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Navy supercomputing power to grow

The U.S. Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource Center at Stennis Space Center, one of the top 20 supercomputing sites in the world, is adding even more computer power. Starting in August, the new $21.8-million computers from Cray Inc. will be put to work performing large-scale scientific calculations for Department of Defense researchers around the county. “We have a customer base of ...

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Automotive industry driving manufacturing activity in Mississippi

Mississippi’s thriving automotive industry gave the state a boost in employment during January, according to a monthly survey of manufacturing activity in the southeastern states. The Southeast Purchasing Managers Index released by Kennesaw State University reported increased employment and finished inventory in the state. The survey also found that commodity prices increased in January. Overall, the survey findings represent “very ...

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Rolls-Royce testing jet engines nonstop at Stennis

Jet engine testing at the Rolls-Royce Outdoor Jet Engine Testing Facility at Stennis Space Center has been going almost nonstop for months. The company cut the ceremonial ribbon last October on the second of its outdoor test stands, which represents a $50 million investment, and is filling the last of the 35 jobs that the new test stand created. “Ever ...

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Spreading the word about … Asphalt

The Mississippi Asphalt Pavement Association was established in 1966 and its primary membership consists of 16 asphalt contractors and 60 associate members. Executive director Tone Garrett has headed the association for 28 years. “Our mission is to represent the industry and to develop and promote our product,” he said. “I like to spread the word about asphalt.” For example, Garrett ...

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Optimism increases for builders

After an especially harsh winter dragging on in Mississippi, contractors and others who work around the weather are looking forward to some relief with the coming spring season. Jay Carney, president of T.L. Wallace Construction based in Columbia, said contractors generally are “eternally optimistic and always look for a break in the weather” for activity to pick back up. “To ...

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Ammo maker, Atlantic Marksmen, launching custom rifle line

  Things are happening so quickly at Trade League Mississippi Central Europe Inc. that it is accelerating its plans to introduce new products. The international venture opened its Atlantic Marksmen unit in Gulfport late last year and now it is adding a custom gun line to its ammunition manufacturing and distribution business. “We started to accept the first purchase orders ...

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General aviation has big impact across the state

Can you name the busiest airport in the state of Mississippi? The surprising answer is Olive Branch, and the reason is simple. “Location, location, location,” said manager David Taylor. “We’re 10 miles from Memphis International and 5 miles due south of FedEx world headquarters.” It is classified as a reliever airport for Memphis but that’s a misnomer, said Taylor. “We’re ...

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