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Voyant Beauty Increasing Capacity in Olive Branch

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JACKSON (Courtesy: Mississippi Development Authority) – Voyant Beauty, manufacturer of beauty and personal care products, is expanding in Olive Branch. The project is a $13.17 million corporate investment and will create 80 new jobs and retain 57 existing jobs.   Voyant Beauty is a leading, full-service partner to the personal care and beauty industry serving customers at every stage of the brand lifecycle. Voyant Beauty was formed via the acquisitions of Vee Pak, Aware Products, Cosmetic Essence Innovations and KIK Personal Care. Headquartered near Chicago, Voyant Beauty’s integrated network of innovation and 14 manufacturing facilities delivers responsive solutions and increased speed to market.   Voyant Beauty’s Olive Branch facility currently supports the company’s Hotel Cosmetics business, producing bar soaps. This investment will add liquid compounding and filling line capabilities for personal care and Hotel Cosmetics liquids, creating a complete solution for customers. The Mis

Recycling Company Madera Fuels Locating Collection and Processing Operations to Vicksburg

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JACKSON (Courtesy: Mississippi Development Authority)  – Recycling company Madera Fuels is locating material collection and processing operations in Vicksburg. The project is a $4.859 million corporate investment and will create 30 jobs.   Madera Fuels converts non-recyclable waste into reusable fuel. The company’s Vicksburg facility, which includes 300,000 square feet of warehousing space, will aggregate, sort/separate, blend and recycle various commercial waste products to produce a consistent thermal feedstock. Madera Fuels will shred and bale the blended feedstock materials to sale to third-party buyers. The company expects to receive approximately 50,000 tons annually of various non-hazardous, industrial waste products, or materials that would otherwise be sent to landfills. The processed and sorted feedstock materials will be converted primarily to base fuel stock and other recyclable materials.   The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for infrastructure i

2021 MMA Environmental and Safety Conference

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FLOWOOD - The MMA PAC Golf Tournament was held Wednesday and it was the first day of activities for the 2021 Environmental and Safety Conference. The tournament was held at the recently-renovated Refuge Golf Course. 27 teams competed, and the winning team was from Waring Oil. The players on the winning team were Charles Waring, Pierson Waring, Howard Waring, and Richard Waring. Thursday was the first day of meetings and presentations. The Keynote Speaker was John Blevins, who is the Acting Administrator for Region 4 of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The next session was a Sustainability Panel. The presenters were Melissa Pringle from Allen Engineering, Ashley Kimes from International Paper, Kristi Mitchum from Chevron, and Jennifer Koski from Chemours. The following session was titled Environmental Justice, and was given by Annie McIlwain from PPM Consultants, The afternoon featured breakout sessions with speakers tailored for the Environmental track or the Safety track. Co

Pat Thomasson Named MMA's First Woman Chair of the Board

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JACKSON  - Pat Thomasson, CEO of the Thomasson Company in Philadelphia, MS, was named the Mississippi Manufacturers Association's (MMA) Chair of the Board on Tuesday, making her the first woman to serve in this position. "This is pretty special," said Thomasson. "I'm honored to be a part of an organization that recognizes the changes in manufacturing and all types of individuals who are looking at technical fields as a career path." Thomasson has been on the MMA Board of Directors since 2016. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and has a bachelor's and master's degree in accounting from The University of Mississippi. She started working for the Thomasson Company, her family's business, in June 1996. "Pat has been a business leader in her community for decades, and she brings that wealth of knowledge and experience to her role as the new Chair of MMA," said MMA President & CEO John McKay. "I look forward to working with

Agenda Set for 2021 MMA Environmental and Safety Conference

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2021 MMA Environmental and Safety Conference October 20-22, 2021 at the Sheraton Flowood The Refuge Hotel & Conference Center Wednesday, October 20 7:30 a.m. MMA PAC Golf Tournament registration 9:00 – 2:00 p.m. MMA PAC Golf Tournament 5:00 – 6:30  Beer, wine & hors d’oeuvres Thursday, October 21 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 Registration/Breakfast 8:30 – 8:40 Welcome and Introduction 8:40 – 9:25 Keynote Address: John Blevins, EPA Region 4 Acting Administrator 9:25 – 10:15  Sustainability Panel Moderator: Melissa Pringle, Allen Engineering Panelists: Ashley Kimes, International Paper Company Kristi Mitchum, Chevron Products Company Jennifer Koski, Chemours 10:15 – 10:45 Break 10:45 – 11:30 Environmental Justice: Annie McIlwain, PPM Consultants 11:30 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch Environmental Breakout Session 12:45  – 1:30  MDEQ Agency Update: MDEQ Staff 1:30 – 2:15 PFAS Panel Trudy Fisher, Butler Snow Chris Frey, Office of Research & Development – EPA Bill Moody, MS Department of Health 2:15 – 2:

