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Industrial Timber expanding plants in two cities

SHANNON and RIPLEY — Industrial Timber, a manufacturer of wood furniture frames, is expanding operations at its facilities in Shannon and Ripley. The company announced that the expansions represent a $1.5-million corporate investment and will create 80 new jobs. Industrial Timber says it is adding a new manufacturing line at both facilities to meet the needs of Jackson Furniture, a ...

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Blue Origin successfully tests BE-3 rocket engine

HANCOCK COUNTY — NASA commercial crew partner Blue Origin of Kent, Wash., has tested a new, hydrogen- and oxygen-fueled engine designed to lift the company’s crewed Space Vehicle on future missions out of Earth’s atmosphere. Blue Origin is one of the American companies developing next generation rockets and spacecraft capable of carrying humans to low-Earth orbit. The engine firing comes ...

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Northrop Grumman begins production of five NATO drones

MOSS POINT — Northrop Grumman Corp. has started work on five drones to be delivered to NATO. Jim Edge, with NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency, and other leaders were on hand yesterday at Northrop’s Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point for the start of production on the first drone. The Mississippi Press reports that Edge told the gathering that ...

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Bid let for Signet Maritime containment slab

PASCAGOULA — The Jackson County Board of Supervisors and the Port of Pascagoula approved using federal Katrina money to build a containment slab at a shipyard in Pascagoula. The project, called an environmental slab, will be a concrete slab about 55,000 square feet, according to port officials, and will cover and contain contamination at Signet Maritime Inc., a shipyard on ...

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Former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain dies at 85

JACKSON, Mississippi — Former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain, a Democrat who appointed significant numbers of women and minorities to government jobs and strengthened the executive branch by removing legislators from state boards, died Monday at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Tom Allain, a nephew, says the former governor was 85. A law associate, Louis Clifford, says Allain had been hospitalized ...

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Polymer Institute assists local manufacturers

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Polymer Institute provided technical assistance to four Mississippi-based manufacturing companies yielding $3.6M in direct financial impact and resulting in the creation of 22 new jobs in Mississippi, according to data compiled by InnovateMEP Mississippi during survey period Quarter 3 2012 – Quarter 2 2013. Dr. Jay Tice, director of InnovateMEP Mississippi, said, “MPI, in conjunction with ...

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Supervisors to talk property taxes with Nissan

CANTON — The president of the Madison County Board of Supervisors said officials will negotiate with Nissan over property taxes in early 2014. An initial 10-year tax exemption expires at the end of the year. Board of Supervisors President Gerald Steen said Nissan’s taxation is very complex and not a simple “this or that.” “At this point I would like ...

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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS MOVING — Mississippi company has the task of moving the football team

Before the New Orleans Saints take the field, John Fayard Moving and Warehousing crews have to deliver the footballs, uniforms, video equipment and tons of other black and gold equipment from the team training facility to the Mercedes Benz Superdome. For out-of-town games, Fayard hauls equipment to the New Orleans airport and a second crew drives to the hosting stadium. ...

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Municipal recycling makes sense for the economy and the environment

Some cities say recycling is just too expensive and difficult, particularly to get a large enough percentage of households to participate to make the program cost effective. The City of Ridgeland, which for the second time in three years has been given the Local Government Recycler of the Year Award by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), has proven ...

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