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Hyde-Smith Announces $1.2 Million Grant to Support Manufacturing in Mississippi

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today announced a $1.2 million Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) grant for a Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) program to improve the competitiveness of the state’s manufacturing sector. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) grant, totaling $1,218,682, will support ongoing work by the  MEP Center for Mississippi , an MMA-led initiative to benefit manufacturing operations in Mississippi through collaboration with community college and university-based programs. “Manufacturing continues to grow as an economic power in Mississippi.  This grant continues federal support for a Mississippi Manufacturing Association program focused on ensuring small and medium-sized companies and the workforce in Mississippi are able to meet changing market demands,” said Hyde-Smith, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. MMA will use the NIST funding to continue working primarily with small and mediu

Top Eight Products Announced in Mississippi Makers' Challenge

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JACKSON   – After more than 48,000 votes in the Round of 16 of the Mississippi Makers’ Challenge Sponsored by Hancock Whitney, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association announced the products moving on to this week’s Round of 8. Bracket Pod #1 Legendary Lighting’s Atlas Gas Lantern (Flowood) vs. Cherokee Manufacturing’s Safety Demonstration Trailer (Byhalia) Bracket Pod #2 Naked Truth Bag from McNeely Plastics (Clinton) vs. Kevin Charles Furniture Edgewater Sectional (New Albany) Bracket Pod #3 Taylor TM1000 (Clinton) vs. LCI 5-Gallon Water Can (Hazlehurst) Bracket Pod #4 Jones Bones Dog Treats (Ellisville) vs. The TWISTER Fence Tool ® & The BANTAM Fence Tool ® (Forkville) Over 26,000 votes in the Round of 16 were cast in the final 30 hours of voting. To view the contest bracket, click  here . “The participation we saw during the Round of 16 was incredible,” said MMA President & CEO John McKay. “We hope we can engage even more Mississippians to vote in the Round of 8 as we cont

Made in Mississippi: Shuqualak Lumber Company

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Made in Mississippi is a video series that highlights the products made in Mississippi while personalizing those who work in one of the biggest industries in the state. Our latest video features Shuqualak Lumber Company in Shuqualak. Shuqualak was founded in 1948 and is owned by second, third, and fourth-generation members of the Thomas family. The company produces about 160 million board feet of southern yellow pine per year, and most of its lumber is used by the construction industry.

Top 16 Products Announced for Mississippi Makers’ Challenge Sponsored by Hancock Whitney

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JACKSON – After 88 product submissions and nearly 13,000 votes in the Initial Voting Round, the top 16 vote-getters were announced for the bracket portion of the inaugural Mississippi Makers’ Challenge Sponsored by Hancock Whitney. Click  here  to view the full bracket. The matchups in the Round of 16 are listed below.   Bracket Pod #1 Stringer Industries 80″ Wood Chipper vs. Legendary Lighting’s Atlas Gas Lantern Cherokee Manufacturing Safety Demonstration Trailer vs. 2022 All-New Nissan Frontier   Bracket Pod #2 Toyota Corolla vs. Naked Truth Bag from McNeely Plastics Caterpillar C175 Refurbished Engine vs. Kevin Charles Furniture Edgemark Sectional   Bracket Pod #3 Taylor TM1000 vs. Peace Love Paint Designs’ Mississippi Home Sweet Home Door Decor LCI 5-Gallon Water Can vs. Blue Delta Jeans   Bracket Pod #4 Jones Bones Dog Treats vs. Cleatco Avid 20 XB Aluminum Bass Boat with Mossy Oak Gamekeeper Camo vs. The TWISTER Fence Tool ® & The BANTAM Fence Tool ® “We were thrilled to se

Mississippi Passes Law to Support Advanced Recycling

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (American Chemistry Council) — On Friday,  March 11, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed H.B. 1135 into law, helping to increase plastics recycling and create new economic opportunities in the state. The law was passed unanimously in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, making Mississippi the 16th state to enact legislation that appropriately regulates advanced plastics recycling technologies as manufacturing operations, not solid waste disposal. “Mississippi joins a growing group of states that have passed legislation to encourage the rapid growth of advanced plastics recycling,” said Joshua Baca, vice president of plastics at the American Chemistry Council (ACC). “Republicans and Democrats alike are recognizing the multiple benefits advanced recycling can bring to their states: more plastics recycled, new manufacturing jobs, and reduced dependence on fossil raw materials. We’re delighted to see growing bipartisan action helping to create a circular

Leadership I and II Recap

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We had a great turnout for the Leadership I and II classes taught by Jimmy Richardson last week at the  Viking Range, LLC   Training Center in Greenwood. Thank you to Dr. Jimmy Richardson for leading this course and to Viking for being such a great host! We hope are our attendees become better leaders because of it! We plan on offering Leadership III in the near future.

MMA Scholarship Spotlight: Bayleigh Graves of Southern Miss

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  Bayleigh Graves didn’t waste any time joining a roller derby team in Columbus after meeting the minimum age requirement of 18. “My birthday was on a Tuesday, practice was that Thursday, and I was like, I’m good to go. I’m going,” Graves said. “It’s coming up on three years now since I’ve started.” Graves, who is currently a junior polymer science and engineering major at Southern Miss, is also on a team in Hattiesburg. “A friend of mine introduced me to the sport a few years ago. I just thought it was the coolest thing that it was a female majority sport and I thought it would be a good challenge for myself,” said Graves. “I think the last time I played a sport was when I was about six, so it had been a while. The physicality wasn’t too difficult to get used to. I know after my first practice I was covered in so many bruises from falling that my mom tried to convince me to do something else.” Her mother's efforts were to no avail, but it's not like Graves wasn't involved

MMA President & CEO John McKay Joined SuperTalk's MidDays with Gerard Gibert

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MMA President & CEO John McKay joined SuperTalk's MidDays with Gerard Gibert yesterday to discuss the Nissan expansion, the legislative session, and the Mississippi Makers' Challenge Sponsored by Hancock Whitney . To watch the interview, click the link above. Also, to nominate your favorite product, go to msmakershcallenge.com !