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Howard Industries settles post-raid discrimination lawsuit

LAUREL — Federal court records show a Mississippi company that was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on illegal immigrants has settled a discrimination lawsuit by four black women who claimed the company gave preferential treatment to Latinos. A tentative settlement was announced in February. Details were released in court documents filed this past week. U.S. District Court ...

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MEP.ms: Polymer group assists in plant expansions

HATTIESBURG — The Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi (MEP.ms) reports the Mississippi Polymer Institute provided outstanding technical assistance to four Mississippi-based manufacturing companies, yielding $2.9 million in direct financial impact during the 2012 fiscal year. This assistance also led to the creation of 18 news jobs in the state. This work was reflected by independent auditors during the national survey ...

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Exec: Toyota will add jobs, build more cars in North America

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Toyota’s top U.S. sales executive predicts that his company will add jobs and build more models in North America as a hedge against a strong yen. Jim Lentz, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., said Toyota already makes around 70 percent of the models sold in North America in the region. He sees that ...

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Sitel Corp. laying off dozens of workers at call center

Starkville — Sitel Corp. will lay off up to 58 workers from its Starkville call center in September. Based in Nashville, Tenn., Sitel employs nearly 500 people at the Starkville call center. The company does contract work for other companies. Spokesman Andrew Kokes said the people being laid off handled a specialized technical support contract. He said the employees were ...

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MDA leading trade missions to Canada, China

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is inviting state business leaders interested in pursuing trade opportunities in the Canadian market or seeking representation, partners or distributorships in Canada to participate in a multi-sector business-to-business matchmaking mission to Toronto and Montreal Sept. 10-14. In a separate item, MDA is also leading a trade mission to China Sept. 26-28. The Canadian ...

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City officials sign sale option for new biofuels facility

ABERDEEN — Aberdeen officials have signed a sale option with SPW and Associates of Birmingham, Ala., in hopes of bringing in a biofuel plant. Monroe County Chamber of Commerce executive director Tony Green said the company plans to produce diesel and jet fuel at the Aberdeen site. He said SPW has put down earnest money, and if the purchase price ...

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County hoping new website helps spur economic development

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY — A new Oktibbeha County website developed by a Mississippi State University research center will better connect citizens with their county government, and also serve as a “business card” for local economic development efforts. The university center’s director said the project “is the beginning of a new way for Oktibbeha County to work. “It connects citizens with their ...

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Unemployment rate fell in all 82 counties in June

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Unemployment rates fell in all Mississippi counties in June compared to a year ago, according to figures released yesterday. Rankin County had the lowest jobless rate at 5.9 percent, while 11 counties reported rates of 11 percent or higher. Clay County was the highest among the 82 counties at 17.9 percent. County-level rates are not adjusted to ...

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BorgWarner expanding plant again; adding 50 new jobs

WATER VALLEY — Auto parts maker BorgWarner Drivetrain Systems says it plans to add another 50 jobs at its Yalobusha County plant. It’s the third expansion at the site in two years for company, which now has 485 employees. The company makes parts for automotive transmissions. BorgWarner is hiring more workers to make a transmission system, which enables engines to ...

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State's unemployment rate rose in June

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate ticked up in June, amid signs of a stalling economy. The state’s jobless rate rose to 8.8 percent, from 8.7 percent in May as the number of people with jobs fell, according to figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s the first time that the unemployment rate has risen in Mississippi since ...

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