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Golding Barge invests $20 million, adds 25 jobs

  MBJ staff Golding Barge Line is expanding operations in Vicksburg with a $20 million corporate investment and creation of 25 jobs. Golding Barge Line transports refined petroleum products, petrochemicals and chemical products throughout the U.S. inland waterway system. “We are excited about this opportunity to grow our business. This expansion will provide more employment opportunities, as well as increased ...

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Another Amazon center to be opened in north Mississippi

Amazon is locating its second Mississippi fulfillment center in north Mississippi. It will create 500 new full-time jobs at the facility in Olive Branch. In December 2018, Amazon announced it was locating a fulfillment center in Marshall County, creating 850 jobs over three years. “Amazon’s decision to locate a second consumer goods fulfillment center in north Mississippi is a tremendous ...

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Engine maker to add 250 jobs to Hattiesburg plant

By Jack Weatherly Kohler Engines, a manufacturer of industrial gasoline and diesel engines, announced Tuesday that it is expanding its Hattiesburg facility and adding 250 full-time jobs over the next two years. It produces engines primarily for zero-turn radius mowers and residential lawn mowers. The company’s existing Hattiesburg operations currently employ 350 full-time workers in addition to temporary, seasonal employees ...

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Oxford manufacturer to expand, create 25 additional jobs

MBJ staff SMW Manufacturing announced Monday that it will expand its operations in Oxford by investing $4 million and creating 25 jobs over the next four years to bring the work force to 75. SMW makes components for the heavy truck, automotive, mining, construction and industrial markets. In 2017, the company announced it would take over operations in the former ...

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Job skills, education emphasized at MEC meeting

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) is all about jobs and education. For that reason, speakers at the council’s annual meeting on Thursday talked and about where Mississippi stands in those categories. STAR students (the MEC’s Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition Program) were lauded and Gov. Phil Bryant ran down a litany of rankings that show that the state is ...

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General Atomics plans $20 million expansion in Lee County

MBJ staff General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems is expanding for the 10th time in 13 years in Shannon. The project is a $20 million private capital investment and is expected to create 48 jobs over the next three years. It currently employs 256. The Mississippi Development Authority is providing a $510,000 grant to help with equipment costs. Lee County will provide ...

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Complaint: Hattiesburg workers owed big pay hike

Up to 2,000 workers at the General Dynamics Information Technology Call Center in Hattiesburg stand to see a substantial increase in pay if the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division rules in favor of a complaint filed by the Communications Workers of America. The Hattiesburg workers, according to the union, could see their wages increased by $3,682 to $6,572 ...

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Economic report adds fuel to Nissan union vote fire

  By Jack Weatherly An updated study showing the major impact of the automotive industry on Mississippi’s economy was released Thursday as an election approaches at the Nissan plant in Canton in which the workers will decide whether to unionize. Participants in the press conference at the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership in Jackson voiced support for workers’ right to vote ...

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UPDATE: Union vote at Nissan plant set for Aug. 3-4

Workers at Nissan Motor Co.’s Mississippi plant will decide on Aug. 3 and 4 whether the United Auto Workers will represent them. The company and the UAW said Monday that they agree on the dates, subject to National Labor Relations Board approval. Workers favoring the union say collective bargaining would improve pay and working conditions. Nissan management opposes the UAW, ...

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