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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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Holiday, biz travelers set to share the busy, busy skies

Although the holidays are approaching, many people still have to travel for business. Others will be traveling for vacations and to visit family or friends. Several area travel agents have shared their tips on how to best manage the chaos of the holiday travel season. Glen Hellman of Corrigan Travel in Jackson says that with air travel growing more difficult, ...

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Around the metro, chamber members boost benefits

For many businesses, being a member of a chamber of commerce is a no-brainer. But for small businesses that have to pay closer attention to the bottom line, the benefits have to justify the cost of the membership. The metro Jackson area has several chambers. In Jackson, the 120-year-old MetroJackson Chamber of Commerce, which sports a new name, the Greater ...

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Pioneer Aerospace production up

For almost 70 years, Pioneer Aerospace has been helping the economy of Columbia and Marion County. Now the plant is giving the community another boost by adding new employees as the operation gets busier. A manufacturer of parachutes, Pioneer Aerospace makes cargo, ejection, deceleration and recovery parachutes. These are serious parachutes made for the U.S. Department of Defense, the space ...

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Potential suppliers exploring opportunities with Toyota

Phillip Ray wants to sell some boxes, and he figures Toyota would be a good customer. When the automaker’s new assembly plant in Union County opens in 2009, it will need more than engines, transmissions and windshield wipers to keep it operating. Ray, sales manager of Chickasaw Container in Okolona, joined more than 200 other wannabe suppliers at a conference ...

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