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Toyota, four community colleges form training partnership

BLUE SPRINGS — Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi and four community colleges are launching a partnership to train people for advanced manufacturing jobs. The Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program gives students the chance to take two days of classroom instruction in Belden and three days of hands-on experience at Toyota’s Blue Springs plant. Participants will take classes their home college two days ...

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Bryant steering away from startups like failed Twin Creeks

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant says he’d prefer that the state not invest in startup companies like failed solar equipment firm Twin Creeks. The Republican says he’s steering the Mississippi Development Authority away from loaning or giving money to such companies. “I do not have a preference for startup companies,” Bryant told The Associated Press. “I am conservative because of ...

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MDEQ fines International Paper, Timber Products plants

REDWOOD and CORINTH — International Paper Co. is paying a $38,250 civil fine for failing to label used oil tanks and exceeding air pollution limits from a lime kiln. The company, based in Memphis, Tenn., agreed in September to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. An order published by the department says the company emitted too ...

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CARTER: College Board forecast session diverted from productive discussions

  File Tuesday’s College Board economic forecasting conference under “Missed Opportunities.” Here was an opportunity for a seriously detailed discussion on what steps Mississippi can take to avoid a bleak forecast that jobs growth in many of the state’s business sector won’t return to pre-2007 levels until 2020 at the earliest. Instead, a filibuster on the subject of Medicaid as ...

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Yates to assemble equipment for project in Montana

PHILADELPHIA — A Mississippi company has announced plans to assemble equipment for Canadian oil sands projects in northwestern Montana. The Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune reports Philadelphia-based Yates Constructors plans to open an assembly plant in the Bynum, Mont., area, north of Choteau along the Rocky Mountain Front. Sweetgrass Development executive director Sarah Converse says Yates plans to hire 75 to ...

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OSHA cites manufacturer after two workers are killed

PASCAGOULA — Mississippi Phosphates Corp. has been cited by the government for 40 safety and health violations following the deaths of two workers in separate incidents at the company’s Pascagoula plant. Occupational Safety and Health Administration say in a news release it has proposed penalties of $165,900. The company has 10 days to appeal. On May 22, an operator died ...

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MSU partnering with South Koreans to research auto manufacturing

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is officially partnering with a South Korean entity, which has a complementary research mission with the university’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems. MSU provost and executive vice president Jerry Gilbert signed a memorandum of understanding, along with Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) Incheon Region Division CEO Sang-Mok Lee. The alliance will allow CAVS and ...

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Judge sets opt-out deadline for discrimination lawsuit

LAUREL — A federal judge has set an opt-out deadline of Nov. 29 for those eligible for part of a proposed, $1.3-million class-action settlement alleging discriminatory hiring practices at Howard Industries, which was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on illegal immigrants. The discrimination was filed by four black women who claimed the company gave preferential treatment to ...

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Egg company closes on Maxim acquisition in Texas

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. has closed on the previously announced acquisition of the commercial egg production and related assets of Maxim Production Co. Inc. Terms were not disclosed. The assets purchased by Cal-Maine include a feed mill and two production complexes with capacity for approximately 3.5 million laying hens with related pullet capacity, all located near Boling, Texas. In ...

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Officials learn facility will not meet start-up deadline

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County officials say they have been told by Silicor that a metal production and purification facility will not meet its Dec. 31 start date. Lowndes County Administrator Ralph Billingsley tells the Commercial Dispatch the announcement came during a meeting last week. In August, Lowndes County supervisors extended a Sept. 2 starting deadline to Dec. 31. If the ...

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