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Chinese drywall-maker appeals; questions courts' jurisdiction

NEW ORLEANS — A Chinese drywall manufacturer asked a federal appeals court yesterday to overturn a judge’s ruling that U.S. courts have jurisdiction over claims that its defective product wrecked thousands of homes. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans didn’t indicate how soon it would rule. It heard arguments yesterday from lawyers ...

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Mississippi beats all neighbors except Tennessee on Business Climate Index

Mississippi ranks 17th in the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index ahead of all other Southeastern states other than Florida (5) and Tennessee (15). Mississippi carried the same ranking last year and had an 18th ranking in 2011. The Index compares the states in five areas of taxation that affect business: corporate taxes, individual income taxes, sales taxes, unemployment ...

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Steel-maker gets check for $2.5M for energy efficiencies

COLUMBUS — The Tennessee Valley Authority, along with Gov. Phil Bryant, presented a check yesterday for more than $2.5 million to Severstal North America for achieving energy efficiencies at its Columbus plant through TVA’s Major Industrial Program. The TVA program encourages reductions in electric energy intensity in large industrial facilities having greater than 5 megawatts of contract demand. The greatest efficiency opportunity ...

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Lumber company expanding, adding new workers

BALDWYN — Maple Land and Timber has announced the company is expanding its operation located near Baldwyn. The plant, which operates as American Land and Timber, will produce lumber for export to overseas markets. The expansion includes the addition of a new sawmill and the construction of a 20,000-square-foot facility. The project represents a $1.95 million corporate investment and is ...

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Mississippi Phosphates back in the news — this time it's merely taxes

Pascagoula-based Mississippi Phosphates Corp. is back in the headlines again, this time over nonpayment of taxes totaling more than $666,000. However, that’s pretty tame compared to the challenges and issues the plant has faced over the past decade or so. The Jackson County tax collector told county supervisors the fertilizer manufacturer owes more than a half-million dollars in personal property ...

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Shipyard begins fabrication of another Coast Guard cutter

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding has started construction on a sixth national security cutter for the Coast Guard. The vessel will be called the Munro (WMSL 755). Ingalls was awarded the contract in May. A third cutter, Stratton (WMSL 752) was commissioned in 2012. Two more are currently under construction at Ingalls in Pascagoula. Ingalls has delivered the first three ...

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Bottle top plant to stop after nearly 30 years; 100 laid off

OLIVE BRANCH — Closure Systems International Inc. will shutter its Olive Branch factory in December, laying off 100 people. Human resources director Jeanette Vaughn said today the factory will close Dec. 9. Officials at the DeSoto County plant are referring further comment to the company’s headquarters near Indianapolis, which is not immediately responding. The company makes bottle tops at the ...

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Conveyor component-maker cuts ribbon for expanded plant

CLARKSDALE — Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Metso cut the ribbon this past weekend on the company’s expanded operations in Clarksdale. Metso announced in September 2012 it would increase its conveyor component operations at the Clarksdale location. The project represents a $4-million company investment, and it created 30 new jobs and retained 61 jobs, according to the Mississippi Development ...

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