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FRANK BROWN — Making a list, and checking it 100 times

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Years ago, one of my journalism mentors stressed to me the importance of lists. “Everybody looks at lists,” he said. “They touch the curiosity that is in each of us.” He was correct and ahead of his time. Lists have endured because they are easy to read and convey information quickly. If presented efficiently, lists provide knowledge — and sometimes ...

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MISSISSIPPI 100 — Some private companies prefer tansparency, others — not so much

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By BECKY GILLETTE Why are private companies so private? While many public companies and lots of small businesses court publicity with everything from regular Facebook posts to press releases and major media events, other companies are more reticent when it attracting attention. Cecile Edwards, a professor of law at the Mississippi College School of Law, said private companies have the ...

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MISSISSIPPI 100 — ‘Our wagon is not tied to one star,’ says CEO of Louisville’s versatile Taylor Group

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By LISA MONTI The Taylor Group of Companies based in Louisville began in 1927 as a small automotive and repair business, and today has 1,000 employees, an international customer base and more than $400 million in annual sales. Lex Taylor, chairman and CEO of the Taylor Group, represents the third generation to run the business along with his brother Robert Taylor ...

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MISSISSIPPI 100 — Irby Company breaking sales records in its 90th year of doing business in Mississippi

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By BECKY GILLETTE Irby Company, a leading electrical supply distributor, is one of Mississippi’s longest running homegrown business success stories. The company founded in 1926 in Jackson by Stuart C. Irby Sr. has grown from one branch in Jackson to nearly 60 branches spread across 25 states. In 2014, Irby had $894 million in revenue, which makes it the sixth largest ...

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MISSISSIPPI 100 — Private business list is one-of-a-kind

It was 1989  when the Mississippi Business Journal first decided to compile a list of the top state’s top privately held business. It was published as the “Mississippi 100,” and it would become an annual event. The list ranks companies by sales revenue and has become a who’s who tip sheet on the Magnolia State economy. Early members of the ...

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MISSISSIPPI 100 — Staplcotn gives farmers advantage

Grain farmers in Arkansas and Mississippi have faced a staggering blow this year due to the default of Turner Grain Merchandising and 10 related broker companies that have failed to pay farmers for their grains. Ag officials have said the total losses could range from between $20 to $50 million. Cotton growers in the region who are members of Staplcotn ...

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MISSISSIPPI 100 — SMEPA knows power is crucial

South Mississippi Electric Power Association, headquartered in Hattiesburg, is Mississippi’s only not-for-profit wholesale electric power cooperative. It generates and transmits electricity for 11 member systems, providing electrical service to more than 415,000 homes and businesses in 55 counties from the Delta to the Coast. The member systems tap into SMEPA’s generation sources with 1,740 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and ...

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How the Mississippi 100 is created

The year 1989 was full of significant business and economic news from the U.S. savings and loan crisis and Exxon-Valdez spill to the Time-Warner merger and fall of the Berlin Wall. It was also the year a then little known list called the “Mississippi 100” would begin its annual run in the Mississippi Business Journal. The list ranked Mississippi’s top ...

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