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Former aluminum plant exec jailed in Louisiana, awaits bond hearing

By JACK WEATHERLY Roger Boggs, chief executive of American Specialty Alloys, which was to build a $1.2 billion plant in Columbus to produce aluminum for automobile bodies, pulled up stakes in October 2015 and decided to seek his fortunes in Louisiana. At the time, the manufacturer was at odds with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Golden Triangle development agency, ...

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MDA leading business development mission Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands

The Mississippi Development Authority will lead a multi-sector business development mission to Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands from June 18–25. Mississippi companies interested in expanding or initiating trade in these markets are invited to participate. “By participating in MDA’s business development mission to Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands, Mississippi businesses will have ample opportunities to forge mutually beneficial relationships in ...

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Harris helps minority and women-owned business owners across the state

By BECKY GILLETTE Carol S. Harris was employed as a loan officer with Trustmark National Bank before going to work as a Housing Development Officer with the Mississippi Home Corporation, the housing finance agency for Mississippi, where she assisted Community Housing Development Organizations to fund and build more than 1,200 homes annually for low- to moderate-income residents. It was while ...

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MDA voids deal with shipbuilder at Gulfport port

By Jack Weatherly A Louisiana-based shipbuilder failed to meet a Dec. 31 deadline on investments and hiring at the Port of Gulfport and thus Mississippi officials voided an incentive deal. The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) turned down a proposal by Edison Chouest Offshore’s Topship subsidiary to cut in half its commitment of an investment of $68 million and creation of ...

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Boxx: State fares well at Internet trading

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT mbj@msbusiness.com Mississippi exports around $11 billion internationally, and the Mississippi Development Authority’s International Trade Office director Rose Boxx wants to increase those numbers. “In my opinion,” she said, “Mississippi has fared very well internationally. We have a very aggressive trade promotion program in our state, especially considering the size of Mississippi in comparison to other Southern ...

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Oxford manufacturer to expand, create 25 additional jobs

MBJ staff SMW Manufacturing announced Monday that it will expand its operations in Oxford by investing $4 million and creating 25 jobs over the next four years to bring the work force to 75. SMW makes components for the heavy truck, automotive, mining, construction and industrial markets. In 2017, the company announced it would take over operations in the former ...

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PRAM Central shines at 2018 State Conference

Members of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) Central Chapter took home the Professional Achievement Award, the Best in Show Award, three PRism awards, nine Award of Excellence recognitions and six Certificate of Merits at the recent State PRAM Conference. Lt. Christian Patterson, APR+M, public affairs director for the Mississippi Guard, won the Professional Achievement Award, which recognizes excellence ...

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There’s a code for jobs: With 1,000 unfilled positions in state, teachers look for students

By JULIA MILLER mbj@msbusiness.com From cell phones, to tablets, to smart watches, technology never seems to be out of reach. As it permeates every aspect of life, businesses are quickly following to improve customer experience and satisfaction, and with that, coding jobs are being posted nonstop. Today, more than 1,000 coding jobs remain unfilled in Mississippi. Innovate Mississippi has partnered ...

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Township at Colony Park to build penultimate phase

By JACK WEATHERLY Kerioth Corp. is planning to add two hotels and a conference center as one of the last two phases of The Township at Colony Park. And latest aspect of the mixed-use development in Ridgeland will be in keeping with the upscale nature of the project that began 2003, said Kerioth President and Chief Executive Clint Herring. Two ...

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Biewer Lumber opens for business in Newton

  Biewer Lumber’s officially opened its $85 million state-of-the-art sawmill in Newton on Tuesday. St. Clair, Mich.-based Biewer will employ about 125 at its Newton mill, which received $5 million in grants and loans from the state for site preparation and rail and road improvements. Additionally the city of Newton and Newton County each gave  about $268,000 as matches for the ...

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