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Mississippi manufacturer betting on a weaker dollar

By JACK WEATHERLY Wayne Wade has concerns about continuing to do business in Vietnam. But it’s not because President Donald Trump “vetoed” America’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact. It’s the strong U.S. dollar, said Wade, president of Bio-Soil Enhancers Inc. of Hattiesburg. Vietnam is the company’s biggest customer. The Southeast Asian country would be one of the ...

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’60 Minutes’ effect: showers of positive news on Golden Triangle

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi got the nation’s attention Sunday night – and it was all positive. CBS’ “60 Minutes” focused on the economic strides of the Golden Triangle, whose points are Starkville, Columbus and West Point. And it revolved around Joe Max Higgins, the colorful chief executive of LINK, the economic development agency for the area. Higgins said on Monday he was surprised ...

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Crankshaft maker ready to crank up in January

By JACK WEATHERLY Feuer Powertrain GMBH will start making crankshafts in January, it announced recently. The $140 million private investment is expected to employ 300. About 100 are on board now, as the R0binsonville (Tunica County) facility has ramped up this year. Public investment totals $27.5 million from and through the Mississippi Development Authority. Those investments include a $10 million grant ...

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Sanderson, other producers sued for alleged price-fixing

By JACK WEATHERLY  Sanderson Farms Inc. and 14 other poultry producers have been sued in federal court for alleged price-fixing. The producers control 90 percent of the nation’s broiler output, valued at $30 billion annually, according to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Broilers constitute 98 percent of the chicken meat in ...

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He’s No. 1: Engineer is first Mississippi plant employee

On a 900-acre site that will eventually host a tire factory employing up to 2,500 people, civil engineer Zach Morrow is the lone ranger for now. Hired Aug. 8, the 28-year-old is Continental AG’s first employee at the plant it’s building west of Clinton. “I couldn’t be any more proud to be not just a part of it, but to ...

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Metro Jackson emerging as force in advanced manufacturing automotive category

By TED CARTER Jobs in the metro regions of Jackson and Nashville relating to the automotive industry grew faster than anywhere in the country the past two years, a Brookings Institution analysis of advanced manufacturing found. Metro Jackson’s strong growth in auto-related manufacturing was enough to place it third nationally for growth in overall advanced manufacturing, behind only San Francisco and ...

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Aluminum startup finds going rough in Louisiana, as it did in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY  In February 2015, American Specialty Alloys, which was to build a $1.2 billion plant at Columbus and produce aluminum alloy for automobile bodies, pulled up stakes and decided to seek its fortunes in Louisiana. The startup, which never built the plant and was at odds with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Golden Triangle development agency, LINK, ...

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ABB aims to grow to 500 jobs in Senatobia within 5 years

Swiss firm ABB says its new Tate County plant is a key part of its plan to produce its full range of electrical components for North American customers. Franklin Sullivan, who leads ABB’s electrical components business in North America, said Friday that the company aims to grow from 100 employees now to 500 employees at the Senatobia plant within five ...

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Polo Custom Products expanding in Louisville, creating 30 Jobs

Polo Custom Products is expanding operations in Louisville, investing $150,000 and creating 30 jobs. Polo Custom Products’ Louisville manufacturing facility specializes in custom sewing, film and fabric welding and custom fabric and foam thermoformed products. The company’s expansion will accommodate the addition of new business contracts, as well as growth with several of their long-term customers. “We are pleased to have ...

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Plum Creek Environmental expanding in North Mississippi

Plum Creek Environmental, manufacturer and distributor of waste and recycling containers and equipment, is expanding in North Mississippi, investing $825,000 and creating 50 jobs. Founded in Columbus, Plum Creek Environmental is expanding into a larger facility previously occupied by Long Branch in West Point. “We are excited to find a property in West Point that will greatly enhance our production ...

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