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Oxford, Lafayette County live up to lofty status

By MIKE LEE / Business Trend OXFORD – Business and industrial growth is booming across the Mid-South. At the forefront of that trend in Mississippi is the city of Oxford, county seat of Lafayette County, located in the center of the northern one-fifth of the state. The community offers advantages unmatched and for various reasons. For families, Oxford provides one ...

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No Trump brand, but prime Cleveland hotel will open in fall

By JACK WEATHERLY In case you missed it, Trump Hotels announced last Thursday that it was parting ways with a Mississippi hotel chain with which it had planned to open a prime lodging complex in Cleveland. Chawla Hotels Inc., headed by brothers Suresh and Dinesh Chawla, were working toward adding what they were calling the Lyric to their chain of ...

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Coast seeks next generation of professionals

By LISA MONTI The low cost of living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast along with upgrades in some downtown districts give the coastal counties a big advantage in attracting a new generation of professionals. That’s one of the key takeaways from a new analysis commissioned by the Gulf Coast Business Council to find out how the Mississippi coast stacks up ...

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Nicaud set to open restaurant in Bay St. Louis

By LISA MONTI The Nicaud family’s restaurant group that spans the coast and dots the state is about to add a new one this spring. Chef Field Nicaud is returning to the Coast from New York to open a steak and oyster restaurant at 111 Main St. in Bay St. Louis. It’s the same space where the Old Cuevas Bistro ...

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Fertilizer maker invests $20 million in Mississippi, hire 20

A liquid fertilizer manufacturer says it will invest $20 million to expand its Mississippi plant and hire 20 new employees over the next two to three years. Vicksburg Plant Food says it has won a new contract and is responding to increased customer demand. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft says the state is providing $100,000 to the company for ...

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Illinois medical equipment maker expanding in Mississippi

Medical equipment maker Baxter International is expanding a Mississippi Delta plant, with plans to add 50 to 100 new employees in about two years. Baxter spokeswoman Lauren Russ told The Associated Press that the company is doubling capacity at its Cleveland plant to fill bottles of irrigation solution used to clean tissue and wounds. Baxter is also adding equipment to ...

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Northeast Mississippi furniture company to expand, hiring 71

A northeast Mississippi furniture maker is investing $500,000 in an expansion, with plans to hire 71 new employees over four years. HomeStretch announced the expansion of its Nettleton plant on Thursday. The plant, which opened in 2010 and makes upholstered reclining furniture, now has 430 employees. Company President Skipper Holliman says the company is trying to fill growing demand. HomeStretch ...

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Old ice plant to turn back pages of downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Jack Pickering worked in Charleston, S.C. for a while, which gave him a perspective and an entrepreneurial vision on Jackson. He was taken by the South Carolina city known for its charming historical downtown that is a major tourist attraction. After he landed a job as manager of a new retail shop in Charleston, Circle Seven ...

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Many jobs at Amazon Fulfillment Centers are physically demanding

By BECKY GILLETTE mbj@msbusiness.com In late December, Amazon announced that it will be locating its first Amazon Fulfillment Center in Mississippi in Marshall County creating 850 full-time jobs paying a minimum of $15 per hour plus benefits. The fulfillment center will cover 554,000 square feet of space that will be used to store, pick, pack and ship items such as ...

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