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GLENN McCULLOUGH: Automotive industry is driving job creation in Mississippi

A little more than a decade ago, Mississippi had never produced a commercial vehicle. Today, about 4 million vehicles assembled in the state are on the road around the world, and production is showing no signs of slowing down. For Mississippians, more significant than production milestones are the contributions Toyota and Nissan have made to the state and local economy. ...

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McCormick & Company locating in Marshall County, creating 48 jobs

McCormick & Company is locating warehousing and distribution operations in Marshall Co., Miss., investing $6 million and creating 48 jobs. “I am pleased to welcome McCormick as the newest member of the state’s thriving warehousing and distribution industry. The 48 jobs being created by the company will positively benefit the local community and economy for years to come,” Gov. Phil ...

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DENNIS SEID: Economic development would suffer from cuts

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget includes the elimination of key economic development agencies, including the Appalachian Regional Commission, which has played a vital part in many projects in Mississippi. While there is no doubt that government can be leaner and more efficient, the work of the ARC cannot be overlooked. The ARC was created in 1965 as a federal agency ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Stores closed by online competition impact community finances

J.C. Penney announced it will close five stores in Mississippi communities – Columbus, Corinth, Greenville, Meridian, and Oxford. Earlier Sears announced three closures in Columbus, Jackson, and McComb, with more to come. Even Wal-Mart has closed stores, in Belmont, Mantachie, Sardis, Walnut, Derma and Nettleton.    Two years ago Radio Shack closed 20 stores in Mississippi, in Jackson, Hattiesburg, Meridian, ...

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Waller ready to take reins of MEC

By JACK WEATHERLY There have been only three directors of the Mississippi Economic Council in its 68 years. Soon there will be a fourth. Nothing is official, but Scott Waller, an 11-year veteran of the MEC, the state chamber of commerce, in February was named interim president and chief executive effective May 1. The same day, the MEC announced that ...

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New restaurant ‘barrels’ into Fondren

Barrelhouse owners hope to provide economically sound business with character to community By ALEX JACKS In the heart of Fondren, where art, entertainment and, most important, fine dining take a front seat, sits the newest hub that combines all three characteristics. Barrelhouse, named for its exposed barrel rolled ceiling and prominent Cajun cuisine roots, recently opened on the Fondren strip. ...

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Poultry processor to open plant in Carthage

MBJ staff Pearl River Foods will open a poultry processing plant in Carthage, investing more than $2 million and creating 150 jobs. The Mississippi Development Authority also will contribute a $1.5 million grant and Leake County provided $175,000 for infrastructure upgrades. Pearl River Foods’ Carthage location will allow the company to better serve the local poultry industry. The company will ...

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$33.6 million aquatic center at Ridgeland proposed

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi isn’t necessarily known as a “swimming” state. But a plan has been floated to change that. An 88,700-square-foot facility at an estimated cost of $33.6 million has been proposed for land to be donated by the city of Ridgeland for the Mississippi Aquatic Center. The facility would rely on corporate sponsorships — including the possibility of ...

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