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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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Mississippi manufacturer betting on a weaker dollar

By JACK WEATHERLY Wayne Wade has concerns about continuing to do business in Vietnam. But it’s not because President Donald Trump “vetoed” America’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact. It’s the strong U.S. dollar, said Wade, president of Bio-Soil Enhancers Inc. of Hattiesburg. Vietnam is the company’s biggest customer. The Southeast Asian country would be one of the ...

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Looking south for trade with Cuba

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi is joining the hunt for “gold” in Cuba as the United States appears to be moving toward resumption of trade with the island nation 90 miles off the tip of Florida after a 55-year embargo. The nation of 11 million in so many ways is frozen in time, typified by 1950s autos that have been recycled ...

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GLENN McCULLOUGH — Powering Mississippi’s economy

Mississippi’s abundance and wide array of energy resources means we pay less than the national average for residential, commercial and industrial electricity. At the same time, Mississippi’s renewable energy resources are putting our people to work, processing the raw materials and restoring the forestland. Mississippi’s 19.8 million acres of forestland fuels a thriving forest product industry, generating a $12.3 billion ...

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