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MMA names John McKay President and CEO

The Executive Committee of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) has announced that John H. McKay is the new President and CEO of the MMA. John will act as the interim President and CEO until October, at which time he will be confirmed as the full-time President and CEO by the MMA Board of Directors. “We are excited about John assuming ...

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Cal-Maine records net loss of $19.8 million for quarter

By Jack Weatherly Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported a net loss of $19.8 million, or 41 cents per share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 ending June 1, compared with a net income of $71.8 million, or $1.48 per share, for the year-ago period. According to Bloomberg news, the U.S. egg industry has an oversupply issue, and prices are so ...

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Cooper Tire investing $4M for renovation project

By DENNIS SEID TUPELO – Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is investing another $4 million into its plant here, according to documents field with the city’s Development Services office. The company is spending more than $4 million as part of an upgrade to its mixing plant, documents show. Cooper confirmed last month it was investing $3.4 million to build an ...

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Fields named Vice President, Manufacturing at Nissan Canton

Nissan announced a change in senior management at its Canton plant with the appointment of Erik Fields as vice president, Manufacturing. Fields has more than 20 years of automotive and engineering expertise. He has spent 12 years at Nissan Canton, serving in various roles of increasing responsibility, including manufacturing program manager, where he helped lead the launch of Nissan Altima, ...

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Organic fertilizer supplement maker to invest $8M, hiring 25

A Florida company that makes organic fertilizer supplements will open a north Mississippi factory, investing $8 million and hiring 25 people. Humic Growth Solutions says it has bought a building in Sardis and plans to begin making and distributing products there by February. The Jacksonville, Florida, company has bought a 65,000-square-foot (6,000-sq. meter) building, planning a 6,000-square-foot (550-sq. meter) addition. ...

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MMA names Williams Executive Director of the MEP

The Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) has named James Williams as Executive Director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Williams replaced Dr. John “Jay” Tice IV, who retired Jan. 31. The MMA-MEP is one of 51 centers that provides services to assist manufacturers in being globally competitive and is sponsored in Mississippi by the MMA. Williams is the former Executive Director ...

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Nufarm hires three to lead Greenville manufacturing facility operations

Nufarm has announced the appointment of Scott Pfantz to operations manager for the company’s newest manufacturing facility in Greenville. Pfantz was most recently operations manager of Nufarm’s Chicago Heights facility, which achieved an impressive seven years without a lost-time incident this year. “Scott’s deep knowledge of Nufarm and our customers, his safety-minded approach, and his skills in starting operations from ...

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Mississippi shipyard expanding for Coast Guard icebreaker

A shipbuilder is expanding on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after receiving a $746 million contract to make a heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Coast Guard. Mississippi officials say Monday that VT Halter Marine will invest $37.5 million at its Pascagoula shipyard and is expected to create 900 jobs the next five years. Mississippi Development Authority is providing a $12.5 million ...

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Germany-based Krone moving HQ to Olive Branch

By BECKY GILLETTE Krone, a family-owned company based in Spelle, Germany, that has been doing business in the United States since 1973, has made plans to move its North American division, Krone NA, from Memphis, to Olive Branch in DeSoto County. The Olive Branch location will cost $1.5 million and employ 45 people working in parts and distribution for the ...

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LT Corporation acquires assets of LP Cylinder Service, Inc.

LT Corporation of Cleveland, the parent company of Quality Steel Corporation, a manufacturer and industry leader in value-added services to its customers, announced the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of LP Cylinder Service, Inc. LP Cylinder, founded in 1984 and operating with two facilities in Shohola, PA, is recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in the propane ...

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