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In 2015, Mississippi Silicon fired its first furnace.   A $200 million investment that will create 200 jobs, the project is located on a 100 acre site on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in Burnsville, Mississippi, USA.

“Rima is proud to be joining forces with a high-profile group of investors, and we look forward to supporting our global network of silicon metal customers and especially our United States-based customers with this new facility. Rima considered many locations around the world for the new facility, and we greatly appreciate the support and enthusiasm shown by the citizens and government leaders in Mississippi.”

Ricardo Vicintin - CEO and President, Rima Industrial Brazil

Hoyt and Truman Peden study plans for the new hardware store.

Iuka Hardware is moving from the downtown location into a new building. The new building is 6,600 square feet and is located at Peden’s Prop Shop at 2080 Paul Edmondson Drive. The Peden family believes that the new location will be more convenient and the inventory will be expanded and additional services added. In addition to the usual array of electrical and plumbing supplies, paint, nuts and bolts, hand and power tools, Iuka Hardware will offer pipe threading and glass and screen cutting to order, including glass, Plexiglas, Lexan, and mirrors. Seeds will be arriving in the spring. Iuka hardware will continue the UPS drop off and pickup service. The new store is scheduled to open in April.  Iuka Hardware will be open from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday and 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday.  

Belmont Named as One of America’s Best,

Affordable Places to Raise Kids

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Bloomberg Businessweek has named Belmont runner up to Senatobia in the 2010 ratings of the “Best, Affordable Places to Raise Kids”. Belmont is the smallest community in population named to the rating.

Businessweek ranks communities based on low cost of living, good schools, a low crime rate, and median family income within 20% of the state median. Other important factors include low taxes, job growth, air quality, ethnic diversity, and access to cultural and recreational resources. 5,418 communi­ties were evaluated.

Belmont Mayor Buddy Wiltshire reported that “we are pleased and humbled that Belmont is receiving national recognition as a great place to raise children. We have known this all along but now our secret is out. Although this is great news for us, we must not slack in our efforts to improve community ap­pearance and community facilities and services, as well as creating more and better paying jobs for our citizens. We appreciate the hard work of our school leaders and teachers, aldermen, city staff, county supervisors, and local churches and businesses. We appreciate the support and encouragement of our citizens. Working together, we can make Belmont even better.”

Tishomingo County Board of Supervisors President James McDowell stated that “Belmont has always been a great place to raise a family. What makes Belmont so special are the people and families themselves. We pledge to continue to work closely with Belmont’s leadership to make it even better. Jobs are our number one priority. We want citizens to understand the challenge of creating new and better jobs in the context of the new global economy. Although it has been most difficult, we feel that our efforts over the past two years will begin to pay off in 2011.”

The Bloomberg Businessweek article can be found at http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/11/1117_best_places_to_raise_kids/1.htm

Tammy Craft, Public Relations

Ershigs, Inc. Expanding Operations in Iuka; Project to Create 52 New Jobs

Iuka, Miss. (November ??, 2010) – Officials from Ershigs, Inc., supplier of high-quality, engineered fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) products for the power, mining, chemical, pulp, paper and waste water industries, have announced the company is expanding its operations in Iuka, Miss., and will be constructing a new facility at the Tri-State Commerce Park. A $1.62 million company investment, the new building will house large diameter cylinders manufactured by the company until they are shipped out by barge.  The expansion will create 52 new jobs.

“Our location on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and the Tennessee River will give us a competitive edge in bidding on large diameter tanks,” said Richard Spears, Ershigs site manager. “We are able to ship very large components anywhere in the world by water. I thank MDA and Tishomingo County for their support of this project.”

MDA worked closely with company and local officials to help facilitate the project, providing funding to the county for public infrastructure improvements. Tishomingo County provided funding to assist with the project, as well.

“I commend Ershigs officials for choosing to expand their operations in Iuka and create new jobs for the residents of Tishomingo County. The expansion not only represents the company’s commitment to Mississippi and its workforce, it further reinforces that Mississippi is in a prime location and has an excellent transportation network in place to accommodate any company looking to improve speed to market by quickly shipping materials in and finished products out,” said Gray Swoope, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). “I am pleased we were able to provide assistance for this project, and we look forward to working with Ershigs again in the future.”

Tishomingo County Board of Supervisors President James McDowell stated that “the board of supervisors is excited about partnering with Ershigs to grow new jobs for the citizens of Tishomingo County.  The management of Ershigs has shown vision in their product line and the ability to deliver the goods.  We are proud to have Ershigs as a part of our industrial family and look forward to years of growth for Ershigs and Tishomingo County.”

The site work and foundation for the building have been completed and the advertisement for bids for erection of the building and installation of electrical, plumbing, and cranes is underway.   Dean McRae is the engineer on the project. Construction of the new facility is scheduled to be completed in January 2011.

Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ershigs designs, manufactures, fabricates and installs corrosion-resistant products made of FRP, including process and effluent piping, abrasion-resistant piping, storage and process vessels, stacks and chimney liners, duct systems and valves. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.ershigs.com.

About Mississippi Development Authority

Mississippi Development Authority is the State of Mississippi’s lead economic and community development agency. Nearly 300 employees are engaged in providing services to businesses, communities and workers in the state. While the agency is best known for its efforts to recruit new businesses to Mississippi, the Authority provides services to promote tourism, help communities improve their quality of place, help existing employers identify and meet opportunities and challenges and help workers improve their skills – all with the goal of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of Mississippians. For more information, visit MDA’s website at www.mississippi.org.