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EMCC Honors PACCAR, Yokohama, Baptist at Industry Luncheon

emcc-logoEast Mississippi Community College held its Industry Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday at the Golden Triangle campus. They chose to honor businesses that have invested countless hours – and dollars – to help improve the Golden Triangle and make it a force to be reckoned with on a national scale.


PACCAR and Yokohama both received the Director’s Award, the event’s highest honor.

Also honored was Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle, which was granted the Best Practices Award, and Special Recognition Awards for developer Mark Castleberry and Lt. Col. Richard T. “Sonic” Johnson (retired).

EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner Jr. proudly told the assembled that “We are proud to serve the people of this region. When your people, our people, take what they have learned in these four walls and they make a better product, provide a better service, earn a higher wage, send the next generation to college, change the trajectory of their families, we are all better.”

PACCAR received the Director’s Award for “the highest level of recognition through workforce training, demonstrating management excellence with superior outcomes, continuing to improve and build upon outstanding results and excellent systems and deploying world-class processes.”

Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi, which took the Director’s Award last year, accomplished a repeat performance this year for “the highest level of recognition through workforce training, demonstrating management excellence with superior outcomes, continuing to improve and build upon outstanding results and excellent systems and deploying world-class processes.”

Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle earned the Best Practices Award for “providing outstanding examples of workforce training, quality management and business practices that serve as models for others.”

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Aurora Wins Major DARPA Contract for VTOL Drone Aircraft

lightningstrikeAurora Flight Services recently announced that they have beat out several high-end competitors – including Boeing – for am $89 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract. They will be designing and constructing a VTOL drone, which could also be modified to accommodate a pilot, for future use in the military.


Aurora reports that they have been working on a design for such a craft for about two years now, and that they will be able to go ahead and create the actual “LightningStrike” plane, as it has been dubbed, in anticipation of a 2018 test flight series. It is hoped that the whole process will help to bring a number of additional jobs to this area. Aurora has roughly twenty years of experience creating VTOL aircraft, so the project is in good hands.


“Aurora is proud to support DARPA on what we all hope to be a truly historic breakthrough in aviation technology,” Aurora chairman and CEO John Langford said in a statement. “If successful, the VTOL X-Plane’s radically improved flight capabilities could lead to revolutionary advancement of the U.S. military’s future missions capabilities.”
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Winston Plywood Wins Major Award and Brings Jobs

winston plywoodLOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) —

Winston Plywood and Veneer in Louisville has been awarded the 2016 Corporate Investment and Community Impact Award. They were one of fifteen companies selected for this honor nationwide. After their plywood mill was destroyed by a tornado in April 2014, they got right back on their feet and gathered $50 million in funds to rebuild the plant; it is expected to provide 400 local jobs.

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Franklin Furniture Institute’s Annual Summit at MSU

msu-ffi logoSTARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) —

Representatives from manufacturing businesses statewide have been attending the the Franklin Furniture Institute’s annual Manufacturing Summit, and this year was no exception.  The event took place recently at the MSU campus. The subject matter for this year included things such as security and defense from cyber attacks. Roughly one hundred attendees were present, including engineering scholars from MSU.

“Today, 19,286 men and women have great careers in furniture industry, manufacturing furniture, in Mississippi and that number has grown recently,” Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough said. “Payroll from the furniture industry is approaching half a billion dollars a year. It’s a very important part of our economy.”

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“Basically, you declined because you were successful.”

Columbus Remains In Top 10% Of Economic Strength

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Nammo Talley Ammo Has Lowndes In Its Sights

Nammo Talley Ammo Has Lowndes In Its Sights

Jackson, Mississippi — March 8, 2016

LogoNammo154pxNammo Talley munitions manufacturer announced today that they have been awarded a five-year, $97.2 million contract which will create 12 new jobs in Crawford, Mississippi, for the production of ammunition for the Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon system. Their local facility was designed for the assembly and storage of SMAW munitions and similar products. This contract will allow for the re-opening of the facility, which was temporarily closed down in 2014.

