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Philips confirms 49 ‘temporary’ layoffs at Tupelo plant

Philips Lighting today confirmed it had laid off some workers at its Tupelo plant, but said there’s no reason for alarm. “We did announce 49 temporary layoffs of hourly workers,” said Sylvie Casanova, a spokeswoman for Philips North America. Casanova said it’s a seasonal, cyclical move tied to the usual slowdown in construction across the country […]

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Posted in Business news, Community Development Foundation, Economic development, Employment and jobs, International, Manufacturing, Mississippi Development Authority, National, Northeast Mississippi, Tupelo, Unemployment1 Comment

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BlueFire Renewables could get $270M to build Fulton plant

BlueFire Renewables could get as much as $270 million from China’s Export Import Bank to finish building its cellulosic-ethanol plant in Fulton.  That project was first announced in 2009. The company said the $300 million plant would eventually employ 70-80 people and produce up to 19 million gallons of ethanol from green and wood wastes. Site […]

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Tupelo mayor, CDF leaders joining delegation to Japan

Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton and members of the Community Development Foundation will join Gov. Phil Bryant and Yates Construction President and CEO William Yates III as part of a delegation of economic development professionals and business leaders to Tokyo, Japan for the 37th Annual Joint Meeting of the Southeast U.S./Japan and the Japan – U.S. Southeast Associations, or […]

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UPDATE: Mugshots to open in Tupelo in spring 2015

UPDATE 8.20.14: Mugshots will open next spring, the company said. ———– ORIGINAL POST: The long-awaited Mugshots Grill and Bar is going to be built in Tupelo. A groundbreaking is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. at the corner of Monagahn and East Main Street in the Fairpark District. We don’t have the full details yet, […]

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Posted in Business news, Community Development Foundation, Downtown Tupelo, Fairpark District, Food & Dining, New business, New restaurants, Northeast Mississippi, Tupelo0 Comments

Iain Logan, senior vice president for Philips, who is second from left, and Philips Tupelo plant manager Amar Yeddula receivesa token of appreciation from CDF President and CEO David Rumbarger in August after the company's expansion announcement.

Philips Lighting adding 50 jobs with $2M expansion

One of the oldest companies in Tupelo is expanding and adding employees. Philips Lighting announced a $2 million project today that will bring at least 50 jobs to the facility. The project also helps retain the 350 now employed there. Philips is creating a major manufacturing hub at its 550,000-square foot Tupelo facility, which opened in 1947 […]

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Challenge Automation marks $800K expansion in Tupelo

Challenge Automation in Tupelo has moved into a new building that nearly doubles its former space, and the $800,000 investment has added 6-10 jobs in the process. The company now employs 23. Challenge Automation, which custom designs and engineers automated equipment, was formed in 2009 and formerly operated from a leased 7,300-square-foot building on McCullough Boulevard. “We started with six […]

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Renasant Center to get ultra-high speed Internet service

From the Community Development Foundation: Tenants of the Renasant Center for IDEAs (RCFI) will soon have access to enterprise grade high-speed broadband Internet service provided by C Spire Business Solutions. Through its partnership with C Spire, the business incubator will increase its current Internet access speeds to 100 Mbps (Megabits per second) as well as […]

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