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Ajinomoto Foods to expand in Oakland, Mississippi

A frozen food manufacturer is expanding its operations in Mississippi, investing $22 million and creating 76 jobs over four years. Ajinomoto Foods North America, formerly known as Ajinomoto Windsor, makes and markets specialty frozen foods for consumers, commercial restaurants and foodservice operations from nine plants in six states. The company opened in Mississippi’s Yalobusha County in 2007 and added jobs ...

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MMA names Andrew Mallinson, Chairman of the Board and Pat Thomasson, Secretary-Treasurer

Andrew Mallinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Multicraft International in Pelahatchie has been named the 2018-2019 Chairman of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) Board of Directors. Mallinson has more than 25 years of Multicraft leadership experience and in an ownership position since 1991. Prior to joining Multicraft in 1987, Mallinson was a management consultant at Ernst & Young in ...

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Officials: Arson caused Mississippi furniture factory fire

Officials say they believe a fire at a northeast Mississippi furniture factory was arson. Three buildings at American Furniture Co. in Ecru were destroyed in an Oct. 12 fire. Chief Deputy state Fire Marshal Ricky Davis says investigators found a broken door, plus video of someone entering the building. Investigators conclude someone intentionally set the fire inside the building and ...

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Mississippi aerospace firm shares in $25.5 billion contract

A Mississippi aerospace company will share a contract worth up to $25.5 billion to provide parts for military vehicles over the next 10 years. The U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, announced the contract with Vertex Aerospace and six other companies on Thursday. Vertex, based in Madison, overhauls and distributes parts for military aircraft and ground ...

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Community college wins $1.1M manufacturing training grant

A Mississippi community college has received a $1.1 million grant to start an advanced manufacturing technology program. The Mississippi Community College Board awarded the grant to Meridian Community College, in an effort to develop industry-specific programs that have not qualified for traditional worker training money. The program will offer a certificate including classes in machining, mechatronics, robotics material handling and ...

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Jay Moon receives leadership award

Jay C. Moon, CEcD, FM, HLM, President and CEO, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence In Economic Development In Honor of Edward deLuca from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Monday, October 1, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held September 29 – October 3, in ...

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Nissan says it spent $170M to retool for new sedan model

Nissan Motor Co. says it invested $170 million at plants in Mississippi and Tennessee as it retooled to make a new Altima sedan model. The company officially marked the start of production in Canton Thursday with a ceremony including Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. The company also makes the cars at its Smyrna, Tennessee, plant, where production of the sixth-generation Altima ...

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Navy awards $3.9 billion contract to Bath Iron Works

The U.S. Navy says it’s awarded a ship’s $3.9 billion contract to Bath Iron Works to build four new destroyers. The Navy announced Friday that it awarded the contract to the Bath shipyard as part of a plan to build 10 new Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. Competitor Huntington Ingalls of Mississippi will build six destroyers. The contracts contain options for additional ...

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Piping company opens $3.8M Mississippi warehouse, hiring 60

Mueller Industries is opening a new warehouse in northeast Mississippi, investing $3.8 million and hiring 60 workers. The Memphis, Tennessee-based company makes pipes, valves and fittings. It built the warehouse next to its factory in Fulton, cutting the ribbon Thursday with Gov. Phil Bryant. Mueller says the 74,000-square-foot (6,900-sq. meter) warehouse is needed to meet increased customer demand. Mississippi Development ...

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Sub-dome maker celebrates $4.6M expansion, creation of 46 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Seemann Composites celebrated on Wednesday the company’s new submarine bow dome production facility in Gulfport. The project, a $4.6 million corporate investment, accommodates a contract with General Dynamics Electric Boat for the U.S. Navy and creates 46 jobs. “Thousands of workers on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are engaged in the production of some of the most sophisticated, ...

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