“This is a huge win for our program team and for our operation in Mississippi,” said Jim Mullis, general manager of Nammo Talley’s Mississippi operations. “We have received outstanding support from the Mississippi Development Authority, Golden Triangle Development LINK, East Mississippi Community College Workforce Training and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security in re-establishing our operations here.”

For more information about Nammo Talley, visit

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HottyToddy’s Scott Coopwood on MDA’s Glenn McCullough

Excerpts: Scott Coopwood on MDA’s Glenn McCullough

Governor Phil Bryant’s team has a special department dedicated to bringing manufacturing concerns to Mississippi as well as helping our existing industries expand. It is called the Mississippi Development Authority, also known as “MDA.”'s Scott Coopwood’s Scott Coopwood

From recent conversations with friends I have had over the last month or so, I’m amazed to discover they are not aware of this agency of they have never even heard of it. However, this department is vitally important to the state and it has been in business for decades, although the name has been changed a few times. The Mississippi Development Authority and that team who provided the heavy lifting, who actually wrote the plans and proposals that helped Toyota and Nissan make the decision to put plants here.

Glenn McCullough is the current head of the Mississippi Development Authority based in Jackson across from the Capitol.

McCullough’s long career is significant … McCullough’s leadership in northeast Mississippi is huge and in the coming years, the state will benefit greatly from his long career and current efforts. Simply put, the state of Mississippi could use more economic developers like Glenn McCullough.

To learn more about the Mississippi Development Authority, visit

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50 Jobs Heading To Golden Triangle

50 Jobs Heading To Golden Triangle

Jackson, Miss.  —

sleepmade logoThe Golden Triangle area is home to all sorts of manufacturing companies that bring new jobs to our area, and another one is on its way! Officials from Sleepmade, manufacturer of advanced sleep products, announced on Wednesday morning that the company will be investing $1.415 million in our economy, and creating 50 jobs by locating manufacturing and distribution operations in Lowndes County. Our region is already a powerhouse, and this is just one more notch in our belt, proving that we have what it takes to compete on the national scene. And that’s Good for Business.

“I am glad to welcome Sleepmade as the newest business partner to the state of Mississippi and appreciate the company for creating new job opportunities for the residents of Lowndes County and the surrounding areas,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “‘Made in Mississippi’ is a stamp of quality around the world. I know the productivity of the Golden Triangle region’s workforce will help ensure Sleepmade enjoys many years of success in our state.”

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Railways Keep Major Industry Chugging Along in the GTR

Railways Keep Major Industry Chugging Along in the GTR

COLUMBUS, Miss. (Courtesy of WCBI) –wcbi rail story

While some large businesses in the Golden Triangle have elected not to use rail to aid in transporting raw materials and finished goods, others, such as Weyerhauser and Yokohama, embrace it. Rail transport has been reported to be one of the major factors in granting a competitive advantage when it comes to landing large business contracts; it also provides an economical means of transport that is not dependent upon road or river conditions in order to function properly. Yokohama spent about $7 million to bring a railroad spur out to their West Point facility, where it is an indispensable part of their process.

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American Futures: Manufacturing Returns to Columbus, Mississippi

American Futures: Manufacturing Returns to Columbus, Mississippi


The Golden Triangle Development LINK is such a vital organization to our area. The premier economic development agency in the South, the LINK has brought nearly 5 billion dollars in business to the Golden Triangle in just over ten years. When big business does good, so does small business. Columbus, Starkville and West Point are lucky to have the best team in Mississippi working for us. Companies such as Steel Dynamics credit the GTR LINK with facilitating the complex process of incorporating in the area and running a business here. Locals who have found work at these newly-arrived major companies thank area schools such as EMCC for providing them with the skills needed to succeed and thrive there.

American Futures brings us a documentary about the rebirth of Colu,bus

American Futures brings us a documentary about the rebirth of Columbus

Here’s a piece the Atlantic did on the LINK recently, including a mini-documentary about the amazing revitalization of Columbus as a manufacturing nexus in the South:

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