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Not feeling hammered — Contractors report growing optimism

There are finally some hard signs that the nonresidential construction industry is coming out of the largest decline in decades, though the impact of the recent federal shutdown and a dwindling pool of available construction workers could curb some of that optimism. The latest Associated Builders and Contractors’ Construction Confidence Index (CCI) finds optimism was up among contractors nationwide during ...

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Balch & Bingham beefs up to add new law practice areas

Birmingham-based law firm Balch & Bingham has added 13 associates to its roster of more than 250 attorneys and lobbyists in the Southeast and Washington, D.C., including additional attorneys in the Jackson and Gulfport offices. Alan Rogers, managing partner of the 91-year-old firm, said the staffing increase is part of a move to establish several new practice areas. “Most recently, ...

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Pipe fittings manufacturer finds site for plant

ACKERMAN — Mississippi Forge, a manufacturer of pipe fittings, will locate a plant in Ackerman in North Mississippi. The company announced yesterday that the $9-million corporate investment will create 60 new jobs over three years. Mississippi Forge is locating in the facility formerly occupied by Ackerman Forge. The same facility once housed Taylor Forge, which operated in 1960’s before becoming ...

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Barbour participates in dedication of training center

PASCAGOULA — Former Gov. Haley Barbour was on hand Tuesday for the formal dedication of an $18.9-million workforce development building that will house training programs for hundreds of workers. The Sun Herald reports the Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Facility will be used by the Ingalls shipyard for its apprentice program. Barbour said the facility also is a key to ...

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Mississippi Forge (PVF) locating operations in Ackerman

Mississippi Forge (PVF), Inc. has announced it is making a $9 million corporate investment and creating 60 new jobs over three years by locating manufacturing operations in Ackerman, Miss. Mississippi Forge, manufacturer of steel forged flanges and fittings for use in piping systems, is locating in the facility formerly occupied by Ackerman Forge. The same facility once housed Taylor Forge, ...

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Report offers good news on manufacturing activity

A survey of manufacturers across the Southeast is offering some good news. Manufacturing activity in the Southeast climbed in October, pushing the monthly index to 50.4 and narrowing the gap with the National PMI, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business. According to ...

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DESIGNING WINNERS — American Institute of Architects-Mississippi celebrates excellence

On Oct. 17, the American Institute of Architects-Mississippi held its Mississippi Celebrates Architecture, which included this year’s Design Excellence Awards presentation. Perhaps the event itself was as important as the winners. For the first time in recent memory, the program, which was held in Jackson, included the presentation of the Design Excellence Awards and Community and Membership Awards as well ...

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Laurel Machine & Foundry grows by diversifying

Laurel Machine & Foundry Co. began operation in 1904 as a metal parts manufacturer and supplier for the Lindsey eight-wheel wagon factory. Today its biggest customer in Mississippi is the maker of enormous fork trucks. LMF, which will observe its 110th anniversary next year, has grown and prospered through the leadership of four generations of the Mulloy family. In 1911, ...

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Gov. Phil Bryant proclaims November as Innovation Month

JACKSON, Mississippi — While speaking today to nearly 2,000 business leaders from around the state at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual Hobnob event, Gov. Phil Bryant proclaimed November as Innovation Month in Mississippi. “Mississippi’s economy grew by 2.4 percent in 2012, marking the first time the state’s economy surpassed $100 billion,” Bryant said. “This growth would not be possible without ...

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USM's Polymer Institute signs MOU with WIINTECH

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Polymer Institute has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the WIINTECH group, which signifies the first official step in moving local Mississippi businesses toward international collaboration with the companies that are a part of that network. In the spring of 2012, Mississippi Polymer Institute, along with the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at ...

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