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Mississippi company receives contract to make Navy uniforms

A company in northeastern Mississippi will receive nearly $16 million to make U.S. Navy uniforms. Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith on Thursday announced the 18-month contract award to Golden Manufacturing Co. in Tishomingo County. The contract is for work to be completed by October 2020, and the Navy has the option to approve one-year extensions for the following three years. ...

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ALAN TURNER — PEOPLE LEASE: A Mississippi success story

It’s always inspiring to learn about business success stories in Mississippi. Our state has many successful entrepreneurs who have made a strong mark in the Mississippi business environment. People Lease is one of those. Recently, I talked with Ken Lewis, Director of Operations for People Lease, which is headquartered in Ridgeland. Born and raised in Mississippi, Ken spent 8 years ...

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Lexington-based coffee company invests $2M to expand, expects to add 55 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Lexington-based Southern Coffee Services is expanding its operations in a $2 million corporate investment that is expected to create 55 jobs over three years. Southern Coffee currently employs 14. The expansion is slated to be complete in January 2020. Southern Coffee aims to develop “sustainable businesses focused on restoring and strengthening the local communities. for generation,” ...

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Cooper Tire sales increase, profits decrease in first quarter

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal FINDLAY, Ohio • Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s sales increased in the first quarter of the year, but saw its profits drop from the same time a year ago. The company on Monday said sales totaled nearly $619.2 million, a 2.9 percent gain over the $601.5 million it recorded during the first quarter of ...

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MDA leading business development mission Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands

The Mississippi Development Authority will lead a multi-sector business development mission to Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands from June 18–25. Mississippi companies interested in expanding or initiating trade in these markets are invited to participate. “By participating in MDA’s business development mission to Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands, Mississippi businesses will have ample opportunities to forge mutually beneficial relationships in ...

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Damaged warship leaves dry dock after 15 months of repairs

A U.S. Navy destroyer is afloat again as an overhaul continues following a 2017 collision off Japan that killed seven sailors. The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command says the USS Fitzgerald launched out of a dry dock Tuesday at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The Fitzgerald moored alongside a pier for work that Rear Adm. Jim Downey says will now ...

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Half Shell Oyster House plan approved for downtown Madison

By JACK WEATHERLY Shucking the oyster on a long-anticipated arrival of a seafood restaurant in Madison is within reach. The city recently approved a site plan for a Half Shell Oyster House as a key element of an 18-acre mixed-use development. Plans by another developer fell through after the mayor and board of aldermen approved that site in 2017.   ...

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ALAN TURNER — Help us spread the good news about Mississippi’s great people, businesses, and institutions

A frequent complaint that most media people hear is “you only publish bad news.” It’s certainly true that not all news is good news, and covering important issues and topics is one our our key jobs. With that said, we’d like to talk about some of the good news that we regularly publish for our readers and viewers. The Mississippi ...

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Braves want to win hearts as 15th anniversary season begins

By TED CARTER A Wikipedia report has it that at least a dozen Jackson Mets players wed young ladies they met while in Jackson. That’s a lot of love. That the game was played on a diamond probably didn’t hurt. And with both love and baseball blooming in the spring, the Mississippi Braves are throwing in a diamond ring of ...

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A Shuck Nation is born as Biloxi Shuckers embark on 4th year

By TED CARTER A Shucker uprising at the turnstiles requires a Shuck Nation. So goes the thinking from the winter brain storming of the Biloxi Shuckers on strategies for filling up MGM Park, the baseball venue adjoining MGM’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. The idea is to make the product stickier. In the Shuckers new world, you make “sticky”  by ...

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