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Gifts and Accessories Show at furniture market adds fundraisers

The fall Tupelo Furniture Market gets underway Thursday and ends Sunday, and for the fifth year, the concurrent Furniture, Gift & Home Accessories Show will take place. The furniture market trade show is open to registered retail buyers only in Buildings II-VI, but the FGHAS is open to the public in Building I. The Furniture, Gift […]

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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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State manufacturing group hosting reception at Tupelo Furniture Market

The MMA – the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, not mixed martial arts – will host a reception for furniture industry manufacturers and suppliers prior to the official start of the fall Tupelo Furniture Market in a couple of weeks. Here’s a press release describing the event: The Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) recently confirmed that it will […]

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Severstal Columbus plant part of $2.3 billion sale

From the Associated Press: Russian steel company Severstal is exiting the U.S. market, selling a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for about $2.33 billion. Word of a possible sale began to circulate earlier this year as the West threatened sanctions against Russia for its activity in the Ukraine, but Severstal […]

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Meetings this week focus on bringing jobs back to Mississippi

The Mississippi Make It In America (MMIIA) team is hosting a FREE Reshoring Opportunities Workshop on Wednesday and Thursday at the Itawamba Community College Belden Center in Tupelo. The Reshoring Opportunities Workshop will focus on creating jobs in Mississippi through reshoring, which is the process of bringing jobs back to Mississippi that have been previously offshored to other […]

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Tupelo Furniture Market says hotel rooms filling up fast for fall show

The Tupelo Furniture Market says hotel rooms are filling up fast for the fall market Aug. 14-17.  Officials said more than 8,000 furniture retailers have pre-registered for the show, and almost all of the exhibition space has been sold as well. Tupelo had some 2,000 hotel rooms before the April 28 tornado, but two hotels […]

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