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Building materials rebound thanks to residential construction spike

COLUMBUS- Brickyard executive Ed Thebaud hasn’t seen much to signal a rebound in the brick and tile business in Mississippi and other Southeastern states. But he says he is encouraged to see some of the lingering gloom of Mississippi’s construction materials sector erased by new companies ready to set up shop here, expand here or even restart operations shut down ...

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Commercial contractors are still struggling in state

The news is mainly good on the residential side of the construction industry that is currently weathering its worst cycle in decades. Unfortunately, the commercial contractors are still having a hard time finding work. And while industry leaders see some optimistic signs, the outlook remains guarded at best. Homebuilders are starting to see some sunlight. And, Oxford-based mortgage technology company ...

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Survey says home builder confidence highest since 2007

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes is at its highest level since the housing market collapse, the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) shows. The survey released last Tuesday by the homebuilders and national banking giant measures “sentiment” and reports that the confidence level nudged up one point from the previous month ...

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City adopts new zoning regulations, building code

D’IBERVILLE — New zoning regulations have been adopted in D’Iberville that simplify the city code and require commercial buildings to meet architectural standards. The Sun Herald reports Chris Watson, a consultant with Bridge & Watson urban and regional planners, held up a slim book of regulations yesterday that replace a fatter volume that was in use. Watson said he worked ...

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Settlement reached in tainted Chinese drywall case

NEW ORLEANS — A settlement outlined yesterday between a major manufacturer of Chinese-made drywall and homebuilders who used the tainted product in Florida, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi could affect anywhere from 800 to 1,500 homes, attorneys said. Lawyers called it a significant step toward resolving problems with some 10,000 buildings blamed on the drywall. Plaintiffs’ lawyer Bruce Steckler said the ...

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City to offer incentives for new home construction

PASCAGOULA — The City of Pascagoula will waive up to $5,000 in permit and utility connection fees for some new home construction. The Mississippi Press reports city council members hope to spur homebuilding. “I’m excited about the ordinance (that waives the fees),” City Manager Joe Huffman said. “I think it’s a real opportunity to make a difference and create investment ...

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Building permits down, but city expects to collect more fees

OLIVE BRANCH — Olive Branch may record fewer residential building permits this year than ever before, but the city still expects to collect more in permit fees because of big-box business development. The Commercial Appeal reports city officials collected $296,000 in building permit fees last year but expect to collect $375,000 this year, an increase of $79,000. The bulk of ...

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Manufacturer settles Chinese drywall cases

PLAQUEMINE, La. — Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co., Ltd., one of the companies responsible for manufacturing defective Chinese drywall, has agreed to settle two Louisiana cases set to go to trial today in U.S. District Court Judge Eldon E. Fallon’s courtroom in New Orleans. Plaintiffs, Paul and Celeste Clement and John Campbell, own homes that contain Chinese drywall and brought suit ...

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EPA penalizes Coast homebuilder

WAVELAND — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined a former Hancock County builder $100,000 for illegally filling wetlands in 2004. EPA officials say Rodney O. Corr was cited for violations when he owned the property of the failed Cameron Bay development on Highway 603. Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo tells the Sea Coast Echo that the 14-acre site was originally ...

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