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Former Lane Furniture plant sold for $1.45 million

United Furniture Industries has bought the 475,000-square-foot former Lane Furniture Industries in Verona for $1.45 million. Doug Hanby, United chief financial officer, said in a news release on Monday that the facility will used as a manufacturing facility for stationary furniture, and hopes to open it during the first quarter of next year. United Furniture Industries and McCormick Drive LLC had ...

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Grenada plastics company to expand, add 60 jobs

GRENADA — An Illinois company will invest $350,000 to expand its Grenada factory, adding 60 jobs. Suburban Plastics, based in Elgin, Illinois, announced last week it would expand its current factory by 25,000 square feet to increase production. Vice President Jeremy Baxter says the company has “a strong trend of continuing growth” in Grenada. The Mississippi Development Authority is loaning ...

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Bath awarded $21M contract for destroyers

BATH, Maine — Bath Iron Works has been awarded a $21 million contract to continue work on a class of U.S. Navy destroyers. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said in a statement Thursday night that it was a modification of a previously awarded contract for construction of DDG 51 destroyers. Pingree said the shipyard was already the lead designer for the ...

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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Floyd Sulser Jr. follows in his father's footsteps

Between 2008 and 2010, the United States had a loss of over 200,000 businesses and 3 million jobs. This period of the “Great Recession” was particularly challenging for those businesses in the housing sector. For those that survived, many found themselves in a better position with fewer competitors and leaner operations. I had the opportunity this week to interview Floyd ...

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GM honors BorgWarner facilities with quality award

WATER VALLEY — BorgWarner’s facilities in Water Valley; Frankfort, Illinois; and Ithaca, New York; have received 2014 Supplier Quality Excellence Awards from General Motors (GM). Presented to only 17 percent of GM’s 2,300 suppliers in the United States and Canada, the award recognizes supplier manufacturing locations for achieving consistently high levels of quality based on 13 defined performance criteria. This ...

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NG1 Technologies wins Grand Prize; receiving $200K in cash and services

OLIVE BRANCH — The Cleantech Open Southeast says regional finalist NG1 Technologies of Olive Branch has been recognized as the 2014 Cleantech Open National Accelerator Grand Prize Winner. NG1 Technologies will receive a cash and in-kind services prize worth $200,000. NG1 Technologies was recognized for its innovation and improvements to the retrofit exhaust system found on Class 8 tractor-trailers. The ...

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(UPDATE) Gov. Bryant: $1.2 billion aluminum plant is a very exciting proposition for the state of Mississippi

by Jack Weatherly Pittsburgh-based American Specialty Alloys issued a news release Monday saying that it is planning to build a $1.2 billion, aluminum mini-mill “in the Southeastern United States.” While not naming the exact location in the release, the company has applied with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for permission to prepare a site on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway at Columbus. ...

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Bioplastics company Solaplast puts plant in operation

MERIDIAN — Solaplast, a company that converts algae from commercial catfish ponds into plastics, has opened a plant in Lauderdale County. The company is a division of Algix LLC in Athens, Georgia. CEO Mike Van Drunen, who along with other company representatives hosted an open house of the facility on Friday, says the plant will produce millions of pounds of ...

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Bioplastics maker opens for business in East Mississippi

MARION, Mississippi — Bioplastics manufacturer ALGIX, LLC officially opened its doors Friday at the company’s SOLAPLAST facility here. The Lauderdale County project represents an $8.5 million corporate investment that economic development officials say will increase to $40 million and will create 100 jobs over the next three years. ALGIX’s new state-of-the-art facility features compounding equipment that converts algae into bioplastic ...

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FREE FROM APRON STRINGS — Brush with disaster leads Monroe Jackson to build a better apron

Monroe Jackson wants a business with no strings attached. The Jackson doughnut entrepreneur and survivor of a near-fatal workplace accident has added “innovator” to his life accomplishments. Next up is a marketing role for the inventor and winner of a design patent for a string-free apron he says will make working around machinery far less dangerous. It all started with ...

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