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Mississippi foundations a rising tide that lifts all boats

By BECKY GILLETTE According to the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers (MAG) report for 2015, foundation giving in Mississippi has increased significantly from $55 million in 2001 to $91 million in 2012. Mississippi businesses are often involved either with foundations of their own or by supporting community foundations. Sammy Moon, coordinator of the association, said it is obvious that non-profit foundations ...

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Nissan impact on state economy continues to grow

By JACK WEATHERLY Nissan’s automotive assembly plant at Canton continues to grow as a major economic player in the immediate area and statewide, according to a new study. Nissan’s direct and indirect contribution to the state’s gross domestic product averages $2.9 billion a year, up from $2.5 billion in a 2013 report from the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research ...

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Fire guts Tupelo factory that made lawn tractor wheels

TUPELO — A fire at a Tupelo factory that makes lawn tractor wheels may have caused millions in damage. Local media report no one was injured by the fire at Custom Engineered Wheels, which broke out late Thursday. Officials say the fire that gutted the 36,000-square foot building was accidental, starting on a piece of equipment. The building had no ...

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Crosby wins PepsiCo ring

Curtis Crosby, Territory Manager for large format accounts at the Jackson branch of Brown Bottling Group, has been selected as a recipient of the PepsiCo Chairman’s Ring of Honor. The Chairman’s Ring of Honor, an award created in 1999, recognizes and celebrates the “best of the best” of PepsiCo’s frontline sales team across the globe. Honorees are selected on the ...

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Harrison Co. gives tax breaks to bit manufacturer, shipyard

On the day Harrison County supervisors OK’d tax breaks for a $450 million project at the state port, it also approved breaks for smaller projects. Metadyne Gulfport will be exempt from personal-property taxes, about $14,000 a year, for five years. Metadyne makes carbide bits for the mining, construction and other industries. Supervisor Marlin Ladner said Tuesday the company also received ...

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State port trying to land its biggest tenant

The state port is trying to land its biggest tenant. The Sun Herald reports the company that would use a patented system to condition and liquefy gas on the West Pier for shipment to the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. SeaOne Gulfport LLC’s first production facility and export terminal is estimated to cost $450 million, with expansion plans that would in ...

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ALAN TURNER — Newspapers and our American heritage

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” – Thomas Jefferson As we approach another 4th of July, it would be good to pause for a few minutes in our busy lives and reflect on all of the ...

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Ashley Furniture to pay $1.75M to settle safety citations

Wisconsin-based Ashley Furniture has agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle alleged safety violations at four of its plants, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday. Ashley Furniture entered into a corporate-wide agreement aimed at protecting workers from machine hazards, the agency said. The agreement also resolves all pending citations at the company’s plants in Arcadia and Whitehall, ...

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Milwaukee Tool invests $1.5 million, adds 75 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY The Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. is adding 75 jobs and investing $1.5 million in its Greenwood plant. The expansion will bring total employment to 583, according to a Friday release. That solidifies its position as the largest manufacturer in Greenwood and Leflore County, putting distance between it and home-grown Viking Range, whose employment was 421 a year ...

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OSHA fines Amory boat builder $66,000

Nautic Star LLC of Amory has been cited for 23 safety and health violations and fined $66,000 by the federal Occupational and Safety and Health Administration. Fifteen of the violations were considered serious. Among them are: Failure to provide training to protect workers from engine startup. Not providing hazard communications. Failure to cover 55-gallon barrels that contain flammable liquids. Electrical ...

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