Acco Brands adding 162 jobs with call center in Booneville

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As mentioned last week, Acco Brands is expanding its plant in Booneville. The official announcement was made today, and it’s great news  162 new jobs with the addition of a call center.

Press release from Gov. Phil Bryant’s office and the Mississippi Development Authority: ACCO

Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from office products supplier ACCO Brands announced today the company is adding call center operations at its location in Booneville, Miss. The project represents a corporate investment of $1.6 million and will create 162 full-time jobs.

ACCO Brands last expanded its operations in Booneville in 2008. That project was a $55 million corporate investment that created 300 jobs.

“ACCO Brands is a great corporate citizen in Mississippi, which is demonstrated by the addition of these new call center operations and the jobs being created. With this announcement, we have reached a milestone of announcing the creation of more than 10,000 new jobs since January 2012,” Gov. Bryant said. “I thank the company for once again investing in our state and placing its confidence in our business climate and trust in our quality workforce. I wish the company many more years of success in Prentiss County.”

“We value our partnership with the state of Mississippi and continue to expand our Booneville facility because of the business-friendly environment that the state provides,” said Mark Gams, senior vice president, U.S. Operations, ACCO Brands.  “Since the opening of our state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facility in 2008, we have moved a variety of manufacturing and customer care positions into Booneville from China, Canada and other U.S. locations.  We are always looking for opportunities to take advantage of the well-trained and well-educated workforce defining Mississippi as a business destination.”

The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project for building upgrades. The Tennessee Valley Authority provided assistance for the project, as well.

“We are grateful to ACCO Brands for selecting its north Mississippi location as the home of these new operations. Job creation remains a top priority for MDA and the state, and we thank the ACCO team for providing so many job opportunities for the residents of Booneville and Prentiss County,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “We thank our partners at TVA, the Prentiss County Development Association, Prentiss County and the City of Booneville for helping make this expansion possible.”

 ACCO Brands Corporation is one of the largest suppliers of branded office products, including brands such as At-A-Glance, DAY-TIMER, Five Star, GBC, Hilroy, Kensington and Swingline. ACCO Brands markets its products in more than 100 countries through its sales and distribution networks and has more than 6,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.accobrands.com.

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Written by Dennis Seid

April 22, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Tupelo’s Wine Downtown Thursday, tickets near sellout

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The fifth annual Wine Downtown in Tupelo is Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.mWineDowntown-2C

This year, 17 businesses are participating, a record.

And if you haven’t gotten your tickets, you might want to hurry. Only 300 tickets are available, and they’re going fast.

The price is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event.

Appetizers made by local restaurants will be paired with the wine at each location.

You can get your ticket(s) at the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association office at 108 S. Broadway, or reserve with a credit card by calling (662) 841-6598.

Needless to say, you must be 21 or older, and you must have a valid ID.

Tickets can be redeemed at Trustmark Bank, which is the sponsor of the event.

The participants this year are: About the South, Caron Gallery, Farmhouse, Gumtree Gif Shop, His Hers, Kirksey Brothers, MLM, Mississippi Hills Heritage, Northwestern Mutual, Reed’s Ladies’, Rumor Chanin, Serendipity Too, Shanti Yoga, Spring Street Cigars, Swirlz, The Main Attraction and Voe’s.

 

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April 22, 2014 at 10:55 am

Tupelo Food Truck-Apalooza set for May 2

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There’s Food Truck Fridays in Tupelo, but on May 2, it’s a little more amped up.

Illustration courtesy of Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Illustration courtesy of Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau is having Food Truck-Apalooza at its office on Main Street that day from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In addition to the three food trucks now on the streets in Tupelo – Local Mobile, Two Dudes Mexican Foods and Memphis Style BBQ on Wheels, there are a few more that the CVB is talking to but has not confirmed.

We’ll update you when we hear.

Food Truck-Apalooza also will cap off the next Tupelo Foodie Challenge, which starts Monday, April 28. Click here for our previous story on what that Tupelo Foodie Challenge is all about.

Tupelo participating in TVA Sustainable Communities Program

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Tupelo has been accepted to participate in the Valley Sustainable Communities Program. This program, now in its second year, is sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and managed by Boyette Strategic Advisors (BSA). TVA logo

The Valley Sustainable Communities Program was initiated by TVA Economic Development in 2013 as part of its community preparedness offerings. Sustainability has become a key issue for economic development organizations and communities as more corporations have demonstrated an increasing commitment to sustainability. In addition, more than 90 percent of corporate real estate Tupelo city logoexecutives who responded to a CoreNet Global survey said that sustainability is a consideration in their company location decisions. The typical reasons for this corporate commitment are reduced operating costs for increased profitability and greater employee satisfaction.

The goal of the program is to increase the likelihood that communities will be viewed as progressive and competitive by companies planning to invest in new or expanded business locations. BSA and TVA staff will be administering the program and meeting in person with communities’ sustainability teams to help inventory, develop and implement sustainable initiatives and increase awareness of their sustainable assets.

The program recognizes communities at three levels – Silver, Gold and Platinum – based on the sustainability programs in place. While a wide variety of sustainable initiatives contribute to a community’s level of recognition, those programs directly related to business and industry support and economic development receive greater emphasis. In its first year, the Valley Sustainable Communities program recognized 13 communities throughout the Valley for their commitment to sustainability.

“Tupelo has already made a significant commitment to sustainability. This new program provides us with the opportunity to document, further develop and be recognized for our sustainable initiatives, which will help differentiate us in the tough competition for new corporate investment and job creation,” said Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton.

Written by Dennis Seid

April 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Bishop’s BBQ celebrating birthday with balloons, banana pudding

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Bishops-LogoBishop’s BBQ and Grill is celebrating its sixth birthday today.

The restaurant opened in Saltillo six years ago and has since added three more locations – one in Booneville and two in Tupelo.

“Four locations is quite an achievement and it took every person that works for Bishop’s BBQ to get us there,” the company said.

And all four restaurants are marking today’s occasion with balloons and banana pudding (sorry, but no free barbecue, folks)

Customers get FREE BANANA PUDDING from noon to 4 p.m.

“Since it’s homemade, we thought this would be more appropriate for us instead of the basic birthday cake!” the company said.

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April 21, 2014 at 7:28 am

Sources say Jimmy John’s has found a location in Tupelo

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jimmyjohnsLast year at this time, Biz Buzz let you know that Firehouse Subs and Jimmy John’s were looking for locations in Tupelo. 

Well, we knew then that Firehouse was eyeing the former Dixie Gas location on West Main Street, but we didn’t know how far along Jimmy John’s was in its search. (more…)

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April 18, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Japanese airline ANA retires last 747 in Tupelo

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) retired its last Boeing 747 on Thursday, with the pilots making a flyover at the Tupelo Regional Airport.

The 747 was officially retired from service on March 31 in Tokyo, carrying several hundred passengers. In recent days, it made its way to Anchorage, Alaska and finally to Tupelo. It landed around noon Thursday, then made its way to Universal Asset Management, which has retired 10 of ANA’s planes over the years. Three ANA 747s sit on UAM’s space at the airport, including a Pokemon 747 that landed last fall, joining ANA’s other retired Pokemon plane that was disassembled in 2012. (more…)

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April 17, 2014 at 11:54 pm