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Taylor Group Wins $261.7 Million Contract with U.S. Army

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WASHINGTON (Office of Senator Roger Wicker)  – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., today announced the award of a $261.7 million contract to Taylor Defense Products in Louisville to provide cranes for the U.S. Army. Taylor Defense won the competitive $261,753,327 firm fixed-price contract to produce commercial cranes with minor military modifications. The contract work is expected to extend through Nov. 18, 2024. “Taylor Defense continues to deliver some of the best heavy-duty equipment in the world to our troops,”  Wicker  said. “It is encouraging to see the Army recognize Taylor Defense with this contract award, which will support the hardworking employees that build these platforms here in Mississippi.” “This contract is a huge vote of confidence in Taylor Defense and its employees to give the Army the equipment it needs to succeed logistically,”  Hyde-Smith  said. “I commend Taylor on its successful bid, which will benefit our national defense and our

Made in Mississippi: 2022 Nissan Frontier

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This summer, the  Nissan Motor Corporation 's Canton plant began exclusive production of the 2022 Frontier. In our latest Made in Mississippi video, Nissan Canton VP of Manufacturing Tim Fallon shares what it means to have this plant building the company's redesigned pickup. https://bit.ly/3FxTDMC

From Detroit to Mississippi: MMA-Secretary Treasurer Kirk Lewis Embraces His New Home

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  Kirk Lewis just wanted a haircut. The year is 2012, and Lewis was recently named the Deputy Mayor of Detroit because his good friend and Mayor, Dave Bing, was on leave due to a medical procedure. On this particular day, Lewis took the elevator down to a barbershop in the basement of the mayor’s office. “Oh man, the security went nuts,” Lewis said. “You would have thought that I had been kidnapped. They stormed down there once they found out where I was at. That was kind of my realization that this is different.” It was a different role than his full-time gig working with Dave Bing, and that role as chief governmental and corporate affairs officer is something he never envisioned having, either. These roles he had with his long-time friend are also symbolic of the relationship Bing and Lewis share, and it’s a relationship not everyone gets to develop. “I got to be friends with Kirk’s father and mother because they were big Pistons fans,” Bing said. “They were two of the big fans who s

Member Appreciation Month: Taylor Power Systems

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Today's Member Appreciation Month post celebrates 10 years of membership by Taylor Power Systems . Taylor Power Systems is one of Mississippi's strongest brands and their products continue to provide standby power for customers across the country.

Member Appreciation Month: Hargrove Engineers + Constructors

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  Today's Member Appreciation Month post celebrates 10 years of membership by Hargrove Engineers + Constructors . We appreciate your membership and the expertise you provide manufacturers to build, maintain, and run their facilities!

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a motion to stay OSHA's COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard

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OSHA -    On November 12, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a motion to stay OSHA's COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, published on November 5, 2021 (86 Fed. Reg. 61402) ("ETS"). The court ordered that OSHA "take no steps to implement or enforce" the ETS "until further court order." While OSHA remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the litigation.

Member Appreciation Month: Balch & Bingham

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Today's Member Appreciation Month post celebrates 20 years of membership by Balch & Bingham . We appreciate your commitment to our association and your passion for representing manufacturers in Mississippi.

Member Appreciation Month: Mississippi Polymer Institute

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Today’s Member Appreciation Month post celebrates the Mississippi Polymer Institute’s 20th anniversary. MPI continues to be a vital asset for the state as it helps foster business growth through technical services and educational outreach.

Member Appreciation Month: Northeast Mississippi Community College

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Today's Member Appreciation Month post honors Northeast Mississippi Community College. NEMCC has been a member for 20 years and provides incredible value to our industry by training students to become skilled workers. Thank you for all that you do to strengthen our workforce in Mississippi!

Member Appreciation Month: Mississippi Prison Industries Corporation

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Today's Member Appreciation Month post celebrates 20 years of membership with Mississippi Prison Industries Corporation. MPIC has been a valuable resource over the last two decades, and we look forward to many more years working together!

Member Appreciation Month: Multicraft International

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Today's Member Appreciation Month post celebrates 20 years of membership by Multicraft International. Multicraft is an international manufacturer of automotive components, and its products are found in over 30 different car models. We are honored to have you as a member!

Governor Reeves Announces RESTORE Act Awards, Commits Over $10 Million to Strengthen Gulf Coast Workforce

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GULFPORT (Courtesy: Accelerate MS)  – On Tuesday Governor Tate Reeves awarded  over $10 Million of Gulf Coast RESTORE Act funds  for a series of targeted efforts to grow the vitality of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s workforce. The awards include  $2.2 Million for Accelerate Mississippi, the state’s lead office for workforce strategy and deployment , which will be used to build out a workforce ecosystem and support innovative programs in high priority sectors. The list of workforce development projects awarded by Governor Reeves is below: Commercial Proving Grounds for Space to Sea floor Environmental Monitoring – $1.65M Development of airborne and waterborne unmanned systems to test and calibrate new systems from private, educational, governmental, and military systems; will allow for training new students about unmanned systems and provide them real-world field experience in this cutting edge technology Hancock County Tech Park at Stennis Airport – $2.2M Construction of Phase 1 of Hanc

Member Appreciation Month: Viking Range LLC

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  Today's Member Appreciation Month post celebrates Viking Range in Greenwood, MS. "Viking Range is proud to have been a member of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association for 30 years. Viking originated the luxury appliance industry from Greenwood, MS in 1984 by introducing the Viking Range. Viking is proud to be Made in Mississippi, USA."

Member Appreciation Month: The Chemours Company

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Today's Member Appreciation Month post celebrates 20 years of membership by the Chemours Company. Chemours has been in De Lisle, Mississippi for 41 years and is a key part of the state's economy on the Gulf. Thank you for your loyalty to our association!

