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CARTER: Give ADP failing marks on Clinton shutdown disclosure

  T.J. McSparrin at the Clinton Chamber had a to do-list last Thursday morning that included a call to Automatic Data Processing, better known as ADP. Time to pitch them on renewing their Chamber membership. You may want to scratch that from your list, I told her. ADP would soon be on a midnight train to Georgia – and leaving ...

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Clinton losing ADP as company shifts up to 100 jobs to Georgia

Automatic Data Processing, a business-outsourcing provider more commonly known as ADP, is shutting down in Clinton and moving its approximately 100 jobs to Augusta, Ga. New Jersey-based ADP has not responded to phone calls over the last couple of days but a spokesman for the Mississippi Development Authority confirmed the company’s departure from the WorldCom Center, where it moved into ...

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CARTER: Gray Swoope playing risky political card in Florida

Gray Swoope, the former head of the Mississippi Development Authority who left for a similar role in Florida in early 2011, has inserted himself into a political blame game in the Sunshine State. Swoope has been assigned the role of a blocking back of sorts for Rick Scott, Florida’s hugely unpopular Republican governor and the man who appointed him head ...

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Metso adding jobs in Clarksdale; mattress maker opening plant in Belmont

Conveyor component maker Metso is initiating a $4 million expansion that will add 30 to 50 workers to its 62-member workforce at the company’s Clarksdale plant, the Mississippi Development Authority said Monday. The announcement follows a notice Friday from the MDA that 200 jobs are expected to be created through sleep products manufacturer Comfort Revolution’s relocation of its manufacturing operation ...

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Defense firm Mav6 represents Ms. on Inc. 500; six others land on Inc. 5000

Privately owned defense contracting firm based in Vicksburg represents Mississippi’s lone entry on the Inc. 500 for 2012, though six other companies received rankings on the magazine’s Inc. 5000 for this year. In rankings released Tuesday, systems integrator Mav6 moved from a 2011 ranking of 373 to 230th on the Inc. 500 list, propelled by revenue growth of 1,556 percent ...

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Sen. Burton will head new energy committee; Polk to lead education panel

Mississippi state Sen. Terry Burton has been picked to chair the newly created Senate Energy Committee and Sen. John Polk has been chosen to lead the Universities and Colleges Committee, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday after making the appointments. Burton, R-Newton, will lead the 15-member Energy Committee, which oversees legislation related to the oil and gas industry, public utilities ...

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Reshoring Success: AirGuide moving manufacturing from Mexico to Clarksdale

A Florida company’s decision to relocate part of its manufacturing operation from Mexico to Clarksdale gives Mississippi a win in a national “reshoring” effort by which states hope to persuade U.S. manufacturers to bring some or all of their operations home. HVAC equipment manufacturer AirGuide of Hialeah, Fla., is moving its manufacturing operations from Mexico and Texas to Clarksdale, creating ...

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Mississippi Development Authority taps Jim McArthur as new deputy director

  Jim McArthur, a former utility equipment sales executive, has joined the Mississippi Development Authority as deputy director. McArthur brings nearly 20 years in business development, marketing and economic development to the post, the MDA says. Previously, McArthur served for three years as regional sales director for Itron, formerly SmartSynch. At Itron, a provider of energy and water management equipment ...

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Mississippi delegation to head to Japan to talk trade, investment

Japan, as Mississippi’s top foreign investment partner, will receive a visit in September from a delegation of Magnolia State economic development officials and business leaders. The delegation will travel to Tokyo for the 35th Annual Joint Meeting of the Southeast U.S./Japan (SEUS – Japan) and Japan – U.S. Southeast Associations, Sept. 13-15. Gov. Phil Bryant will lead the Mississippi delegation ...

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State to highlight contracting opportunities for minority, women-owned businesses

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is hosting a day-long conference and networker August 16 to connect minority- and women-owned businesses in Mississippi to procurement opportunities available at state agencies. The event, Access Mississippi, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex, 105 Pascagoula St. Gov. Phil Bryant emphasized that Access Mississippi is an important component ...

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