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Southern Miss, Boeing strengthen partnership with new master agreement

The University of Southern Mississippi has fortified its long-term relationship with The Boeing Company by signing a new master agreement to serve as the technology incubator of next generation composite material systems. U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran joined Gov. Phil Bryant in making the announcement that Southern Miss and Mississippi State University had been selected by Boeing to ...

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Dean: USM College of Nursing needs to move into new building

Katherine Nugent, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi, says there are 1,450 reasons why the college needs to move into its as yet unfinished new home in Asbury Hall. She says that’s how many students are currently crammed into Harkins Hall, which was built around 1975. Nugent says those cramped quarters lead to several ...

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Hattiesburg bank earnings rise to $1.9 million

Hattiesburg-based First Bancshares Inc. announced on Thursday that its net earnings for the first quarter were $1.9 million, or 36 cents per share, compared with $1.3 million, or 25 cents for the corresponding quarter in 2014. Assets grew by 4.8 percent to reach $1.1 billion as of March 31. Loans stood at $716 million, up $11.8 million in the quarter. ...

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New student health center opens at Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG — A state-of-the-art health center offering easy access for students has opened at the University of Southern Mississippi. The Hattiesburg American reports the Moffitt Health Center opened its doors Monday, and it soon had students asking for services. The center is located on the first floor of Scott Hall, which is part of the Century Park South residential complex.

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Houston busisnessman buys Hattiesburg, Laurel Captain D’s

Houston businessman Michael Knobelock is purchasing Captain D’scorporate restaurants in Hattiesburg and Laurel as part of a deal that will include the multi-franchise owner building four new restaurants in Houston. Knobelock owns 47 Church’s Chickens, 21 Little Caesars units, three Sears Appliance and Hardware stores and a couple of independent restaurant concepts. The move by Captain D’s is part of its ...

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Keeping our eye on … Laurel Donahoo

Madison native Laurel Donahoo says her career as a designer started as a hobby and way to make a little extra cash in college without having to wait tables. The Mississippi State University communications major with the packs of hand-painted note cards has since grown into a small business CEO eager to grow her customer base from Biloxi to Booneville ...

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Laurel Machine & Foundry grows by diversifying

Laurel Machine & Foundry Co. began operation in 1904 as a metal parts manufacturer and supplier for the Lindsey eight-wheel wagon factory. Today its biggest customer in Mississippi is the maker of enormous fork trucks. LMF, which will observe its 110th anniversary next year, has grown and prospered through the leadership of four generations of the Mulloy family. In 1911, ...

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Howard Industries — Laurel business has become a global leader

Howard Industries, one of Mississippi’s top 100 companies, is well on its way to becoming one of the country’s and world’s leading companies. Based in Laurel, the innovative powerhouse has grown from a manufacturer of single phase poles with 100 employees to a billion-dollar, multi-product company with more than 1,000 employees. The company was started in 1968 by Billy W. ...

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Wayne Farms expanding in Laurel, adding 150 jobs

LAUREL, Mississippi — Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Wayne Farms, producer of fresh and processed poultry, announced today the company is expanding its operations in Laurel. The expansion involves the addition of a new processing line and the renovation of the company’s existing facility. The project represents a company investment of $3 million and is creating 150 new jobs. “I ...

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Manufacturer coming to Purvis

Mississippi-based corporation Diamond G Trailers plan to open a new manufacturing facility in Lamar County is moving forward. Construction on a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility has already begun. The plant will produce aluminum, custom equestrian trailers for distribution throughout the U.S. Scott Graham, vice president of Diamond G Trailers, said, “There was a need to increase production to meet our customers’ ...

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