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No injuries reported in explosion at box maker’s plant

RICHLAND — Authorities say an explosion at a cardboard box manufacturing plant in Richland triggered a chemical spill, but no injuries were reported. Richland Fire Department spokesman Rob Martin said workers safely evacuated the International Paper facility after the explosion early Thursday. Ernie Shirley of the state Department of Environmental Quality said the explosion damaged tanks that spilled a hazardous ...

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Reshoring effort returning, keeping jobs in U.S.

By JACK WEATHERLY  The stream of millions of U.S. jobs going overseas has stopped, according to a report from the Chicago-based Reshoring Initiative. The net gain on reshoring and foreign investment in the United States was measured at 67,000 jobs nationwide in 2015, the organization said. That matched the loss of jobs, according to the initiative. Since the low point ...

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Hancock Fabrics stores to close by July 31

TUPELO — The liquidation of Hancock Fabrics is expected to be completed by July 31. That’s according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday. Great American Group of California is conducting the sale of merchandise — along with furniture, trade fixtures and equipment – at the company’s remaining 185 stores. Last Thursday, Great American’s bid for ...

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Reed’s Metals hires Garcia

Reed’s Metals, metal roofing and metal building manufacturer in Brookhaven, recently hired Carlos Garcia to direct its Finance Department. Garcia, a native of Wesson, has variety of experience and graduated from the University of Mississippi with his degree in Accounting in 2006. Garcia, who has been in banking for five years, is charged with developing new financial procedures for the ...

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Nissan March US sales rise 13 percent to break record

Nissan’s March sales rose 13 percent to hit a record for any month in its history, a strong sign that U.S. auto sales are continuing to grow despite predictions that they have peaked. The Japanese automaker says it sold 163,559 Nissan and Infiniti models last month, led by the Rogue small SUV. Rogue sales rose 1 percent to nearly 28,000, ...

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Ingalls gets $618 million Navy destroyer contract

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Industries has received a $618 million contract modification to fund the construction of a new guided-missile destroyer for the U.S. Navy. The Sun Herald reports the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer is the fourth of five destroyers Ingalls is slated to build as part of a multi-year contract awarded in June 2013. Spokesman Bill Glenn says ...

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MDA reveals clawbacks on TopShip deal

The Mississippi Development Authority has released to the Mississippi Business Journal the “clawbacks” that TopShip LLC agreed to for state funding and other considerations. The company, which will manufacture boats to service the offshore oil industry at the Port of Gulfport, promised to invest $68 million and create 1,000 jobs. In return, the MDA and the State Port Authority agreed ...

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VIP promotes Fennell

John Fennell has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales at VIP, the world’s largest manufacturer of premium cinema seating. A 15-year veteran of the cinema seating industry, Fennell joined the company in January 2014, relocating from San Diego, California where he served in sales for Seating Concepts. Over the past two years, VIP’s growth in sales has been ...

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Ingalls Shipbuilding successfully tests John Murtha

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, John P. Murtha, spent four days in the Gulf of Mexico last week with Ingalls’ test and trials team operating the ship and performing more than 200 test events. The Sun Herald reports the ship was built at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division in Pascagoula. Major evolutions during builder’s trials ...

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