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DoD awards $14M contract to Aurora Flight Sciences

COLUMBUS  — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran says the Department of Defense has awarded a $14-million competitive contract to Aurora Flight Sciences in Columbus to assist in the development of a new aircraft for the Department of Defense. In a news release, Cochran’s office said Saturday that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded the contract under its X-Plane program to ...

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Organizers gearing up for first-ever furniture show

TUNICA — The inaugural Tunica Furniture Market in January will be held in January and its organizer says about 40 companies are expected to participate. “Despite a lot of doubts and people calling me crazy, the Tunica Furniture Market is happening,” organizer Scott Morton told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Morton proposed earlier this year the hosting of a furniture ...

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MDOT's Hall no longer solo in bid for road, bridge fix-up money

Slightly less than two years ago former legislator and current Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall could not cite a single business leader or industry group outside of the Mississippi Road Builders Association that backed his campaign for better road and bridge upkeep. Hall still hasn’t got a truckload of endorsements, but he has brought transportation infrastructure and the need ...

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Study panel in final preparations for state road maintenance proposals

The Mississippi Senate Highway Study Committee’s search for answers to funding upkeep of roads and bridges may well end in Arkansas, where voters last year approved a half-penny, 10-year sales tax projected to raise $1.8 billion for highway projects. Committee Chair Willie Simmons, a Cleveland Democrat, has not declared a front runner in the recommendations the study panel will make ...

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Tennessee-based manufacturer sites plant in industrial park

WALNUT — Officials say ALUMA-FORM has broken ground on the company’s new manufacturing facility in Walnut in Tippah County. Gov. Phil Bryant says in a news release that the project represents a company investment of $6.7 million and will create 125 new jobs. The Memphis, Tenn.-based company is building its facility in the Walnut Industrial Park, where it will manufacture ...

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Mars Food to celebrate 35 years in Port City

GREENVILLE — Mars Food North America, maker of Uncle Ben’s and Seeds of Change products, will mark 35 years in Greenville with an event Friday that will be attended by Mississippi Development Authority executive director Brent Christiansen, Greenville Mayor John Cox and other elected officials. To commemorate the 35th anniversary, dignitaries will make special presentations, including a key to the ...

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Omega Protein shifting vessels to Mississippi

MOSS POINT — Omega Protein Corporation, a nutritional product company and an integrated producer of omega-3 fish oil and specialty protein products, has unveiled a plan to streamline its Gulf of Mexico operations and increase efficiencies through the permanent closure of the company’s menhaden fish processing plant located in Cameron, La., and the redeployment of certain vessels from that plant. ...

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Supervisors hire team for addition to Ingalls' training complex

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors have hired an engineer, an architect and a grant administrator to design and handle a $1.3-million addition to the new Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training facility at Ingalls shipyard. The Sun Herald reports the addition has been ordered before the Barbour building was put into use. It is called the Basic Skill Training Annex and ...

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Industrial Timber expansion will add 80 jobs in Shannon, Ripley

JACKSON, Mississippi — Industrial Timber, manufacturer of wood furniture frames, expects to add 80 jobs with expansions in Mississippi operations at plants in Lee County’s Shannon and Tippah County’s Ripley. The expansions represent a $1.5 million corporate investment, the company says. The 14-year-old Industrial Timber is adding a new manufacturing line at both facilities to meet the needs of Jackson ...

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