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SPECIAL REPORT: Land may hold key to Jackson airport’s success

Developing and attracting businesses to several hundred acres on Jackson Municipal Airport Authority land east of Medgar Wiley Evers International may be the Authority’s best hope for offsetting the $800,000 lost annually to the departure of Southwest Airlines. The revenue loss has already cost the Airport Authority a Fitch Ratings Service downgrade of a $39.4 million bond issue, forcing a ...

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Severstal-Columbus fined for faulty pollution-control system

COLUMBUS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has fined Columbus steel mill Severstal $135,000 because the company’s pollution-control monitors didn’t function properly after the plant expanded in June 2011. The company agreed to pay the fine May 12. It’s the largest environmental fine assessed by Mississippi since it fined Denbury Resources $662,500 last year over a 2011 oil well ...

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Great River Industries moving headquarters to Natchez

NATCHEZ — Great River Industries, formerly known as Enersteel, is expanding its operations in Natchez by locating its corporate headquarters there and adding 12,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The project represents a corporate investment of $4 million and will create 25 new jobs. Additionally, the company will retain the facility’s existing 150 employees. Great River Industries specializes in fabricated ...

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MMA to hold reception for furniture industry manufacturers

TUPELO, Mississippi — The Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) recently confirmed that it will hold a reception for furniture manufacturers and suppliers on Wednesday, August 13, just prior to opening day of the fall iteration of the Tupelo Furniture Market. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. and will be located in Building VI at the Tupelo Furniture Market. According to ...

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Dirk Vanderleest ready to deplane after quarter century at the control

Dirk Vanderleest and Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport have shared nearly half their lifetimes together. The airport situated in Rankin County had just turned 25 when Vanderleest arrived from Huntsville, Ala., where he managed that city’s airport under an executive director. Vanderleest’s arrival in Jackson at 29 gave him the distinction of being one of the youngest directors of ...

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Polyvulc retains firm to sell facilities in Mississippi, Louisiana

VICKSBURG — Polyvulc USA Inc., an injection-molding company that recycles plastics into pier pads and FHA-approved perimeter foundation wall systems for manufactured homes, and two tire recycling businesses, has retained Heritage Equity Partners (HEP) to seek an immediate sale of the Vicksburg-based company, as well as its subsidiaries, Polyvulc Tire Recycling, LLC, a tire shredding facility in Jackson, and Winnsboro Rubber Recycling, LLC, a crumb ...

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Weyerhaeuser investing $57M to modernize lumber mill

PHILADELPHIA — Weyerhaeuser Co. is investing $57 million to modernize over the next three years at its softwood lumber mill in Philadelphia. Weyerhaeuser said the work will be done in phases. Plans are to install two continuous direct-fired kilns and a new planer mill. In the last year we’ve seen somewhat of an uptick in the housing market and with ...

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Cochran has doubts about effectiveness of antidumping efforts

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is questioning the effectiveness of antidumping levies as evidence mounts that some nations are finding ways to evade punishment while still flooding U.S. markets with imported shrimp, crawfish, furniture and other products. Cochran raised the issue at a Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the enforcement of trade duties imposed on countries ...

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Chevron U.S.A.'s base oil facility begins production

PASCAGOULA — Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) subsidiary Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has begun commercial production of premium base oils from a newly constructed manufacturing facility at the company’s Pascagoula refinery. Base oils produced at Pascagoula will add to capacity from the company’s refinery in Richmond, California, and a joint venture facility in Yeosu, Korea, approximately doubling Chevron’s production capacity and positioning it ...

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