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Organic fertilizer supplement maker to invest $8M, hiring 25

A Florida company that makes organic fertilizer supplements will open a north Mississippi factory, investing $8 million and hiring 25 people. Humic Growth Solutions says it has bought a building in Sardis and plans to begin making and distributing products there by February. The Jacksonville, Florida, company has bought a 65,000-square-foot (6,000-sq. meter) building, planning a 6,000-square-foot (550-sq. meter) addition. ...

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MMA names Williams Executive Director of the MEP

The Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) has named James Williams as Executive Director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Williams replaced Dr. John “Jay” Tice IV, who retired Jan. 31. The MMA-MEP is one of 51 centers that provides services to assist manufacturers in being globally competitive and is sponsored in Mississippi by the MMA. Williams is the former Executive Director ...

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Nufarm hires three to lead Greenville manufacturing facility operations

Nufarm has announced the appointment of Scott Pfantz to operations manager for the company’s newest manufacturing facility in Greenville. Pfantz was most recently operations manager of Nufarm’s Chicago Heights facility, which achieved an impressive seven years without a lost-time incident this year. “Scott’s deep knowledge of Nufarm and our customers, his safety-minded approach, and his skills in starting operations from ...

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Mississippi shipyard expanding for Coast Guard icebreaker

A shipbuilder is expanding on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after receiving a $746 million contract to make a heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Coast Guard. Mississippi officials say Monday that VT Halter Marine will invest $37.5 million at its Pascagoula shipyard and is expected to create 900 jobs the next five years. Mississippi Development Authority is providing a $12.5 million ...

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Germany-based Krone moving HQ to Olive Branch

By BECKY GILLETTE Krone, a family-owned company based in Spelle, Germany, that has been doing business in the United States since 1973, has made plans to move its North American division, Krone NA, from Memphis, to Olive Branch in DeSoto County. The Olive Branch location will cost $1.5 million and employ 45 people working in parts and distribution for the ...

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LT Corporation acquires assets of LP Cylinder Service, Inc.

LT Corporation of Cleveland, the parent company of Quality Steel Corporation, a manufacturer and industry leader in value-added services to its customers, announced the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of LP Cylinder Service, Inc. LP Cylinder, founded in 1984 and operating with two facilities in Shohola, PA, is recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in the propane ...

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Georgia-Pacific names Breazeale Public Affairs Manager

Georgia-Pacific has announced that Jessica Breazeale has joined its mill in Monticello as Public Affairs Manager. A native of Copiah County, Breazeale has been in public relations for 15 years. Breazeale will focus on using internal and external communications to increase facility long-term value and understanding of the facilities’ operations. Breazeale is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. ...

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Greater than ever: Toyota has high expectations for next-generation Corolla

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS • When Toyota Mississippi rolled out a “Blueprint”-colored Corolla amid smoke and flashing lights onto a stage Monday, the hundreds of guests and team members gathered to watch cheered heartily. The newest Corolla, the 12th-generation compact car that’s the entry level vehicle in the Toyota family, will be on dealership showrooms and ...

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Northrop Grumman recognized with Manufacturing Leadership Awards

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been recognized by the National Association of Manufacturers with Manufacturing Leadership Awards for three of its aircraft manufacturing capabilities. The cutting-edge capabilities harness metadata, analytics, and virtual and augmented reality in multiple Northrop Grumman manufacturing programs. The company was recognized for the following technologies: The assembly metadata integration project extracts quality data from automated systems on ...

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South Carolina firm plans $2M Mississippi branch, hiring 20

A South Carolina meat company is investing $2 million to open a warehouse in Mississippi’s Delta region, hiring 20 people. Blue Ridge Foods announced Tuesday that it has bought a warehouse in Greenwood to expand distribution and reach suppliers west of the Mississippi River. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft says the company is eligible for income, franchise, sales and ...

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