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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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Boxx: State fares well at Internet trading

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT mbj@msbusiness.com Mississippi exports around $11 billion internationally, and the Mississippi Development Authority’s International Trade Office director Rose Boxx wants to increase those numbers. “In my opinion,” she said, “Mississippi has fared very well internationally. We have a very aggressive trade promotion program in our state, especially considering the size of Mississippi in comparison to other Southern ...

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Court tosses embezzlement conviction of Jackson ex-official

The Mississippi Court of Appeals is tossing out the embezzlement conviction of a man who used to run a downtown Jackson business organization. The Clarion Ledger reports the court ruled Tuesday in favor of Ben Allen, a former Jackson City Council member who worked for Downtown Jackson Partners. Allen was convicted of a single count of embezzlement in 2017 in ...

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