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Report: Florida bans 'climate change' from use by state agencies

Add “climate change” and “global warming” to terms that can get Florida government officials into hot water, the Miami Herald reports. At least that’s what former officials of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection say Gov. Rick Scott has set as official state policy. Scott, in an interview with the Miami Herald late Monday afternoon, denied he has forbidden use ...

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Charleston, S.C., wins Daimler AG sweeptakes for Sprinter van plant

The Charleston area appears to be 1,200 jobs closer to being recognized as a leading automotive center, the Charleston Post and Courier reports. While Daimler AG is not expected to announce its plan until Friday, insiders say it is primed to expand its North Charleston plant, which currently employs about 100 people and assembles Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans. Its new function ...

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Columbus-built Airbus gets FAA airworthiness approval

COLUMBUS — The first Airbus Helicopters AS350 AStar helicopter completely assembled in the U.S. has received airworthiness certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. The AS350 B3e rolled off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. final assembly line in Columbus, Mississippi, at the end of December. Airbus officials say in a news release that the Columbus plant is set up to produce 30 ...

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ASA postmortem: industrial recruiting is a constant cycle of death and life

By JACK WEATHERLY  Raising $1.2 billion for an industrial project can be a daunting task, if not a deal killer. For economic developers in Mississippi, American Specialty Alloys’ protracted and secretive efforts in that regard became an issue that ultimately sent the project south to Pineville, La. American Specialty started out last year with a show of force that augured well ...

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New Orleans congestion keeps Chiquita Gulfport port

GULFPORT — Chiquita containers filled with paper arrive by truck and rail at the State Port in Gulfport where they are stored for later movement to New Orleans for southbound shipment. Along with its own cargo, Crowley Liner Services is shipping into Gulfport northbound Chiquita containers loaded with produce. Chiquita moved to New Orleans in October after 40 years in Gulfport. ...

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J. Craig Stepan chosen as new leader for Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway board

COLUMBUS — The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority has hired an Alabama man as its new administrator. The hiring of J. Craig Stepan of Fairhope, Alabama, was announced in a news release. Stepan succeeds Bruce Windham who resigned last year due to illness. Stepan will also be president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Council, the authority’s trade association. Stepan was president ...

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(UPDATED — BREAKING NEWS) American Specialty Alloys won’t locate $1.2B mill in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY American Specialty Alloys, a startup aluminum manufacturer that had been in negotiations with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Golden Triangle development agency since last spring, announced late Friday it has signed a deal with the state of Louisiana to build a $1.2 billion mill in Pineville, which is adjacent to Alexandria on the Red River. Rumors ...

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American Specialty Alloys won't locate mill in Mississippi

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A metals manufacturer will locate in central Louisiana a proposed $1.2 billion aluminum mill that would hire 650 or more workers to supply aluminum for automobile bodies. American Specialty Alloys announced Friday in a news release that the site is a 1,200-acre mill complex formerly operated by International Paper in Rapides Parish near Pineville. ASA ...

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(UPDATE) Aluminum maker, recruiter still at impasse on $1.2 billion project

By JACK WEATHERLY  The impasse between American Specialty Alloys and Golden Triangle economic development officials has not eased. The startup aluminum maker with offices in Columbus that says it will build a $1.2 billion mill — somewhere — is “pulling up stakes” and heading for Alexandria, La., Joe Max Higgins, executive director of Golden Triangle Development LINK, said Tuesday. That’s ...

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