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Mississippi aerospace firm shares in $25.5 billion contract

A Mississippi aerospace company will share a contract worth up to $25.5 billion to provide parts for military vehicles over the next 10 years. The U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, announced the contract with Vertex Aerospace and six other companies on Thursday. Vertex, based in Madison, overhauls and distributes parts for military aircraft and ground ...

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Community college wins $1.1M manufacturing training grant

A Mississippi community college has received a $1.1 million grant to start an advanced manufacturing technology program. The Mississippi Community College Board awarded the grant to Meridian Community College, in an effort to develop industry-specific programs that have not qualified for traditional worker training money. The program will offer a certificate including classes in machining, mechatronics, robotics material handling and ...

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Jay Moon receives leadership award

Jay C. Moon, CEcD, FM, HLM, President and CEO, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence In Economic Development In Honor of Edward deLuca from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Monday, October 1, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held September 29 – October 3, in ...

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Nissan says it spent $170M to retool for new sedan model

Nissan Motor Co. says it invested $170 million at plants in Mississippi and Tennessee as it retooled to make a new Altima sedan model. The company officially marked the start of production in Canton Thursday with a ceremony including Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. The company also makes the cars at its Smyrna, Tennessee, plant, where production of the sixth-generation Altima ...

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Navy awards $3.9 billion contract to Bath Iron Works

The U.S. Navy says it’s awarded a ship’s $3.9 billion contract to Bath Iron Works to build four new destroyers. The Navy announced Friday that it awarded the contract to the Bath shipyard as part of a plan to build 10 new Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. Competitor Huntington Ingalls of Mississippi will build six destroyers. The contracts contain options for additional ...

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Piping company opens $3.8M Mississippi warehouse, hiring 60

Mueller Industries is opening a new warehouse in northeast Mississippi, investing $3.8 million and hiring 60 workers. The Memphis, Tennessee-based company makes pipes, valves and fittings. It built the warehouse next to its factory in Fulton, cutting the ribbon Thursday with Gov. Phil Bryant. Mueller says the 74,000-square-foot (6,900-sq. meter) warehouse is needed to meet increased customer demand. Mississippi Development ...

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Sub-dome maker celebrates $4.6M expansion, creation of 46 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Seemann Composites celebrated on Wednesday the company’s new submarine bow dome production facility in Gulfport. The project, a $4.6 million corporate investment, accommodates a contract with General Dynamics Electric Boat for the U.S. Navy and creates 46 jobs. “Thousands of workers on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are engaged in the production of some of the most sophisticated, ...

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Continental selects Mississippi native for Global Program

Marnise Webb Continental, the leading technology company and premier tire manufacturer, is proud to welcome Mississippi native Marnise Webb to its global Human Relations (HR) Graduate Program. With this opportunity, Webb will gain HR experience locally and abroad over the next two years. “Marnise will train within Continental all over the world. Her final job placement will be in Clinton ...

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Oxford manufacturer to expand, create 25 additional jobs

MBJ staff SMW Manufacturing announced Monday that it will expand its operations in Oxford by investing $4 million and creating 25 jobs over the next four years to bring the work force to 75. SMW makes components for the heavy truck, automotive, mining, construction and industrial markets. In 2017, the company announced it would take over operations in the former ...

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Mississippi military shipbuilding firm to hire hundreds

A shipbuilding firm in Mississippi is hiring hundreds of skilled workers after it was awarded several contracts for the U.S. military. The Sun Herald of Biloxi reported Thursday that Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula is searching for test engineers, first class welders, pipefitters, pipe welders and shipfitters. Company spokesman Bill Glenn says Ingalls is planning to hire 500 people by the end of ...

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