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German automotive component-maker breaks ground in Delta

A German automotive components company has broken ground in the Delta for a new plant. Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Feuer Powertrain GmbH held an announcement and groundbreaking ceremony today in Tunica at the future site of the company’s first U.S. manufacturing operations. The project represents a $140-million corporate investment and will create 300 new jobs, according to the Mississippi ...

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Yokohama Tire breaks ground for new East Miss. plant

WEST POINT — Yokohama Tire Corporation has broken ground for a manufacturing facility in Mississippi. Gov. Phil Bryant, company executives and others gathered for the ground breaking ceremony today in West Point, where the company will manufacture commercial truck tires. A news release from the governor’s office says the first phase of the project represents a $300 million investment by ...

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Fire forces Alabama company to relocate plant to state

PLANTERSVILLE — A mattress maker will relocate its operations to a vacant facility near Tupelo after lightning sparked a fire that destroyed its Double Springs, Ala., factory. Posturecraft Mattress Co. will open a plant in the former location of National Mattress Co. in Plantersville, with plans to hire 125 to 150 people, state Rep. Steve Holland says. The company will ...

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CalStar renovation project bids come in over estimates

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County will rebid a contract for renovation of a building to house a Wisconsin-based masonry firm. Officials tell WCBI-TV in Columbus that bids on the renovation and expansion of the 100-000-square-foot spec industrial building came in between $300,000 and $700,000 over estimates. The low bid was $4 million and the estimates for the expansion, renovation and parking ...

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Discovery of asbestos shuts down plant demolition

WEST POINT — Demolition work at the old Sara Lee plant in West Point has stopped after crews discovered asbestos. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is going to take a look at the plant and run a series of tests before work can resume on removing the old buildings. The city of West Point ...

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Toyota gives area schools $1M education grant

PONTOTOC — Officials of automaker Toyota handed over a $1 million education grant in ceremonies yesterday at Pontotoc Junior High School. WTVA reported the donation is part of Toyota’s commitment of $50 million over a 10-year period to schools in counties represented by the PUL Alliance — Pontotoc, Union and Lee. The PUL Alliance was instrumental in convincing Toyota to ...

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C Spire lands InformationWeek ranking through innovative customer rewards program

RIDGELAND, Mississippi – C Spire has returned for a second consecutive year on InformationWeek 500’s list of the nation’s top technology innovators. InformationWeek lauded C Spire’s Information Technology for its work on PERCS, a consumer engagement-based rewards and loyalty program. In last year’s listing, InformationWeek recognized the Ridgeland-based wireless provider for development of a web-based customer relationship management system and ...

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Shipbuilder reaches $180M settlement with insurer for Katrina losses

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Industries and its insurer have reached cash settlement for $180 million for the shipbuilder’s losses from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 at facilities in Pascagoula and Avondale, La. The Mississippi Press reports that the information was contained in a filing this week with the Securities and Exchange Commission. On Sept. 6, the company reached a settlement with ...

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Kitchens Brothers selling shuttered sawmills

UTICA — Equity Partners CRB and Heritage Global Partners have been retained to sell three hardwood sawmills on behalf of Kitchens Brothers Manufacturing Company. Equity Partners is seeking bids for each mill in its entirety through late October, with any remaining assets to be offered at auction in November by Heritage. Family owned and operated since its founding in 1945, ...

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Furnituremaker files for bankruptcy, to lay off nearly 1,500 workers

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — A financially troubled St. Louis, Mo., furniture company that operates several facilities in Mississippi is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is set to lay off its 1,451-person workforce in the state. Furniture Brands International designs, manufactures and markets furniture under a variety of notable brand names, including Broyhill and Thomasville. Its Lane Furniture division operates manufacturing ...

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