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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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Harrison Co. gives tax breaks to bit manufacturer, shipyard

On the day Harrison County supervisors OK’d tax breaks for a $450 million project at the state port, it also approved breaks for smaller projects. Metadyne Gulfport will be exempt from personal-property taxes, about $14,000 a year, for five years. Metadyne makes carbide bits for the mining, construction and other industries. Supervisor Marlin Ladner said Tuesday the company also received ...

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Ashley Furniture to pay $1.75M to settle safety citations

Wisconsin-based Ashley Furniture has agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle alleged safety violations at four of its plants, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday. Ashley Furniture entered into a corporate-wide agreement aimed at protecting workers from machine hazards, the agency said. The agreement also resolves all pending citations at the company’s plants in Arcadia and Whitehall, ...

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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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No injuries reported in explosion at box maker’s plant

RICHLAND — Authorities say an explosion at a cardboard box manufacturing plant in Richland triggered a chemical spill, but no injuries were reported. Richland Fire Department spokesman Rob Martin said workers safely evacuated the International Paper facility after the explosion early Thursday. Ernie Shirley of the state Department of Environmental Quality said the explosion damaged tanks that spilled a hazardous ...

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Hancock Fabrics to close remaining stores

The remaining 185 stores of Hancock Fabrics will close, according to Dennis Seid of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, bringing an end to the fabrics and crafts retailer that was founded in Tupelo in 1957. On Thursday, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware approved the sale of the stores to Great American Group, which had offered about $65 million for ...

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Ingalls gets $618 million Navy destroyer contract

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Industries has received a $618 million contract modification to fund the construction of a new guided-missile destroyer for the U.S. Navy. The Sun Herald reports the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer is the fourth of five destroyers Ingalls is slated to build as part of a multi-year contract awarded in June 2013. Spokesman Bill Glenn says ...

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Furniture market growing in last year

By LISA MONTI When American Furniture officials announced in December the company had expanded its footprint in Mississippi by locating manufacturing operations in Amory, state leaders took the $560,000 investment in Monroe County as a good sign. The company also has manufacturing operations in Ecru. “Mississippi’s furniture manufacturing industry has experienced significant growth over the past year, and American Furniture’s expansion ...

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Mattress maker to invest $1.4M and hire 50 in Lowndes County

MAYHEW — A maker and online seller of mattresses and bedding products will open a factory in Lowndes County, with plans to hire 50 people over the next three years. Sleepmade will invest $1.4 million, leasing 50,000 square feet of the At Home with Bassett facility. The Mississippi Development Authority will give $75,000 for building improvements, while Lowndes County is ...

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