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Moon leads Mississippi’s manufacturers

As the Presidential race heats up, we will continue to hear both candidates talk about a very important topic to Americans — jobs! Both candidates will try to convince voters about how they will help our economy grow more jobs. Closer to home, there are those who work on the front lines of keeping and growing jobs in our state. ...

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MMA recognizes Showah

Willy Showah, precision manufacturing and machining technology instructor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) in Gautier, is the recipient of the 2012 Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) Award for Excellence in Vocational Education. Showah won largely because of his efforts to integrate MGCCC ‘s precision manufacturing and machining technology program with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Level 1 ...

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Trained workforce biggest challenge for state's manufacturers

A report card on the state of manufacturing in Mississippi includes the following facts, according to Jay Moon, executive director of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association: Manufacturing is holding steady with 12 percent of the state’s workforce employed in that sector. For every direct job in manufacturing, there are another two or three jobs that support it. Mississippi’s manufacturing is considered ...

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New faces in new places leave fate of inventory tax reform unclear

New legislative leadership does not necessarily guarantee easy victory for an old fight over inventory taxes. That’s something on which parties from both sides of the issue agree. Mississippi is one of nine states that still impose an inventory tax on its businesses. Arkansas is the only bordering state to still impose it, and Georgia is the only other Southeastern ...

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McNeely named MMA chair

Greg McNeely of Clinton has been named 2011-2012 chairman of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association. McNeely is president and co-owner of McNeely Plastics Inc., in Clinton. McNeely has served on the MMA board of directors since 2002. He also serves on the board of directors of the Harbor House Chemical Dependency Center and is an active member of the Flexible Packaging ...

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Summit: Natural gas means economic development for Mississippi

Energy industry stakeholders gathered yesterday at the Unlocking the Value of Natural Gas summit at the Jackson Convention Complex to discuss unique economic opportunities available to Mississippi through the natural gas industry. Michelle Bloodworth, vice president of business development for ANGA, said, “Mississippi is well-poised from an economic development and a recruiting standpoint to take advantage of natural gas resources.” ...

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Bogus busting boost

Years ago when Jay Moon served as deputy director of the Mississippi Development Authority, he often accompanied Mississippi manufacturers on trade missions to foreign countries. These goods-makers would drop in on establishments there to check on how their products were being handled and marketed. Many times manufacturers were shocked at what they found. “Manufacturer would often see their products in ...

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Efficiency equals big savings for manufacturers

Saving on energy in manufacturing isn’t just a “green” thing. It can free up money that manufacturers can use to grow their businesses in other ways. That was the message delivered at the enHance workshop hosted by the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and Mississippi Department for Environmental Quality April 5. ABB Kuhlman, a power products manufacturer in Crystal Springs, benefited greatly ...

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Moon elected chairman

The nominating committee of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has elected Jay C. Moon, CEcD, FM, president and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, as chairman of its board of directors. Moon has more than 25 years of successful economic development experience. He served as the deputy director and director for international development with the Mississippi Development Authority. Moon ...

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On the hunt

New MPB show to outline where jobs are Despite the economic downturn, there are job openings in Mississippi, and many are in the manufacturing sector where skilled labor is in demand. Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s new TV show “Job Hunter,” which airs Jan. 6 will educate viewers about Mississippi’s major manufacturing sectors — such as automotive, aerospace, heavy metal, unique manufacturing ...

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