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Huntington-Ingalls gets $936M contract for another destroyer

A Mississippi shipyard has a $936 million Navy contract modification to build another destroyer equipped to launch guided missiles. This comes in addition to a $5.1 billion contract signed in 2018 for Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula to build six Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The contract and Monday’s modification are for Flight III of the design, which the Navy says incorporates an air and missile defense radar ...

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Perry Nations honored for pushing craft education to the forefront in Mississippi

If there is someone whom Mississippians can thank for modernizing the state’s career and technical education programs, it makes sense to start with Perry Nations. In recognition of his contributions to craft education and workforce development, Nations received the 2020 President’s Hard Hat Award from the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation during a virtual awards program on June 19. “Perry is ...

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Business, educational and religious groups throw support behind new state flag

By BECKY GILLETTE The state flag of Mississippi that incorporates an image of the Confederate battle flag has long been controversial. A voter referendum in 2001 to change the flag to something without racial overtones failed by a margin of two-to-one in a state where 37 percent of the population is black. Today, after the worldwide protests over the death ...

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Ingalls gains $145 million ship contract

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced Wednesday that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a third contract modification from the U.S. Navy for $145 million to provide long-lead-time material and advance procurement activities for amphibious assault ship LHA 9. This modification brings the total advance funding for LHA 9 to $350 million. “This advance procurement contract will help protect the health of ...

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Business and innovation leader named director of MSU Advanced Composites Institute

Christopher Bounds, a polymer scientist with extensive training and experience in business, marketing, leadership and innovation, is the new director of Mississippi State’s Advanced Composites Institute. The unit is part of MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, the nation’s leading academic research institute dedicated exclusively to the advancement of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Bounds joins MSU from Albemarle Corp., headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., where ...

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U.S. manufacturing output takes biggest hit in 100 years

        Shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic caused manufacturing output in the United States to drop by 13.7% in April, the steepest decline in the 101-year history of the industrial production index. All major industries reported declines in output, with the production of motor vehicles and parts the most affected, experiencing a 72% decline in output.

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Nationwide Plastics Brandon is now Curbell Plastics Jackson

Curbell Plastics, Inc., one of the nation’s top suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, tapes, and fabricated parts, acquired Nationwide Plastics, Inc. with three locations on August 26, 2019. The Brandon, Mississippi location operating as Nationwide Plastics, Inc. a division of Curbell Plastics, Inc. has officially become Curbell Plastics Jackson. “Fully integrating this location and team as Curbell Plastics Jackson will ...

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Master-Bilt to close permanently in New Albany

Master-Bilt’s manufacturing facility in New Albany is closing permanently, the company announced Tuesday. “Refrigerated Solutions Group today announced that after a full review of its business opportunities, market conditions and other options, it reached the difficult but necessary decision to begin the process of permanently closing its manufacturing facility located in New Albany, Mississippi,” a statement from the company says. The ...

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Blue Delta Jeans featured on LinkedIn’s Beyond the Call’ list

Blue Delta Jeans is featured on LinkedIn’s Beyond the Call list, which highlights the nation’s top 20 companies who are going above the call of duty in the face of the pandemic. LinkedIn spent the last month tracking the actions of big and small companies to distill its traits, speaking with business professors and historians and tapping the insights of ...

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Layoffs announced at Master-Bilt in New Albany

Layoffs have been announced at Master-Bilt in New Albany. It is unclear how many employees lost their jobs. The following statement was released regarding the layoffs: “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused sudden, dramatic, and unexpected conditions outside of our company’s control. The major economic downturn, combined with the governmental forced closures of many of our customers, has ...

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