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SANDERSON FARMS —From family business to major corporation

  Sanderson Farms was originally incorporated as a feed and seed store in the year 1955. From that beginning, the company has grown to be a $2.5-billion corporation. It is the third largest vertically integrated poultry processing company in the United States, producing over three billion pounds of processed poultry annually. That’s a lot of chickens in anybody’s book. The ...

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New owners plan cautious change for Highland Village

As lease renewal time arrived, second-generation Highland Village retailers Ken and Tracy Szilasi weighed the tremendous potential of Ridgeland’s Renaissance at Colony Park and Madison’s thriving retail centers. The Maison Weiss owners ultimately decided their best play was to stay put and continue catering to a customer base Ken Szilasi’s grandparents Nell and Bernie Weiss began cultivating when they opened ...

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Shipbuilder lands Crowley contract for roll-on/roll-off vessels

PASCAGOULA — VT Halter Marine, Inc. has secured an approximately $350-million contract with Crowley Maritime Corporation to build two container roll-on/roll-off ships. The company says the vessels will be built at the Pascagoula facility with construction beginning the first half of 2014, and deliveries in mid- and late-2017. The Sun Herald reports the vessel design is provided by Wartsila Ship ...

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Jackson Furniture to open 2 Mississippi plants, hire 250

Jackson Furniture of Cleveland, Tenn., is expanding its manufacturing operations into Mississippi with the opening of plants in Itawamba County’s Mantachie and Union County’s Myrtle. The maker of motion and stationary furniture says it is investing $2 million and creating 250 jobs over three years at the two locations. Jackson Furniture will manufacture motion furniture under its Catnapper reclining products ...

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Court dismisses Eaton's claims involving Peters, DeLaughter

JACKSON — The Supreme Court of Mississippi, in a unanimous en banc decision, has affirmed the dismissal with prejudice of all of Eaton’s claims against the Triumph Group Inc, its subsidiary, Triumph Actuation Systems LLC and certain employees, according to Triumph. In upholding the dismissal, the Court concluded that the evidence clearly and convincingly showed that Eaton knew that its ...

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Hercules asks judge to allow EPA to address city's complaints

HATTIESBURG — Hercules Inc. and its parent company have asked a federal judge to allow the Environmental Protection Agency to address complaints raised by the city of Hattiesburg in its lawsuit that alleges improper disposal of harmful chemicals in its facility. The city sued for damages from what it has called decades of pollution from the Hercules plant site, which ...

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Atlanta fast-food supplier reviving dormant Jackson distribution center

JACKSON, Mississippi — A long vacant refrigeration and dry storage distribution center at Jackson’s Hawkins Field Industrial Park has a new owner that plans nearly $1 million in upgrades to the warehouse and the initial hiring of 30 warehouse workers and drivers. Atlanta-based Customized Distributors LLC will grow to 50 workers over the next two years as it expands its ...

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Yacht-builder cited by OSHA for safety, health violations

GULFPORT — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Trinity Yachts, LLC with four repeat, 14 serious and two other-than-serious safety and health violations. The May inspection was a result of a complaint OSHA received about the shipbuilding facility in Gulfport. Proposed penalties total $177,100. “Trinity Yachts LLC has an extensive inspection history, has had ...

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