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NauticStar Boats acquired for nearly $80M

NauticStar Boats, founded in Amory 15 years ago, has been acquired by MasterCraft for $79.8 million, the companies announced Monday. NauticStar manufactures and distributes 18- to 28-foot, bay boats, deck boats and offshore center console boats. NauticStar owner and founder Phillip M. Faulkner said “MasterCraft is an iconic brand known for quality, performance and innovation. Our entire organization is excited ...

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Amory Main Street gains momentum with new businesses

By JOHN H. WARD / Monroe Journal AMORY – Amory Main Street Director Traci Huguley is pursuing a formula she heard promoted at a statewide conference for downtown business development. “They called it 10 plus 10 plus 10,” Huguley said. “Ten businesses providing food, 10 selling domestics and 10 staying open late, all located within three blocks of each other ...

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Iconic Aberdeen businessman passes away

By RAY VAN DUSEN / Monroe Journal For the majority of Aberdeen’s history, Lann Hardware has been a downtown institution. On June 23, a longstanding rock in the business’ namesake, Walter Lann Jr., died. “He was the foundation of Main Street. I went to him for advice and vision. He had such a heart for it,” said Aberdeen Main Street ...

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Jobs coming to Mississippi, furniture company expands

WREN — United Furniture Industries is moving its distribution operations to the former Lane Furniture Industries distribution facility in Wren. The company says 50 employees will be hired in Wren while another 50 will be hired at United’s factories in Amory, Nettleton and Okolona. Tuesday’s announcement comes five months after United opened a new manufacturing plant in Verona. The facility ...

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Possible tornado hits Monroe County, no deaths reported

AMORY — Trees and buildings are damaged in Monroe County after a possible tornado hit Amory and Smithville. Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Robert “Bunky” Goza says no deaths or injuries were reported from the storm, which hit about 9 a.m. Monday. Goza says tree damage is widespread in central Amory, with power out. Harbormaster Scott Cox says trees ...

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Monroe County mining firm paying $50,000 environmental fine

ABERDEEN — An Aberdeen company that mines and processed bentonite is paying a $50,000 fine for failing to keep accurate records and test smokestack emissions. S&B Industrial Minerals North America, part of a company based in Luxembourg, agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. A March 10 order from the department says S&B didn’t keep ...

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HomeStretch expanding operations, adding new jobs

NETTLETON — Furniture manufacturer HomeStretch Inc. is expanding its manufacturing and warehouse space in Nettleton and adding 60 new jobs. HomeStretch makes upholstered reclining furniture in Nettleton. After the expansion, HomeStretch will have 250 employees in Nettleton. Based in Nettleton, the company has been in operation since early 2010. The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project ...

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Kemira unveils plans for plant expansion in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN — Global chemicals company Kemira is expanding its dry polymer manufacturing operations in Aberdeen. The project represents a corporate investment of $13.9 million and will create six direct jobs. “Kemira is very pleased with our recent acquisition of the Aberdeen site, and we are quickly implementing our first expansion project to our initial dry polymer operation in North America,” ...

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Officials begin looking toward post-tornado future

WINSTON COUNTY — Rescuers were still looking for people missing after last Monday’s tornado when Louisville and Winston County officials started thinking about long-term recovery. The county of 19,000 people in east Mississippi faces three major challenges — housing for hundreds left homeless, rebuilding its health care system after the twister shattered its hospital and jump-starting storm-damaged businesses. Rebuilding will ...

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SBA disaster assistance available due to rain, flooding

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Mississippi as a result of excessive rain and flooding beginning Jan. 1, 2013. The disaster declaration is effect for Clarke, George, ...

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