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Piping company opens $3.8M Mississippi warehouse, hiring 60

Mueller Industries is opening a new warehouse in northeast Mississippi, investing $3.8 million and hiring 60 workers. The Memphis, Tennessee-based company makes pipes, valves and fittings. It built the warehouse next to its factory in Fulton, cutting the ribbon Thursday with Gov. Phil Bryant. Mueller says the 74,000-square-foot (6,900-sq. meter) warehouse is needed to meet increased customer demand. Mississippi Development ...

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Beauty retailer opens Mississippi warehouse with 220 workers

Beauty retailer Sephora says it’s opened a northern Mississippi distribution center with 220 workers. The unit of French luxury goods house LVMH didn’t immediately say Thursday when asked how much it’s investing in Olive Branch. Employment is supposed to grow to 400. Sephora is renting the 720,000-square-foot (67,000 sq. meter) warehouse from San Francisco-based Prologis. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy ...

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Margaritaville Resort amusement park ‘will reshape the traditional landscape of Biloxi’

By BECKY GILLETTE What could be more fun than hanging out at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Resort and Hotel in Biloxi? It might be enjoying the beachside amusement park that is currently planned next to the Margaritaville located on Point Cadet. Milton Segarra, CEO, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, said by definition amusement parks are exciting. That is even more true when ...

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Washington County Economic Alliance honored

The Washington County Economic Alliance received honors for a communications piece at the SEDC Communication Awards Ceremony. The awards ceremony was held during the 2018 Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) Annual Conference, July 29-31, 2018 in Mobile, AL. The Communication Awards are given each year by SEDC at its annual conference. Over twenty categories of communications and marketing work submitted ...

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Hairston graduates Delta Leadership Institute

Butler Snow has announced that Tray Hairston is one of six Mississippi graduates of Delta Regional Authority’s (DRA) Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy. The year-long training program brings together public, private and nonprofit-sector leaders from each of the eight states served by DRA and equips participants with the tools, experiences and networks that will help them create new economic ...

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Nissan invests $170m at assembly plants to make new Altima

Nissan has announced a $170 million investment at assembly plants in Tennessee and Mississippi to produce the 2019 Altima sedan. Nissan North America made the announcement Thursday at its facility in Smyrna, Tennessee, where the company celebrated the start of production of the car’s sixth generation. The $170 million investment was used to upgrade its plants in Smyrna and Canton, ...

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Mississippi’s senators say award to help city buy airport

Mississippi’s senators say the City of Olive Branch has received a $14.9 million federal grant to help with the purchase of the Olive Branch Airport. U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, in a news release Thursday, said the city will become the airfield’s primary operator. It’s been in operation since 1972, and the purchase guarantees the continued operations of ...

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Wise Carter hosts Focus on Jackson series

Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A.  recently hosted the third event in the Focus on Jackson series titled, “The Economic Impact of Downtown Jackson Colleges.” The event featured a panel discussion by Dr. Roger Parrott, President of Belhaven University, Dr. William Bynum, Jr., President of Jackson State University, Dr. Robert Pearigen, President of Millsaps College, and was moderated by Maggie ...

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Show fountain will be focal point of Renaissance phase 2

By MBJ STAFF A show fountain will be the centerpiece and gathering place for the second phase of the Renaissance at Colony Park. “This will be the first retail show fountain of this magnitude in the state of Mississippi,” said J. Wickham Zimmerman, chief executive officer of Outside the Lines, the designer and builder. “The property co-owner and developer, The ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — predictions and outcomes

PHIL HARDWICK Ten years ago I wrote a column in which I offered 10 things that I believe will shape the future of housing and communities. It’s time for a checkup. 1. (Prediction) Increased use of technology in houses – Energy management, security, mood settings and efficient use of all things mechanical and electrical in our houses has been around ...

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