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Made in Mississippi: Atlas Roofing Corporation

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Our latest Made in Mississippi features the  Atlas Roofing Corporation  in Meridian. Atlas recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. During the celebration, the company hosted a lunch for all of its employees and presented awards to its staff. They also gave a $37,000 check to Belinda Harvey, who created the company's original logo in 1982 and had become her family's caretaker. Atlas manufactures roof insulation, wall insulation, shingles, underlayments, and molded polystyrene and does business with companies in 19 different countries! Check out the  Mississippi Manufacturers Association 's story below or in the link to our YouTube page! https://bit.ly/3sZztHs

MMA Scholarship Spotlight: Jackson State's Khaela Jones

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Well before she stepped foot on campus as a freshman at Jackson State, junior Industrial Technology major Khaela Jones, who graduated from Jim Hill High School in Jackson, had a pretty good idea of what she wanted to study when she got to college. “The world is changing so fast, and everything revolves around technology,” said Jones. “After high school graduation, we got a chance to come on campus and we basically did summer classes and we visited different companies around Jackson. They talked to us about different opportunities you can go into.” Unfortunately, her college experience, just like the experience of so many students across the country and the world, was quickly interrupted by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020. Campus shut down and students were forced to take their classes online. “My freshman year, spring semester, COVID really affected a lot of things,” Jones said. “I didn’t have the full college experience because we just got back on campus this

Made in Mississippi: Taylor Power Systems

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MADE IN MISSISSIPPI: The TM1000 from  Taylor Power Systems  in Clinton recently won the inaugural Mississippi Makers' Challenge Sponsored by  Hancock Whitney . We detail its design and capabilities, as well as all of Taylor Power's offerings, in this month's edition of Made in Mississippi. 

Senator Roger Wicker Visits MMA Member PFG Precision Optics

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OCEAN SPRINGS (Courtesy: PFG Precision Optics)  – Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) toured PFG Precision Optics earlier this week to see first-hand the operations of one of the highly regarded participants in the optics and photonics industry. During the site visit, Senator Wicker and his wife Gayle met with technicians, engineers, and management to learn about the manufacturing of high precision optical components, which PFG Precision Optics provides to the defense, semiconductor and medical industries as well as to scientists at universities and national laboratories around the country. “It was a privilege to host Senator Wicker at PFG Optics today,” stated PFG Precision Optics President Travis Green. “We appreciate his interest in our company and the photonics industry. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the impact that our optics technology has on our everyday lives.” PFG Precision Optics has made high-quality, high-precision optics in the US for more than four decades. Ex

Carpenter Pole and Piling to Locate New Pole Mill in Waynesboro

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JACKSON (Courtesy: Mississippi Development Authority)  – Carpenter Pole and Piling is expanding in Mississippi by locating a pole mill in Waynesboro. The project is a nearly $3.57 million corporate investment and will create 15 jobs. Carpenter Pole and Piling specializes in utility poles for power companies and foundation and marine pilings for new construction. The company currently has a treating plant in Wiggins, where it employs 43 workers, and a treating plant in Picayune, where it employs 12 workers. The new Waynesboro mill also will specialize in utility people and piling production. The Mississippi Development Authority and Dixie Electric Power Association, Cooperative Energy’s local electric distribution member, are providing assistance for the project. Carpenter Pole and Piling expects to begin operations at the new pole mill by the end of August and fill the new jobs within one year following the completion of construction. QUOTES “I appreciate the Carpenter Pole and Piling

Sandy Crist Named New Executive Director of MMA-MEP

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  JACKSON - The Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) is pleased to announce Sandy Crist as the Executive Director of the MMA Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Crist replaces James Williams, who served as Executive Director from 2019 to 2021. The MEP is a private-public cost-share program that helps small and medium-sized manufacturers develop new products and customers, expand and diversify markets, adopt new technology, and enhance value within supply chains. "I am excited to join the MMA-MEP team," said Crist. "I look forward to expanding resources and services to support our state’s manufacturing community to ensure high-quality American-made products can compete in the global marketplace." Crist spent the last ten years with the Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB) and was most recently the Assistant Executive Director for Workforce, Career-Technical, and Adult Education. Prior to that, she served as the State Director for Adult Education a

Taylor Power Systems' TM 1000 Wins Inaugural Mississippi Makers' Challenge

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JACKSON - The winner of the inaugural Mississippi Makers' Challenge Sponsored by Hancock Whitney is the TM 1000 from Taylor Power Systems in Clinton. The Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) presented the award today during a luncheon at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson. The TM 1000 is a container-based portable generator that is powered by twin 500 kW tier 4 final Volvo Penta engines. The two engines are paralleled for the total 1000 kW but can be separated for redundant 500 kW use. It is utilized by equipment rental companies, first responders, hospitals, manufacturing facilities, and any other business that needs a considerable volume of immediate power. In the three-round bracketed competition, the TM 1000 received 25,524 of the 121,469 votes. Including the Initial Voting Round, there were 134,441 votes cast over the course of the contest. The other finalists are listed below: Cacklebee Farms (Forkville) - TWISTER and BANTAM Fence Tool Legendary Lighting (Flowood) - Atl