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UPDATE — Ashley Furniture invests $25 million, will add 100 jobs at Ecru

By JACK WEATHERLY Ashley Furniture is expanding operations at its stationary upholstery manufacturing and regional distribution center in Ecru. The project is a $25 million corporate investment and will create 100 jobs. “Northeast Mississippi’s furniture industry is a strong economic driver throughout the region, employing thousands of Mississippians – many of whom are employed at Ashley Furniture,” Gov. Phil Bryant ...

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Nissan cites progress in getting rid of showroom freebies

Carmaker insists it U.S. layoffs over ‘for now’ By TED CARTER Major Mississippi employer Nissan Motor Co. has decided its best bet for a U.S. recovery after a pair of awful quarters is not to sell more cars but to make more money from each car sold. Forget “market share” for now, said Nissan global controller and CFO-designate Stephen Ma, ...

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Youth a plus for Nissan’s Canton plant with high-tech transformation looming

Automotive expert says plant offers much-needed flexibility By TED CARTER The relatively young age of Nissan’s 16-year-old Canton assembly plant could help insulate it from company plans to cut global manufacturing capacity by 10 percent by spring 2022. The planned capacity reductions coincide with a collapse in operating profits halfway through Nissan’s fiscal year. Some of the blame for the ...

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Trump to tariff steel and aluminum from Argentina and Brazil

President Donald Trump on Monday accused Argentina and Brazil of hurting American farmers through currency manipulation and said he’ll slap tariffs on their steel and aluminum imports to retaliate. Trump also called on America’s central bank to take action to prevent other countries from devaluing their currencies. Both South American nations were among a group of U.S. allies that Trump ...

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MORE HUGGIES — Kimberly-Clark to expand capacity at its Corinth nonwovens facility

Kimberly-Clark Corporation has approved an investment to expand capacity and bring new nonwovens capability to its Corinth, Mississippi manufacturing facility to support Kimberly-Clark’s continued personal care category growth in North America. “The Corinth team is excited about the role we will play in bringing innovations to life and supporting Kimberly-Clark’s future in the region,” said Vince Overholt, Facility Manager for ...

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Natchez plant invests $3 million, adds 20 jobs

Great River Industries is expanding its operations in Natchez. The project is a $3 million corporate investment and will create 20 jobs. “Great River Industries’ prime location along the Mississippi River in Natchez allows the company unobstructed port access so its employees can quickly ship products to market, enabling the company to remain competitive in today’s demanding economy,” Gov. Phil ...

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Scandal-hit Nissan’s profits crash amid lower global sales

Japanese automaker Nissan reported Tuesday that its July-September profit tumbled to half of what it earned the year before as sales and brand power crumbled following the arrest of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn. Yokohama-based Nissan Motor Co.’s fiscal second quarter profit totaled 59 billion yen ($541 million), down from 130 billion yen in 2018. Quarterly sales slipped nearly 7% ...

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Award-winning collaboration: ICC nationally recognized for manufacturing camp

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal For the past 11 years, Bryan Hawkins has opened the doors of his company to students and teachers so he can share his knowledge and passion for manufacturing. The effort has been highlighted by the Tek2Go Advanced Manufacturing Camps, spearheaded by Itawamba Community College, working together with the Community Development Foundation and Hawkins’ company, ...

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Corelle celebrates opening of facility in Marshall County with 450 jobs to come

MBJ staff Corelle Brands LLC celebrated on Wednesday the grand opening of the company’s manufacturing and distribution operations in Marshall County. Announced in January, the initial project is a $27.7-million corporate investment over time that is expected to create as many as 400 jobs. During the grand opening, the company also announced an expansion of its distribution operations – a ...

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Jones Lumber plans $18 million expansion in Natchez, adding 35 jobs

MBJ staff Jones Lumber Co. is expanding its Mississippi grade-lumber operations with an $18-million corporate investment in Natchez that will create 35 jobs. Jones Lumber has operations in locations throughout Mississippi, all of which produce hardwood mats. In January 2018, the company acquired the former Rives and Reynolds lumber mill in Natchez, where it will specialize in grade lumber. Jones ...

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