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Hybrid Plastics doubles size to lead way for ‘next generation’

Joe Lichtenhan, co-founder, president and CEO of Hybrid Plastics in Hattiesburg, was in graduate school in Seattle during the bloom of Microsoft. “I saw firsthand how the identity of Seattle changed almost overnight from that of a logging town and a place that built a few jets into a high-tech software hub,” Lichtenhan said. “I am convinced that this same ...

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Project ‘Taylor-made’

The road to Taylor is a narrow, winding two-lane blacktop. In fact, it ends in the small Lafayette County community six miles south of Oxford. If Southern Living magazine has its way, however, few people in its extensive circulation area — the Southern U.S. — won’t know where Taylor is after next summer. A half-mile past Taylor on an even ...

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Bobby Flay headlining this year’s Mistletoe Marketplace

One of Mississippi’s largest charitable fundraising events also has a very large impact on the metro economy. Mistletoe Marketplace seems to usher in the holidays, and for restaurants and hotels in the Jackson area, the gift is a big one. The three-day marketplace, presented by the Junior League of Jackson, includes an array of special events, dining opportunities, live entertainment ...

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Lobster-like freshwater prawns a premium aquaculture product

There is more to aquaculture in the Mississippi Delta than catfish. A small but growing niche in the marketplace is freshwater prawns that command premium prices for a product that some people believe tastes more like lobster than marine shrimp. Leland-based Lauren Farms (www.laurenfarms.com), owned by Dolores and Steven Fratesi, started producing freshwater prawns in 1995 after Mississippi State University ...

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Global grows from one division in company to a major player

The Global Financial Aid Services Inc. story is a most unlikely one. It began as a division of another company and proved a winner. However, the “parent” company eventually went under. Instead of folding, too, Global spun off as a standalone concern with a mere handful of clients. Today, it has hundreds of customers and employees from coast to coast ...

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Blue Cross Blue Shield running hard for race

For 30 years, the Mississippi Marathon ran in the greater metro Jackson area, building a solid reputation. Annually, it drew runners and fans from across the state, nation and world. However, this year the race is being replaced by a new event that, thanks to corporate sponsorship from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi (BCBS), is getting hefty promotion both ...

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More retail on the way to Bloomfield

A couple of years ago when Spectrum Capital, LLC, unveiled plans for Bloomfield (above aerial photo), it promised the lifestyle development would be large and offer a wealth of well-known stores and businesses in Pearl. With Bass Pro Shops and the Mississippi Braves already in the portfolio, Spectrum reaffirmed that promise when it announced last week but yet another major ...

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Furniture manufacturers, suppliers: ‘Come Home’

The governor listened patiently. And he’s waiting to hear more. Gov. Haley Barbour spoke to more than 100 members of the Mississippi Furniture Association (MFA) October 16 but left them standing, cocktails in hand, wondering what, if anything, he might eventually do to help them bolster their Northeast Mississippi-based industry. “We’re willing to do what we have to do as ...

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Dave Boyer bids Nissan’s Canton facility farewell

On October 12, Dave Boyer walked out of his office at the Nissan North America automotive assembly plant in Canton for the last time as vice president of manufacturing. The smile on his face was hard to miss. After completing a 39-year career in manufacturing management, the 61-year-old vice president of manufacturing for Nissan was retiring from his post and ...

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