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Made in Mississippi: Stringer Industries

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  Made in Mississippi: Stringer Industries was started in 1964 and is based in Tylertown, MS. Stringer manufacturers equipment for sawmills, including waste wood hogs, grinders, and waste wood chippers. This family-owned and operated business is run by company president, Tony Stringer, and his son, Taylor Stringer, who is the Business Development Manager.

MMA Scholarship Spotlight - Preston McWilliams of Ole MIss is Using His General Engineering Major to Jumpstart a Transition to Med School

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  I f there’s anything you can take away from talking to Ole Miss junior Preston McWilliams, it’s the fact that he loves Ole Miss. However, if you showed him that sentence five years ago, he may not have believed he said those words and actually meant them. You see, his two older sisters went to Ole Miss, and McWilliams attended games in Oxford through middle school and high school. All the time he spent there on game days made him feel like there was nothing else for him to experience at the university. However, as he started narrowing down his college choices, Ole Miss started looking like the best fit. “Those are programs I felt were more impressive than anywhere else that I looked. And honestly, I almost assumed they would be less impressive because they were so familiar to me.” After a campus tour during his senior year at Jackson Academy, McWilliams realized the familiarity he had with the school had nothing to do with what his college experience would be like. “I had never been

MMA Member Kevin Charles Fine Upholstery Announces Expansion in New Albany

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JACKSON (Courtesy: Mississippi Development Authority)   – Kevin Charles Fine Upholstery is expanding in New Albany. The project is a $6.571 million corporate investment and will create 75 jobs. This expansion marks the company’s second in New Albany in three years. Kevin Charles Fine Upholstery produces high-quality furniture that is hand-assembled at its 125,000 square-foot facility in New Albany. The company produces the Kevin Charles brand of furniture for City Furniture, a South Florida-based retailer founded by Kevin & Keith Koenig, allowing City Furniture the flexibility to respond quickly to its customers’ needs. The expansion will allow the company to meet an increase in consumer demand. The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for infrastructure improvements. The city of New Albany and Union County also are assisting with the project. Kevin Charles currently employs 122 workers in New Albany. The company plans to fill the 75 new jobs within four years.

Supreme Court Rules Against Biden's Vaccine Mandate for Private Businesses

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  In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court stopped the Biden administration's vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses with over 100 employees today, saying that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exceeded its authority. "The Secretary (of Labor) has ordered 84 million Americans to either obtain a COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly medical testing at their own expense," the majority said in an unsigned opinion. "This is no everyday exercise of federal power. It is instead a significant encroachment into the lives - and health - of a vast number of employees." The majority also wrote that while Congress has " given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly." "Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category," said the ma

U.S. Supreme Court to Review COVID Vaccine Mandates Friday

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The Supreme Court says it will hold a special session Friday, January 7 to discuss challenges to two Biden administration requirements for COVID vaccines. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled 2-1 last month that the vaccine requirement and testing regimen for workers at larger companies could take effect. The requirement could impact some 84 million Americans. The Supreme Court will also hear arguments over a rule published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid that applies to a wide range of health care workers that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid funding. 

Halter Marine Awarded $555.2 Million for Second Polar Security Cutter

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COURTESY: (MARINELOG.COM) -  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., has awarded MMA member VT Halter Marine Inc. a $552,654,757 fixed-price incentive modification to previously awarded contract N00024-16-C-2210. The modification exercises an option for the detail design and construction of the second  Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter. Halter Marine says that initial efforts under this option will target the purchase of long lead-time materials, specifically the generator sets, necessary to support production while ensuring commonality across the first two PSCs. The PSC program is a multiple year Department of Homeland Security Level 1 investment and a USCG major system initiative to acquire up to three multi-mission PSCs to recapitalize the USCG’s fleet of Polar Security Cutters. The Polar Security Cutter will fill a current, definitive need for the Coast Guard statutory mission, of Polar Icebreaking, and meet other mission needs in the higher latitudes vital to the economic

December 2021 New Member Welcome: Alpha Industrial Services

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Welcome to our newest member, Alpha Industrial Services . We are glad to have you! To see the benefits of joining MMA, click the link below. https://mma-web.org/membership/