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Celebrating family and success

Southern Pipe turns 75 MERIDIAN — Southern Pipe and Supply is throwing a two-month-long party that includes open houses at its nearly 100 locations, noted author Jim Collins and University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban. After all, it’s not every day a family-owned company — or any company, for that matter — can celebrate its 75th anniversary. “Ram ...

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Biotech group sends letter to Cochran urging mandatory funding

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — A group of Mississippi biotechnology companies and state associations have written Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), urging him to support mandatory funding for renewable energy programs in a new Farm Bill. Elevance Renewable Sciences of Natchez and DuPont Corporation, which has operations in Pass Christian and Pascagoula, sent the letter along with supporters at AgBioworks Foundation and the ...

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Stone wool plant coming to park; to employ 150 workers

MARSHALL COUNTY — Rockwool International officials and State of Mississippi economic development leadership have broken ground on the company’s first manufacturing facility in the United States. Rockwool is the parent company of Roxul, a manufacturer of stone wool insulation products in North America. The plant, located approximately 30 miles south of Memphis, was announced last year and is expected to ...

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Furniture Market date moved, exhibitors could be lost

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The spring Tupelo Furniture Market, originally scheduled for mid-February, will now be held Jan. 16-19. The fall market will be Aug. 15-18 as planned. TFM president Kevin Seddon tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal the move means the Tupelo date also will be bracketed by the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market (Jan. 8-15) and the ...

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Shipfitters graduate from community college's 'boot camp'

GULFPORT — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College recently held a graduation ceremony for 17 graduates of the Shipfitter Boot Camp at the Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center (AMTC) in Gulfport. The 10-week training program is designed to prepare individuals for entry–level employment as shipfitters. Originally, 20 participants were invited to participate in the boot camp following pre-qualification activities that included ...

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The Accelerator adds three new tenants, including GE Aviation

HATTIESBURG — The Accelerator, the University of Southern Mississippi’s technology commercialization center, has added new tenants GE Aviation, Radiance Technologies and Vatican Capital. GE Aviation, which just opened a new aircraft engine composite parts production facility in Ellisville has leased space at The Accelerator and is working with Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) and Jones County Junior College to produce employee ...

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Aldana takes over at Nissan-Canton

CANTON — David Aldana, currently director of Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Aguascalientes, Mexico, has been named vice president of the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton. Aldana will replace Dan Bednarzyk who has been named to the newly created position of vice president, Total Delivered Cost. Nissan made the announcements Friday. Aldana joined Nissan in 1985 as deputy general ...

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Gerard hands Eurocopter keys to Spears

COLUMBUS — Mike Spears, who has worked more than 25 years at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Troy, Ala., has been named head of American Eurocopter’s Lakota helicopter production facility in Lowndes County. Spears succeeds Fred Gerard, who has served as senior director of the Lakota production and retrofit unit since the program’s 2006 inception. Gerard has accepted a position with ...

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Town signs lease deal with biofuels company

GLOSTER — The town of Gloster has signed a lease with Drax Biomass International for its Amite BioEnergy wood pellet plant. The Enterprise-Journal reports that the 15-year lease calls for the company to pay the town $8,000 per year for the first 10 years and $9,000 for the next five. There are options to continue the lease at $10,000 per ...

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Read May 3rd digital edition of MBJ

In this week’s edition of the MBJ, we look at upcoming hearings on military base closures around the country and how that might impact Mississippi. Read about that and much more … including: » Tornado recovery in Hattiesburg and at Southern Miss » Fierce competition changes the face of Southern Gaming Summit » Grisham sequel to “a Time to Kill” ...

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