NAM: Vaccine Mandate Set for New Year

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has laid out vaccination rules for companies with 100 employees or more, according to  CNBC . The basics:  Businesses have until Jan. 4, 2022, to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated. Beginning Dec. 5, all workers who are not yet fully vaccinated must wear face coverings indoors, and those who do not get the vaccine by Jan. 4 will be required to provide weekly negative COVID-19 tests. Companies also have until Dec. 5 to provide paid time off for employees to get vaccinated and paid sick leave for any recovery afterward. Who’s not covered: The rules do not apply to people who work remotely, work in an environment with no other employees or work exclusively outdoors. Workers can also receive exemptions based on religious beliefs, disabilities and medical conditions. What’s ahead:  After Jan. 4, OSHA will begin conducting onsite inspections to enforce these rules. “Penalties for noncompliance can range from $13,653 per serious violati

Member Appreciation Month: Celebrating Brunini's 40th Anniversary

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Thursday's Member Appreciation Month post celebrates Brunini's 40th anniversary. Brunini is a valuable asset to our organization and has helped guide our legal and regulatory strategy for decades! "The Brunini Law Firm is honored and proud to celebrate 40 years of membership in the Mississippi Manufacturers Association. MMA provides a tremendous service to the Mississippi business and industry community through effective interaction with the Governor, the Mississippi Legislature, and state administrative agencies and their staff regarding issues in which MMA members have a substantial interest. We look forward to continuing this important relationship going forward into the future."

MMA Scholarship Spotlight: Itawamba Community College’s Matthew Eaton

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  Matthew Eaton is a semester and a half away from graduating with an associate’s degree from Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Mississippi. It’s a simple statement of fact for the 30-year-old, but Eaton's road to the seemingly simple step of graduation isn't what anyone would call routine. Instead, he had to travel halfway around the world to realize he wanted to do something he had been doing since he was a kid. “I think at 12 years old I took the motor off the lawn mower and replaced it with another one,” Eaton said. “I would work on anything. I just get a lot of joy out of taking stuff apart. I guess because I’m in my own little world by myself when I’m fixing something.” Eaton comes by that joy honestly. “It’s something me and my daddy always shared. Out of all the kids, I’m the one that’s a spitting image of him. He can work on stuff and do everything, and I can, too,” Eaton said. And even over the phone, you could tell he was smiling as he started saying the next par

Member Appreciation Month: Celebrating Entergy's 50th Year of Membership

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  Today's Member Appreciation Month post celebrates Entergy Mississippi's 50th anniversary with MMA. Your commitment to the manufacturers in our state continues to foster a positive business climate, and we are grateful for your continued support!

Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems Establishing Manufacturing Operations in Lee County

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JACKSON (Courtesy: Mississippi Development Authority)   –  Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems, a global automotive  supplier  in  manufacturing air ventilation systems and window frame trim, is locating manufacturing operations in Baldwyn .  The project is a $22.5 million corporate investment and will create up to 400 jobs over six years. Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems is locating its manufacturing plant in the Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Complex in Lee County. The family-owned company with more than 90 years of history has established itself as a specialist in high-quality automotive interior products. It offers a wide range  of products  from a single source , including  innovative ventilation systems and sophisticated decorative trim ,  highly integrated trim and add-on parts, intelligent storage systems and center consoles,  and  mechatronic and electronic components for the automotive and non-automotive sectors. Its large customer base includes well-known automotive manuf

Ilex Organics Starting Operations in Clarksdale

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JACKSON (Courtesy: Mississippi Development Authority)  – Ilex Organics, supplier of Yaupon tea and Mississippi-grown catfish fillets, is locating operations in Clarksdale. The project is a $2.612 million corporate investment and will create 60 jobs. Started in 2020 by entrepreneur and Mississippi native Oliver Luckett, Ilex will sell a variety of flavors of Yaupon tea, which will be produced and bagged in Clarksdale, as well as Mississippi-grown catfish fillets, which will be labeled and distributed in Clarksdale. Coahoma County is leasing Ilex a 38,000-square-foot facility located in the Leonard Pharr Industrial Park. Luckett partnered with Florida-based Yaupon Brothers, which pioneered the cultivation and processing of Yaupon plants for consumer tea products. Yaupon Brothers currently is one of the largest farmers of Yaupon trees in the U.S. Ilex also is partnering with Mississippi catfish producers with the intention of purchasing premium catfish fillets and labeling and distributin

Member Appreciation Month: Celebrating Tronox's 50 Years of Membership

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  Today's Member Appreciation Month post focuses on Tronox, a titanium dioxide and inorganic chemical producer in Hamilton. We are celebrating Tronox's 50th anniversary with MMA. We appreciate the dedication of this global corporation to our organization and to Mississippi!

Member Appreciation Month: Celebrating International Paper's 60 Years of Membership

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Today begins our Member Appreciation Month. Each weekday over the next few weeks, we will highlight members who are celebrating milestone anniversary years of membership with MMA. The first member we are recognizing is recognizing International Paper . International Paper has been an MMA member for 60 years and is a vital part of the state's economy. Thank you for your dedication to MMA and all you do for Mississippi!

MMA Welcomes Seven New Members in October, Three in September

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Welcome to our new members! October -Hy Stor Energy -Jones Logistics -Lobaki, Inc. -Martin, Inc.  -Pinnacle Printing and Copying -Volvo Group Trucks Operations -Westlake Chemical September - American Services, LLC - Benetch, Inc. - Generation Green Recycling To see the benefits of joining MMA, click the link below. https://mma-web.org/membership/