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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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Community college getting federal funds to help county recover from tornado

DECATUR — The U.S. Labor Department is giving Mississippi’s East Central Community College $2.5 million to help Winston County recover from the April 28 tornado. The money will go to help improve worker training and support businesses in the area’s manufacturing sector. Several factories were damaged or destroyed by the storm. East Central, based in Decatur, will create the Winston ...

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Columbia Parachute expanding, relocating to BusinessPlex

COLUMBIA — Columbia Parachute Company is expanding and creating new jobs at its Columbia plant. The announcement came yesterday by Gov. Phil Bryant and company officials. Officials say the project represents a $300,000 corporate investment and will create 26 new jobs, bringing the total number employed by the company to 50. Columbia Parachute Company currently leases space in the Pioneer ...

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Winchester lands $50M ammunition contract from Homeland Security

OXFORD — Winchester Ammunition, which has manufacturing facilities in Oxford, has won a five-year contract to produce ammunition for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Olin Corp. and its Winchester division have been awarded a contract worth up to $50 million to produce ammunition at its Winchester Centerfire Operations in Oxford for two DHS agencies. “The Department of Homeland ...

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Peavey Electronics reorganizing under new globalization plan

MERIDIAN — Peavey Electronics Corporation is reorganizing its worldwide manufacturing assets as part of a new globalization plan to ensure continued growth worldwide. The reorganization includes focusing U.S.-based manufacturing on Peavey’s premium products, and moving other manufacturing assets closer to its critical and emerging markets. The effort also involves modernization of production methods and a renewed focus on engineering, sales ...

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