Tull Brothers Expanding Manufacturing Operations in Corinth

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  JACKSON (Courtesy: Mississippi Development Authority)  – Tull Brothers, Inc., manufacturer and distributor of sustainable building opening solutions, is expanding in Corinth. The project is a $2.164 million corporate investment and will create 15 jobs.   Headquartered in Corinth, Tull Brothers also has operations in Jackson, Meridian and Tupelo, as well as locations in Tennessee. The company operates three divisions throughout its Mississippi and Tennessee locations: Architectural Glass and Glazing Systems, Overhead Door and Rated Opening Solutions, and Architectural Door and Hardware Solutions. Tull Brothers is purchasing the 65,625-square-foot Alcorn County incubator building, which will be retrofitted to expand the company’s manufacturing operations in Mississippi.   The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for building improvements. Alcorn County and the Tennessee Valley Authority are assisting with the project, as well.   Tull Brothers currently employs a to

AccelerateMS Hires Deputy Director for Strategy & Programs

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JACKSON (Courtesy: Accelerate MS) - On Thursday, Accelerate Mississippi announced an effort to optimize statewide programmatic efforts, to improve coordination with community colleges across Mississippi and to seek creative solutions with workforce related issues.  For this endeavor, AccelerateMS is proud to announce the hire of Dr. Courtney Taylor to spearhead the drive to bring these opportunities to the forefront and better target meaningful outcomes. Dr. Taylor has served as the Vice-President of Workforce and Economic Development at East Mississippi Community College (EMCC), where she manages all workforce related efforts and serves as the director of the world class Communiversity, a state-of-the-art training facility in Columbus, Mississippi. Prior to her role at EMCC, Taylor served as a Regional Director for Workforce and Economic Development for the Alabama Community College System. She has served similar roles both at community colleges and four-year institutes of higher lea

Mississippi Development Authority Accepting Applications for Industrial Energy Efficiency Grants

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JACKSON (Courtesy: Mississippi Development Authority)  –  The Mississippi Development Authority is accepting grant applications for the 202 1  Mississippi Industrial Energy Efficiency Program, which is made possible through approximately  $ 400,000   in State Energy Program funds from the U.S. Department of Energy. MIEEP  assists industrial manufacturers with making energy efficiency upgrades to their facilities, which reduces energy consumption and operating costs. Eligible energy retrofits include: lighting, water heating and energy systems control, as well as heating, ventilation  and  air conditioning projects, among others. Grant awards are offered up to 50 percent of total project costs, with the award not to exceed $50,000. The minimum grant award is $15,000.   “Energy-efficient upgrades to manufacturing facilities result in tremendous cost savings, and funding through the MIEEP can help Mississippi’s companies achieve reduced energy usage that will provide a great return on inv

Tyson Foods Announces $61 Million Investment to Meet Consumer Demand for Tyson® Chicken Brand

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JACKSON (Courtesy: Mississippi Development Authority) -  Tyson Foods is investing $61 million in its Vicksburg poultry plant as part of the company’s commitment to meet increasing demand for protein and deliver on its strategy of accelerating long-term growth of the Tyson® retail brand. The expansion will create nearly 50 jobs. Tyson’s Vicksburg facility makes fully cooked chicken products for foodservice and retail customers. The expansion will increase production capacity of chicken products for foodservice customers such as restaurants and schools. The Vicksburg facility employs approximately 500 people and paid more than $17 million in wages during its 2020 fiscal year. The facility has a local economic impact of $58 million annually. Tyson recently raised total compensation for team members, including raising hourly wages at the facility to at least $15 an hour. The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for infrastructure improvements. Warren County and Entergy

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Expanding in Iuka

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JACKSON (Courtesy: Mississippi Development Authority) – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems is expanding its facility in Iuka. The expansion, which will accommodate future work, is a $3.9 million corporate investment and is expected to create 50 jobs. GA-EMS applies research, science and technology innovation to develop and deliver multi-mission systems and first-of-kind products, such as aircraft launch and recovery systems, to help defend national interests and support critical commercial enterprises worldwide. GA-EMS’s Iuka expansion marks the company’s 13th expansion in the state in 16 years. For the project, the company is completing building renovations that will provide a world-class structural fabrication space for a large welding and fabrication workforce of 50 or more employees. In September 2020, GA-EMS announced a $39.5 million investment and the creation of 125 jobs at its Shannon location. That expansion involved the addition of 100,000 square feet of highly specializ

MDEQ Seeks Environmental Leaders for enHance Membership

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JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is now accepting applications for  enHance , the agency’s environmental stewardship program, through November 1. enHance is a voluntary stewardship program that recognizes committed environmental leaders who accomplish goals beyond their standard regulatory requirements. Participating organizations make a commitment to address and achieve ongoing environmental improvements. “enHance has successfully brought together and recognized members that go above and beyond what is required by environmental laws and regulations and are good stewards of our state’s natural resources. These members have decreased their wastes, reduced their environmental impacts, and improved the quality of life in their communities. We hope that additional members will be added for the class of 2022 who share the same vision and leadership as our current members,” said Chris Wells, MDEQ Executive Director. enHance currently has 32 members from a