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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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Tupelo Furniture Market goes ‘soft’ to strengthen its position

By JACK WEATHERLY Northeast Mississippi is known as the upholstered-furniture capital of the United States. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it is playing the “soft” card as it seeks to further distinguish itself from other furniture centers – especially High Point, N.C. Forty-four mattress and box spring makers will be on hand for the semi-annual Tupelo Furniture ...

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Countertop maker to open Lee County plant

AIA Countertops, a division of Patrick Industries Inc., is opening operations in Baldwyn in Lee County, investing $600,000 and creating 60 jobs. AIA will be located in an existing 110,000-square-foot building in the Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Complex. The building was previously occupied by Fairfield Distribution. Elkhart, Ind.-based Patrick Industries describes itself as the leading manufacturer of building products and materials to ...

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Ingalls: Shipyard of the future

» Bond issues fund infrastructure and facility improvements By LISA MONTI Huntington-Ingalls Inc., America’s largest military shipbuilding company and Mississippi’s largest private employer, is entering the second year of its Shipyard of the Future initiative. This year, the Legislature approved a $45 million general obligation bond issue for Ingalls to go with previous issues. As in the past, the company will ...

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Nissan impact on state economy continues to grow

By JACK WEATHERLY Nissan’s automotive assembly plant at Canton continues to grow as a major economic player in the immediate area and statewide, according to a new study. Nissan’s direct and indirect contribution to the state’s gross domestic product averages $2.9 billion a year, up from $2.5 billion in a 2013 report from the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research ...

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Fire guts Tupelo factory that made lawn tractor wheels

TUPELO — A fire at a Tupelo factory that makes lawn tractor wheels may have caused millions in damage. Local media report no one was injured by the fire at Custom Engineered Wheels, which broke out late Thursday. Officials say the fire that gutted the 36,000-square foot building was accidental, starting on a piece of equipment. The building had no ...

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