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Texas company sites warehouse/plant in Southeast Mississippi

SUMMIT — A Houston oil-field services company is locating a new facility in Summit that will warehouse and eventually manufacture drilling fluids for oil drillers in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation. Newpark Drilling Fluids officials say the project will create 40 new jobs. Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation is located in southwest Mississippi and central Louisiana. The announcement was made yesterday ...

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Ice Industries expanding Grenada plant, adding 50 jobs

GRENADA — Ice Industries Grenada says it is adding 50 jobs and investing $1.8 million in an expansion. The announcement was made yesterday in Grenada by Gov. Phil Bryant and company officials. The unit of privately-held ICE Industries of Sylvania, Ohio, says it’s making infrastructure upgrades, overhead crane improvements, and shipping and safety enhancements. New metal stamping and assembly equipment ...

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Grenada's Ice Industries expanding yet again, bring workforce closed to 300

GRENADA – Metal stamping and machining company Ice Industries is set to make its fifth expansion here since 2010, investing $1.8 and adding 50 jobs that will bring the workforce to about 290 people.Ice Industries Grenada, formerly known as Grenada Stamping and Assembly, supplies parts to the appliance, automotive, heavy truck, and alternative energy markets. Improvements will include infrastructure upgrades, ...

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Lumber company draws citation from OSHA after worker's death

FULTON — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Graham Lumber Co. in Fulton for two safety violations following the April death of a worker who got entangled in a conveyor belt. OSHA says in a news release the worker, employed at the company for less than two weeks, was cleaning up sawdust and bark around an unguarded conveyor ...

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Ergon expanding Vicksburg refinery, spending $150M

VICKSBURG — Ergon Inc. says it will spend $150 million to expand its Vicksburg refinery. The Flowood-based private company said yesterday that it would enhance parts of the refinery and expand its tank farm. It said the changes, in addition to allowing it to make more products, would allow Ergon to feed the refinery with more kinds of crude oil. ...

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KiOR denies ex-director's claims of problems with company's technology

COLUMBUS — A former director of biofuel maker KiOR says he tried to warn other board members about problems with KiOR’s technology to turn wood chips into an oil substitute, claims that could damage the company’s defense in shareholder lawsuits and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation. KiOR denies Paul O’Connor’s claims, saying he was asked to leave the board ...

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Former BMW warehouse gets new tenant in Calbee

SENATOBIA — Snack food manufacturer Calbee North America will set up a factory in a former BMW warehouse in Senatobia. Officials say the company will invest $51.1 million and will create 254 jobs over the next five years, with 67 to be hired in the first year. Workers will make more than $40,000 a year, on average. Calbee North America ...

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Co-Lin gets $2M-plus to support oil industry at port

WESSON — Copiah-Lincoln Community College will use $2 million over the next three years to help train diesel mechanics to support southwest Mississippi’s growing oil industry and operations at the port of Natchez. The U.S. Labor Department is giving $10 million total to four community colleges to improve training of automotive technicians. Other colleges getting the money include Lawson State ...

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Canadian company purchasing Southern Lumber for nearly $50M

HERMANVILLE — A Canadian company is buying a sawmill in southwest Mississippi for $48.7 million. Canfor Corp. of Vancouver, British Columbia, said yesterday that it would buy Southern Lumber Co. of Hermanville from the Dearman and Sulser families. Southern Lumber makes pine boards, specializing in wide and long lumber, with a yearly capacity of 90 million board feet. Canfor said ...

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