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Refinery explosion claims a life; investigation underway

PASCAGOULA — Authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion and fire at a southern Mississippi refinery Friday that killed one worker. An operator at the Cracking II Processing Unit died after something detonated inside a furnace and sparked a fire, Chevron Mississippi general manager Tom Kovar said. The operators were outside the furnace at the time and the fire ...

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WHAT'S NEXT? Community concerned about Viking Range layoffs

GREENWOOD — Viking Range Corp. has had another round of layoffs, including some in management, in a move that took Greenwood officials and residents by surprise. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that estimates for the latest layoffs ranged from 25 to 75. Attempts to reach representatives of The Middleby Corp., a Chicago-based company which bought Viking at the end of last ...

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Big grant — big goal: Funding looks to bring back manufacturing jobs

The state is looking to recoup manufacturing jobs, and got good news lately with the announcement of the landing of a nearly $2 million federal grant. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the grant to Mississippi State University and partners to fund projects to accelerate job creation and encourage reshoring of advanced manufacturing jobs that have moved overseas. MSU’s $1,931,935 ...

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IKE TROTTER — Weighing in on reverse mortgages

More and more we see on TV or read in the paper about reverse mortgages and the opportunities available for homeowners to “unlock” the equity in their home. I thought it might be helpful to discuss this unique type of home equity loan and the resulting implications they offer to homeowners, particularly those who are retired and elderly. Created in ...

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AIMING HIGH — TALON shooting for very top of tactical firearms market

TALON Ordnance CEO Clay Baldwin can relish the stillness and quiet of his office at Ridgeland’s Highland Colony Business Park, but he knows that all changes soon after New Years. If the logistics he and his partners have mapped out come off as planned, shipments of dozens of parts for TALON Ordnance’s state-of-the-art tactical rifle will arrive at a rapid-fire ...

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Port asks county to borrow for wood pellet facility

PASCAGOULA — The Port of Pascagoula is asking Jackson County to borrow up to $24 million for wood pellet exporting facility. The Port of Pascagoula is preparing a Bayou Casotte berth for a specialized wood pellet exporting facility. The export facility will have silos, an unloading facility for trucks and rail cars and a conveyor delivery system to the wharf. ...

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Chromcraft Revington sells to Colorado company

SENATOBIA — Sport-Haley Holdings has completed its $3.45 million purchase of furniture maker Chromcraft Revington. The company, which is based in West Lafayette, Ind., has a factory in Senatobia. Apparel maker Sport-Haley of Denver paid $2.7 million, and has promised to pay another $750,000 when Chromcraft’s plant in Delphi, Ind., is sold or mortgaged, or 180 days after the merger ...

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County waiting to hear from Elevance on liquid loading dock

NATCHEZ — An engineer working for Adams County says officials there are awaiting a few key details from Elevance Renewable Sciences before the county moves forward with construction of a liquid loading dock for the Elevance project at the Natchez-Adams County Port. The county committed to building the liquid loading dock as part of an overall economic recruitment agreement to ...

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Toyota Boshoku expanding, adding nearly 200 workers

MANTACHIE — Automotive supplier Toyota Boshoku is adding 180 jobs at its manufacturing plant in northeast Mississippi. The company said today that it’s investing $21 million at the plant it opened in 2011 in Mantachie, where it makes seat components and door panels for the Toyota Corolla. The parts go to a Toyota Motor Corp. plant that makes the Corolla ...

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VT Halter already has takers for new floating dock

PASCAGOULA — VT Halter Marine Inc. says it’s already got customers for its newest floating dry dock. The dock is part of an overall expansion plan at the south yard in Pascagoula. The south yard is same location where VT Halter Marine is adding a repair facility for semi-submersible drilling rigs and Panamax-size ships. Bill Skinner, VT Halter Marine CEO, ...

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