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Judge to hear opposing side in silicon metal plant dispute

BURNSVILLE — A federal judge has given opponents of a silicon metal plant in Mississippi’s northwest corner a chance to make their case in court. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock, in a November order, set a Dec. 2 hearing in Aberdeen to allow challengers to a permit issued by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to argue for a preliminary ...

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Kemper County plant will cost at least another $496M to complete

KEMPER COUNTY — Southern Co. says it will cost at least another $496 million to finish the power plant it’s building in eastern Mississippi’s Kemper County, pushing the total cost above $6.1 billion. And, unlike other recent overruns, customers could have to pay $167 million of the charges if regulators agree. The Atlanta-based parent of Mississippi Power Co. pushed back ...

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BlueFire looks to China for financing of biofuel plant

FULTON — A California-based biofuel company says the Export Import Bank of China may loan up to $270 million to build a plant in Fulton. BlueFire Renewables Inc. of Irvine, California, says the bank has signed a letter of intent. The U.S. Department of Energy ended funding to BlueFire last year after disbursing $12 million of an $88-million award, saying ...

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Villa International sites RV furniture factory in Belmont

BELMONT — A California company will open a recreational vehicle furniture factory in northeast Mississippi, with plans to hire 75 employees over five years. Villa International, based in Cerritos, California, will invest $250,000 to expand into Tishomingo County. It will pay an average annual salary of $35,360. The Mississippi Development Authority will loan Tishomingo County $507,000 to purchase the former ...

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Mars Food expanding Delta plant; investing $31M and adding jobs

GREENVILLE — Mars Food, which makes Uncle Ben’s Rice and other products at its Greenville plant, will invest $31 million to modernize operations and expand research at the plant. The company plans to add 25 jobs to the current 226 full-time and 230 contract workers at the 35-year-old operation. New production workers are expected to make $31,000 a year, while ...

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Texas company sites warehouse/plant in Southeast Mississippi

SUMMIT — A Houston oil-field services company is locating a new facility in Summit that will warehouse and eventually manufacture drilling fluids for oil drillers in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation. Newpark Drilling Fluids officials say the project will create 40 new jobs. Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation is located in southwest Mississippi and central Louisiana. The announcement was made yesterday ...

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ROXUL opens first U.S. plant in Marshall County industrial park

MARSHALL COUNTY — ROXUL Inc., a manufacturer of stone wool insulation products in North America, has officially opened its first manufacturing facility in the United States. ROXUL President Trent Ogilvie, ROCKWOOL International CEO Eelco van Heel and Gov. Phil Bryant cut the ribbon at the grand opening, which was followed by a tour of the $160 million plant located in ...

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GreenTech completes construction of Delta electric car plant

TUNICA — GreenTech Automotive (GTA), a U.S. automotive manufacturer dedicated to developing and producing environmentally friendly, energy-efficient vehicles, has completed construction on its new production facility in Tunica “GTA has made significant progress toward our engineering, production, hiring and industry partnership goals in recent months,” said Charles Wang, chairman and CEO of GTA. “We’re eager to move into our new, ...

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State's first tea garden survives bad weather with some losses

BROOKHAVEN — Mississippi’s cold, wet winter and spring gave the state’s new tea farm its first test. Owner Jason McDonald and business partner Timothy Gipson started the farm in October. Their 250 one-gallon plants and 10 three-gallon plants are thriving this summer, despite some losses. “The plants actually did really well,” said Rebecca Bates, Mississippi State University Extension Service Lincoln ...

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ITW TrueSteel to open plant in Pontotoc

Mississippi’s manufacturing community is adding a new name. ITW TrusSteel is opening a new 150,000-square-foot roll-forming and distribution facility in Pontotoc in north Mississippi. Kevin Viravec, ITW Building Components Group vice president and general manager, says in a news release the factory will begin operating in the fourth quarter of 2014 and initially employ about 10 people. Viravec says the ...

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