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Ergon, Bunge North America building state-of-the-art plant

VICKSBURG — An ethanol plant being built in this historic Mississippi River city will be part of the solution to America’s search for more renewable energy and less dependence on foreign oil. Flowood-based Ergon and Bunge North America, one of the nation’s leading agribusiness firms, have joined forces to build the largest ethanol plant in the southeastern United States in ...

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One year later, Coast small businesses are coming back

Many small retailers on the Coast were casualties of Hurricane Katrina’s wrath in 2005. Their recovery has taken different routes. Some businesses relocated and others are rebuilding. New businesses are also opening. In hard hit Old Town of Bay St. Louis, the owners of Maggie May’s on Main Street reopened August 12 of this year, almost one year after the ...

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Still no firm numbers for businesses destroyed by Katrina

Earlier this fall, the Mississippi Business Journal had this inquiry for information: How many Coast businesses were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and how many have reopened in the 14 months since the storm? That is information that is difficult to find even by calling a number of state, federal and local governmental agencies, and groups like local chambers of commerce. ...

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SeverCorr: on target for steel mill by third quarter 2007

COLUMBUS — It’s a big plan: building an $880-million steel mill that, when complete in the third-quarter of 2007, will have the capacity to produce 1.5 million tons of steel a year for use in the automotive, building, agricultural, appliance and pipe/tube industries. So far, everything is working out according to projections as SeverCorr celebrates a year of successful construction ...

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Transaction facilitates BancorpSouth’s move into Missouri

TUPELO — The $11.9-billion asset BancorpSouth Inc. closed out October by adding another state in its geographic banking map. On October 31, officials with BancorpSouth and City Bancorp, parent company of The Signature Bank headquartered in Springfield, Mo., announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement. Under the terms of the transaction, which is valued at approximately $170 million, City ...

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New study indicates time has come for South to reform taxes

A couple of generations ago, Sunday dinner South would have been likely to include chicken fried in lard, mashed potatoes in cream and green beans boiled to death. Over time, most people have shifted to foods cooked in a healthier manner. That is the analogy that the Center for a Better South director Andy Brack uses to discuss tax reform ...

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Spas/salons becoming luxurious centers for services, pampering

As casinos strive to become all-encompassing resorts, their on-property spas, salons and fitness centers are taking a starring role. These spas and salons are not just somewhere to get a quick haircut or manicure but have evolved into luxurious centers for all-day retreats. Casino spokespersons say the spas not only pamper hotel and casino guests but draw other customers too, ...

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Montalvo family sees bright future in timber industry

MCCOMB — The timber industry is an important part of the economic landscape of Southwest Mississippi, and the Montalvo family has played a role in that industry for 37 years. As owners of McComb Diesel, Harvest Haul and Timber Transport, they’re growing and see a bright future for the area’s leading industry. “The forest industry is one of the state’s ...

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