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Union supporters say officials threaten to close Nissan plant

CANTON — Pro-union workers say Nissan Motor Co. has threatened to close its Canton assembly plant if workers vote for the United Auto Workers to represent them, though the company denies such threats. Such threats would violate federal law, which bars managers from telling employees they’ll close a plant in retaliation for a pro-union vote. “I think the UAW’s allegation ...

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Toyota reclaims title of world's top automaker

Toyota Motor Manufacturing sold a record 9.75 million vehicles last year, according to an official tally released Monday, roaring past General Motors and Volkswagen to reclaim its title as the world’s top automaker in 2012. The Japanese automaker which opened a Corolla plant in Mississippi’s Blue Springs in 2011 had a 27 percent increase in U.S. sales in last year, ...

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Neighborhoods still being tested for pollutants from plant

HATTIESBURG — Officials have been conducting testing at and near the former Hercules plant to determine whether contaminants have spread into surrounding neighborhoods. Testing is being conducted by officials with the state Department of Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency and Ashland Inc., Hercules’ parent company at wells within a half-mile radius of the former chemical plant as well as ...

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North Carolina-based company sites plant

NATCHEZ — Towel and tissue supplier von Drehle Corp. of Hickory, N.C., has announced it will locate a manufacturing plant in Natchez. Officials say in a news release that the company, which provides paper products to commercial and industrial consumers nationwide, will create at least 100 new jobs. Von Drehle acquired the former Mississippi River Pulp facility, which closed in ...

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Furniture maker opening another facility; creating 60 jobs

VERONA — Ashley Furniture Industries is locating operations in a 275,000-square-foot facility in Verona, and will create 60 jobs at its new facility, according to the Mississippi Development Authority. Ashley Furniture maintains manufacturing operations in Ecru and Ripley. The furniture manufacturer will use its new Verona facility, which is located on a 35-acre site in the Tupelo-Lee Industrial Park South ...

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Investigators testing neighborhoods for pollutants

HATTIESBURG — State and federal agencies are testing neighborhoods around a former chemical plant in Hattiesburg for possible pollution. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency and Ashland Inc., Hercules’ parent company, have drilled test wells within a half-mile of the plant, the Hattiesburg American reported. The wells are drilled in the path that water flows underground, MDEQ ...

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Rainfall, snow melts improve outlook for Mississippi River navigation

Recent sustained rains and melting snow across the Mississippi Valley will ensure continuing navigation on the Mississippi River through mid-February, even if no additional rain falls between now and Feb. 15, the Army Corps of Engineers says. The period from Jan. 9-13 saw three-eighths inches of rain, with10+ inches locally, over the Ohio River Valley and the Mississippi watershed south ...

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Company expanding shipbuilding, repair operations

PASCAGOULA — Signet Maritime Corporate has announced plans for a $3.6-million expansion of its shipbuilding and repair operations at the Port of Pascagoula, creating 50 additional jobs. The company said the 50 spots have already been filled, and those new employees will assist the construction of a new tractor tugboat, Signet Magic, which is a 140-by-40-foot heavy deck barge. The ...

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University, steelmaker strike new R&D partnership

STARKVILLE —Mississippi State University and steelmaker Severstal North America (SNA) has established a research partnership aimed at helping grow the region’s high-tech manufacturing economy and foster national and international participation in ferrous alloy education and development. MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems and SNA recently launched the Steel Research Center to establish and operate a steelmaking technology hub. “We plan ...

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