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Jones Lumber plans $18 million expansion in Natchez, adding 35 jobs

MBJ staff Jones Lumber Co. is expanding its Mississippi grade-lumber operations with an $18-million corporate investment in Natchez that will create 35 jobs. Jones Lumber has operations in locations throughout Mississippi, all of which produce hardwood mats. In January 2018, the company acquired the former Rives and Reynolds lumber mill in Natchez, where it will specialize in grade lumber. Jones ...

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Device maker to create 100 distribution jobs in Olive Branch

Medical device manufacturer and supplier Zimmer Biomet is growing its distribution operations by establishing a facility in Olive Branch. The project will create 100 jobs, according to a release from the Mississippi Development Authority. Zimmer Biomet will lease 120,000 square feet of a 420,000-square-foot facility. From there, the company will distribute its products to medical facilities around the world. “Zimmer Biomet is ...

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SBA Awards FY 2019 State Trade Expansion Program grants

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that $683,550 has been awarded  to Mississippi Development Authority that successfully competed for funding to support export growth among small businesses through SBA’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP).  “SBA is proud to partner with the STEP grant winners and provide much-needed resources that help small businesses increase their sales by exporting,” said Acting ...

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MDA puts ‘smokestack chasing’ in back seat

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi’s economic development agency is taking a more measured strategy for promoting industrial growth in the state. “This year, more than 80 percent of state-assisted economic development announcements have been expansions of our existing corporate citizens,” Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough Jr, said in a news release last month. McCullough declined to discuss the current ...

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Tool firm moving to Ripley, creating 10 jobs

MBJ staff North Mississippi Tool Inc. is relocating its operations from Booneville to Ripley in a $700,000 corporate investment that creates 10 jobs. The company, which specializes in tool and die manufacturing for customers such as Winchester, Plumrose, American Pipe, SMW and CECA, is relocating its operations to better serve its customers. The company is renting a facility from CECA ...

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Regional director criticizes Mississippi economic agency

A regional economic development director is criticizing the Mississippi agency that seeks to bring jobs to the state. Joe Max Higgins is chief executive officer of Golden Triangle Development LINK, based in Columbus. He told The Commercial Dispatch that he believes Mississippi Development Authority leaders have a combative relationship with local and regional development groups. Higgins said MDA director Glenn McCullough tries ...

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SMW Manufacturing acquires Caterpillar operations in Lafayette County

SMW Manufacturing is taking over operations at the former Caterpillar facility in Lafayette County. The company plans to invest in excess of $15 million and hire up to 50 employees, comprised of predominantly former Caterpillar employees, by the end of 2018. “I am pleased to welcome SMW to Mississippi and appreciate the company for utilizing the skills of the facility’s ...

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Madison County Young Professionals Spring Forum

The Madison County Business League & Foundation (MCBL&F) recently hosted the Madison County Young Professionals (MCYP) Spring Forum in the Murano Room at Nissan North America in Canton.  Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director, Glenn McCullough, was the keynote speaker.  115 MCYPs attended the peer-to-peer networking and professional development event.  Pictured are, from left, Lisa Robin, MCYP Secretary/Treasurer; Sarah Beth Wilson, ...

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State honored by mag for Continental Tire deal

MBJ staff Trade & Industry Development magazine recently awarded the state of Mississippi a 2017 Corporate Investment and Community Impact, or CiCi, Award for Continental Tire. The Hinds County project won in the Corporate Investment category. In February 2016, Continental Tire, manufacturer of passenger, light truck and commercial vehicle tires, announced the company would locate a multi-million-square-foot manufacturing plant in ...

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