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Engineering schools in Mississippi produce graduates vital to state’s work force

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi industries have a big demand for workers with engineering degrees, a fact that puts graduates from engineering schools in the state in a good position to land jobs that earn far above the state’s average salaries. The largest engineering school is the state is the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU), which had ...

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International Paper Co. gives $2.25M to Mississippi State

STARKVILLE — International Paper Co. has given $2.25 million to Mississippi State to establish an endowment for a faculty chair within the school’s James Worth Bagley College of Engineering and create a new controls laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Senior Vice President Tommy Joseph, a 1982 MSU graduate, announced the gift Monday. He says by partnering ...

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County taking bids to clear timber off old IP site

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors is advertising for bids for the removal of timber from the 470-acre site of the old International Paper plant. Board vice president Mike Lazarus tells the Natchez Democrat that the property’s previous owners, Rentech, were already logging the land when Adams County bought it in August. “The day we took the title, ...

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Port bouncing back from low-water mark

For nearly 20 years, the Natchez-Adams County Port, the industrial base of the area, bled jobs. In 2003 alone, nearly 600 workers were displaced when International Paper shuttered its mill after more than 50 years in operation. In total, the port lost 1,500-1,800 jobs over that time frame, and while tourism remains the area’s number one industry, the city and ...

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County closes on purchase of property from Rentech

NATCHEZ — Adams County’s taxpayers now own property that went from being a robust industrial site to a big economic letdown. County officials signed the paperwork Thursday to close the real estate deal transferring the title of the 478-acre former International Paper mill property from Rentech to Adams County for $9.25 million. The county entered into a contract to purchase ...

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Community learns hard lessons from IP mill closure

NATCHEZ — Darryl Grennell can remember growing up in Natchez and smelling an odd odor in the air coming from the International Paper mill. What smelled funky to Grennell was a welcomed aroma for others. “I would ask the older people what that odor was and they would say to me, ‘That’s the smell of money,'” said Grennell, who is ...

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