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VIP Cinema closed for good, hundreds laid off

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – VIP Cinema Holdings Inc., after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month, has closed for good. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the company told its remaining employees that because of the coronavirus pandemic, it could not get the financing it needed to restructure. VIP, which was founded in ...

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Cal-Maine founder dies; egg company turns quarterly profit

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods Inc. on Monday announced that Fred R. Adams, Jr., the company’s founder and chairman emeritus, died Sunday at the age of 88 following an extended illness. Adams founded Adams Egg Co. in 1957, which was the predecessor to Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., which incorporated in 1969. He served as chairman and CEO until 2012. Under his ...

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VT Halter Marine awarded fourth U.S. Navy berthing barge

VT Halter Marine of Pascagoula, a company of ST Engineering North America, was awarded a contract option for the U.S. Navy’s fourth Auxiliary Personnel Lighter–Small (APL(S)) 67 Class berthing and messing barge. The contract award is $39,906,609 for a firm, fixed-price option for the detail design and construction of the vessel. VT Halter Marine is currently constructing the first three ...

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Blue Delta shifting from jeans production to masks

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • Blue Delta Jean Co. is shifting its focus from making $500 jeans to making much-needed protective masks. “We’re going to be working 12-hour days, six days a week,” said CEO Josh West. “We’re looking at 400 to 500 masks per person per day, so that’s 30,000-50,000 masks per week.” The company is shifting ...

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Some Mississippi furniture manufacturers suspending operations

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal PONTOTOC • Thousands of furniture manufacturing employees will be idled in the coming days as the coronavirus continues its march. On Sunday, Behold Washington CEO Lyle Harris said the company would stop production at least through Friday. In addition, Southern Motion and Fusion Furniture said they would not open Monday. The companies said results came ...

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Jones College inspires three generations at Blackwell Timber Company

ELLISVILLE – The Ricky Blackwell family tree is full of foresters and Jones College graduates. In 1993, when Ricky Blackwell Jr. came to Jones to major in forestry, a family tradition began that now spans over three generations. Technically, his father, Ricky Blackwell Sr. planted the “forestry bug” in his son and grandsons while hauling pulpwood. He also had previous ...

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Nissan, Toyota to temporarily shut down

Nissan on Wednesday said it would halt production at its Canton facility and others in the U.S. for two weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Clarion Ledger. The production outage — affecting about 5,250 employees in Canton — will last from March 20 through April 6. “The company is taking this action to boost containment efforts where possible around the COVID-19 coronavirus,” ...

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Master-Bilt Refrigeration Solutions sold as part of $11M deal

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal HUDSON, Wisc. • Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group has agreed to sell its Master-Bilt and Nor-Lake refrigeration businesses to Ten Oaks Group for $11 million The closing is expected to occur in the next 45 days. Until the sale is complete, it will be “business as usual,” Standex said. The company has a Master-Bilt manufacturing ...

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Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias honored by University of South Alabama

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias was among three University of South Alabama alumni honored with a 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award presented at the 16th Annual Distinguished Alumni and Service Awards celebration last week in Mobile, Alabama. Cuccias was recognized for his outstanding achievements and leadership demonstrated throughout his career. Upon receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award, he ...

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Ingalls Shipbuilding successfully completes second builder’s trials for guided missile destroyer

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has successfully completed the second builder’s sea trials of guided missile destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119). The Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer spent more than three days in the Gulf of Mexico testing the ship’s main propulsion, combat and other ship systems. “It truly takes a team to accomplish what ...

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