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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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Company adding 200 pharmaceutical jobs in Mississippi

A pharmaceutical company plans to add 200 jobs to its operations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. WLOX-TV reported that Geri-Care Pharmaceuticals Gulfport is expanding. Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes says the plant in his city makes most of the antacids sold in Mississippi and Alabama. Gov. Phil Bryant attended the ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday. Geri-Care is set to hire about 200 ...

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Mississippi lighting factory to close after business sold

A.L.P. Lighting Components is closing a 68-worker factory in northwest Mississippi, after it sold the business to another company. A.L.P. notified the Mississippi Department of Employment Security this month that it plans to start layoffs at its Olive Branch plant on March 8, with production ending by June 28. The Niles, Illinois, company sold part of its business making plastic ...

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Developers propose upscale lodge, conference center for Franklin County

A public-private consortium on Friday announced a proposal for a 200-room lodge, 1,000-person conference center and related amenities on 150 acres in the Homochitto National Forest near Lake Okhissa in southwest Mississippi. The land purchase was authorized following Congress’ passage of the farm bill last month and gives the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance, a coalition of local governments in five ...

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Kitchenware maker moving to Mississippi, will hire 400

A kitchenware maker will move a factory and distribution center from California to northwest Mississippi, investing $28 million and hiring 400 by June 2020. Corelle Brands of Rosemont, Illinois, announced plans Thursday for the facility near Byhalia, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Memphis, Tennessee. CEO Kenneth Wilkes said in a statement that the move will improve efficiency and ...

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Nissan to cut up to 700 contract workers in Mississippi

Nissan Motor Co. announced Thursday that it’s cutting up to 700 contract workers at its Mississippi assembly plant, citing slowing sales for vans and Titan pickup trucks that it makes there. The move follows Nissan’s December announcement that it’s cutting 1,000 jobs at two Mexican factories. Reports in May indicated the Japanese automaker would cut production by up to 20 ...

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Sanderson Championship scores a winner with a new date

By JACK WEATHERLY The Sanderson Farms Championship is on a roll. The championship played at the Country Club of Jackson will have a new date this year, Sept. 19-22, thus avoiding conflict with the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions held in China. That means the Sanderson tourney will be able to recruit top players who otherwise could be committed to the ...

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Madison County achieves certification as ACT Work Ready Community

The Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) announced that Madison County has met all criteria to become a certified ACT Work Ready Community. This achievement caps the two-year engagement process and begins a two-year growth and maintenance phase to retain certification. The ACT Work Ready Communities initiative is designed to assist a particular area, region or state in developing its ...

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