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Port of Gulfport stayed in touch with Chiquita, director says

By JACK WEATHERLY Chiquita never made a clean break with the Port of Gulfport. And the Port never lost touch with the importer of bananas and pineapples during its 30-month absence. And so insiders were not surprised when they announced last week they were getting back together – but quick. Chiquita and the port plan to make the relationship a ...

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Six Mississippi startups get a leg up with Wal-Mart

By JACK WEATHERLY  Six Mississippi startup companies went to Bentonville, Ark., last week, and all came back as certified suppliers for the international retailing giant. “The potential for these Mississippi startups is incredible,” said Tony Jeff, president and chief executive of Innovate Mississippi. Billy’s Original Foods is indeed a startup. “We just opened our manufacturing facility about a month ago,” ...

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Ingalls: Shipyard of the future

» Bond issues fund infrastructure and facility improvements By LISA MONTI Huntington-Ingalls Inc., America’s largest military shipbuilding company and Mississippi’s largest private employer, is entering the second year of its Shipyard of the Future initiative. This year, the Legislature approved a $45 million general obligation bond issue for Ingalls to go with previous issues. As in the past, the company will ...

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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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