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Mississippi seen as contender for Toyota-Mazda plant

By JACK WEATHERLY The same day that workers at the Nissan North America plant in Canton voted strongly against unionizing, another Japanese automaker with Mississippi ties, Toyota, announced it would team up with Mazda Motor Corp. to build another assembly plant in the South. A vote to join the United Auto Workers union would have sent a message to foreign automakers, which ...

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Nissan workers reject effort by UAW to organize plant

Workers at the Nissan assembly plant in Canton have rejected union representation, adding to decades of futility by United Auto Workers organizers at foreign-owned auto plants in the South. A spokeswoman for Nissan Motor Co. said late Friday that the union lost a pivotal vote by 3,700 eligible workers. Nissan says the final vote total was 2,244 to 1,307. The ...

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Former contract workers key in Mississippi Nissan union vote

A bid by workers at Mississippi’s Nissan Motor Co. plant for United Auto Workers representation could turn on a key voting bloc — 1,500 workers who are Nissan employees today, but were initially hired through contract labor agencies. Those workers say they make less than longtime Nissan employees and have worse benefits, and UAW supporters say that’s a disparity they’d ...

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Groups highlight impact of auto industry on state

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Automotive is Mississippi’s fastest-growing industry, with nearly 7,200 new jobs created since 2010, according to a study compiled by Mississippi State University’s National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center. About 18,250 people are employed in the automotive industry. Results of the study were released Thursday at the Greater Jackson Partnership by the Mississippi Economic ...

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Economic report adds fuel to Nissan union vote fire

  By Jack Weatherly An updated study showing the major impact of the automotive industry on Mississippi’s economy was released Thursday as an election approaches at the Nissan plant in Canton in which the workers will decide whether to unionize. Participants in the press conference at the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership in Jackson voiced support for workers’ right to vote ...

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Nissan supplier to invest $16.3 million, create 98 jobs

MBJ staff Calsonic Kansei announced on Monday a $16.3 million corporate expansion in Madison, which will create 98 jobs. A supplier to Nissan’s Canton automotive assembly plant, Calsonic Kansei said in a release that the company employs more than 500 at the Nissan location.  The company said new workers will make an average of $52,000 annually. Calsonic is leasing and refitting a former warehouse ...

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UPDATE: Union vote at Nissan plant set for Aug. 3-4

Workers at Nissan Motor Co.’s Mississippi plant will decide on Aug. 3 and 4 whether the United Auto Workers will represent them. The company and the UAW said Monday that they agree on the dates, subject to National Labor Relations Board approval. Workers favoring the union say collective bargaining would improve pay and working conditions. Nissan management opposes the UAW, ...

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Cosmetics chain to open distribution center in DeSoto, create 400 jobs

MBJ staff Sephora Americas will open a distribution center in Olive Branch this summer. The new 720,000-square-foot distribution center in Prologis Park features state-of-the-art technology. The expansion of distribution operations is expected to create approximately 400 jobs during the next five years. Operations will begin this month and shipping is expected to begin in late summer. “We are very pleased to ...

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General Atomics lands $195M Navy contract

General Atomics confirmed Monday that it has been awarded a contract for the Advanced Arresting Gear – the device that helps stop aircraft when they land on an aircraft carrier – for the future Gerald R. Ford-class carrier, the USS Enterprise. According to a UPI report last month, the contract is valued at more than $195 million. That’s on top ...

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DENNIS SEID: Deja vu all over again for market

Eleven years ago, Tupelo Furniture Market officials surveyed retailers and exhibitors, and the results showed a desire to move the twice-yearly trade shows. The market has traditionally held its shows in February and August, calling them the spring and fall markets, respectively. And so, the market shifted the dates to January and June. “This was requested by them, who said ...

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