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Hundreds attend job fair held by Mississippi shipbuilder

A job fair at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Mississippi drew hundreds of people interested in the work. Ingalls Vice President of Operations George Jones called Saturday’s turnout tremendous. WLOX-TV reports that Jones says the Pascagoula shipyard is hiring mainly in pipe welding and pipe fitting positions at the moment. Ingalls is looking to fill 500 jobs by the end of the ...

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Kevin Charles expansion moving ahead in New Albany

By JOSH MITCHELL / Daily Journal The steel frame of the Kevin Charles Fine Upholstery expansion is taking shape on Sam T. Barkley Drive in New Albany. Rusty Berryhill, president of Kevin Charles, said Wednesday that the $2.5 million expansion project should be completed by mid-November. It is a major expansion for the New Albany furniture manufacturer and will double ...

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Shell building may bring more jobs to Union County

By JOSH MITCHELL / Daily Journal Changes are coming to the Martintown SOUTH Industrial Park in Union County. A new 100,000 square foot shell building will be built directly south of Diversity Vuteq. The building should be completed by early 2020. The goal is for an industry to move into the building and provide jobs for the community. The shell ...

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Breazeale earns accreditation in public relations

Jessica Breazeale of Wesson, Public Affairs Manager with Georgia-Pacific Monticello completed the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations, entitling her to use the APR professional designation. The announcement was made by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), a consortium of nine professional communication organizations that directs this competency certification program. Breazeale holds a master of science and bachelor of arts in ...

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United Furniture looking to add 275 workers to Mississippi plants

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal One of the largest furniture manufacturers in the country is looking to add 500 employees, with most of them in Mississippi. United Furniture Industries, the Tupelo-based upholstery and case goods furniture company, said it is hiring 500 people at its plants in California, North Carolina and Mississippi to help meet the growing demand for ...

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DENNIS SEID: Despite shrinking size, Tupelo Furniture Market remains important

On Thursday, Behold Washington Furniture cut the ribbon on its new space at the Tupelo Furniture Market, a 19,000-square-foot showroom that more than tripled the size of Behold’s former showroom. The upholstered furniture company has been growing nicely the past few years, having acquired Washington Furniture last year. And despite a fire that destroyed Washington’s plant in Pontotoc, a 400,000-square-foot ...

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ICE raids raise question: What about the employers?

The images of children crying after their parents were arrested in a massive immigration raid in Mississippi revived a longstanding complaint: Unauthorized workers are jailed or deported, while the managers and business owners who profit from their labor often go unprosecuted. Under President Donald Trump, the number of business owners and managers who face criminal charges for employing unauthorized workers ...

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OSHA cites Mississippi poultry processor after employees hospitalized for ammonia exposure

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Wayne Farms LLC for exposing employees to hazardous chemicals. The poultry processing company in Laurel, Mississippi, faces $119,341 in penalties. On January 27, 2019, 12 employees needed transport to nearby hospitals after a leak caused the release of 2,100 pounds of anhydrous ammonia. OSHA cited the company ...

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UPDATE — Mississippi gets high grade on manufacturing strength but seen weak on advanced industries

Findings detailed in Ball State manufacturing scorecard By TED CARTER Mississippi has joined a short list of states that Ball State University’s Manufacturing Annual Scorecard rated as tops nationally for the health of their manufacturing sectors. But the leading academic author of the Scorecard said Mississippi must improve the quality of its healthcare and schools to grab a larger share ...

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After Mississippi ICE raids, job fair draws hopeful workers

FOREST — Days after immigration agents arrested 680 Latino workers in a massive workplace sting at seven Mississippi chicken processing plants, job seekers flocked to an employment fair Monday in hopes of filling some of those now-empty positions. Koch Foods, based near Chicago, held the job fair to recruit new workers at one of its Morton plants, after Immigration and ...

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