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Airbus Helicopters to make AStars in Golden Triangle

COLUMBUS —Airbus Helicopters Inc. (formerly American Eurocopter) is bringing production of AStar helicopters to Columbus. WCBI reports company officials made the announcement yesterday. “The plant here in Columbus has been in charge of Lakota. Our next step, which has been decided, is the production of the AStar — the very successful helicopter AStar — here in Columbus, Miss. We will ...

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USM names Jeffrey Wiggins to head polymers & materials school

University of Southern Mississippi Associate Professor Jeffrey Wiggins, inventor of a football helmet cushioning system, has been named the new director of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. For the past year Wiggins has served as the school’s interim director, filling a void left by longtime director Dr. Robert Lochhead, who relinquished the title to spend more time ...

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Cooper plant earns entry into MDEQ's enHance program

CLARKSDALE — Cooper Tire’s Clarksdale plant was recently accepted into the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) enHance program as a steward. The plant was accepted based on its record of landfill and energy usage reductions. Cooper’s Tupelo plant was similarly recognized in 2011. The enHance voluntary stewardship program, which stands for “envision heightened awareness nurturing conservation and environmental excellence,” ...

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Nissan sets another sales record despite winter weather

CANTON — Nissan Group saw total U.S. sales for February 2014 of 115,360 units, an increase of 15.8 percent compared to last year. Highlights of Mississippi-built products are: • Sales of the Frontier pickup rose 112 percent to 5,791 units • Altima sales totaled 30,849 units in February, an increase of 11 percent • Sales of the Xterra increased by ...

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Expeditors working out logistics to open Jackson office next month

Expeditors International of Washington Inc. is a Fortune 500 company that employs a staff of 13,000-plus and has established a network of more than 250 offices scattered across six continents. But when the Seattle, Wash.-based logistics company opens its newest office next month in Jackson, Expeditors wants to offer clients a small business-type experience, and is banking that keeping it ...

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Sales down, but net income up at Sanderson Farms

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc. has released results for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 ended Jan. 31. Net sales were $584.9 million, compared with $595.8 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, Sanderson reported net income of $28.9 million, or $1.25 per share, compared with a net loss of $6.9 million, or $0.31 per share, ...

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A GLITCH — MEMA works out bug in WEA

Last week, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) utilized the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messaging tool for the first time. The intent of the WEA service is to better communicate emergencies and give users clear information about the threats on their cell phones and smartphones. However, there was a problem due to a glitch in the federal system. The message ...

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Army awards contract modification for more Lakota helicopters

COLUMBUS — The Army has awarded $22.8-million contract modification to EADS North America for the purchase additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters produced in Mississippi, according to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Work on the new aircraft will be performed at the EADS North America facility in Columbus with an estimated March 2015 completion ...

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Self, Cal-Maine executive, dies at 84

JACKSON — Jack B. Self, a long-time executive with Cal-Maine Foods Inc., has died. He was 84. Self served as the company’s vice president of operations-production, and had been an employee of Cal-Maine Foods since 1968. Dolph Baker, chairman, president and CEO of Cal-Maine, said, “All of us at Cal-Maine Foods are deeply saddened by the death of our good ...

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Tupelo plant receives 3 Airbus planes for disassembly

TUPELO, Mississippi — Three aircraft have destined for disassembly and sale have arrived at the Universal Asset Management facility in Tupelo, according to a release from the Memphis-based firm. An Airbus A300 previously operated by Monarch Airlines, an Airbus A330 previously operated by Malaysia Airlines, and an Airbus A340 previously operated by Lufthansa will be inducted into UAM’s End-of-Life Recycling ...

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