee Tool is expanding operations at its three Mississippi locations, investing $33.4 million and creating 660 jobs over the next four years. The Mississippi Development Authority is providing $15.35 million in grants. The expansions are planned for the company’s plants in Jackson and Greenwood and its distribution center in Olive Branch. Milwaukee Tool Group President Steve Richman ...

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Lane furniture brand switching parent companies

The Lane furniture brand is being sold from one company to another. United Furniture Industries Inc. says it will buy Lane from Heritage Home Group LLC. The two companies announced the sale in a news release Tuesday without disclosing the price. United Furniture President Larry George says the purchase includes the global rights to the Lane brand, a 750,000-square-foot manufacturing ...

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Tecumseh Products Company expanding in Verona, creating 60 jobs

Tecumseh Products Company is expanding in Verona, investing $1.1 million and creating 60 jobs. Tecumseh, manufacturer of refrigeration and A/C products, is consolidating its Canada operations to Verona. The Verona facility also will begin to manufacture the company’s AK2 line of compressors. Production of the AK2 line began in the second quarter of this year. “Tecumseh is pleased to have ...

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SMW Manufacturing acquires Caterpillar operations in Lafayette County

SMW Manufacturing is taking over operations at the former Caterpillar facility in Lafayette County. The company plans to invest in excess of $15 million and hire up to 50 employees, comprised of predominantly former Caterpillar employees, by the end of 2018. “I am pleased to welcome SMW to Mississippi and appreciate the company for utilizing the skills of the facility’s ...

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