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Lower Mississippi Basin


By Aimee Andres | March 10, 2018 |

Paducah, KY – Located at the confluence of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, the Ohio River and the Cumberland River and just upstream from the Mississippi, the City of Paducah enjoys a long history as an important hub in America’s inland waterways network. As Executive Director of the Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority, Bill Miller is working to preserve that legacy and make the Riverport a key driver for economic growth in the region. On taking over the position in June of 2015, Miller’s first priority was to upgrade the port’s infrastructure. “Our 20 year old lattice boom crane was past its useful…

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MO: White River Marine Group to Reopen Bolivar Boat Mfg Facility, Hire 130

By Aimee Andres | March 5, 2018 |

March 1, 2018: Trade & Industry Development (full link below) MO: White River Marine Group to Reopen Bolivar Boat Mfg Facility, Hire 130 White River Marine Group, the manufacturing arm of Bass Pro Shops, announced the reopening of its facility in Bolivar, Missouri in response to strong customer demand and an expanding market for its award-winning family of boat brands. The largest boat manufacturer in the world by volume, White River Marine Group is ramping up production as it continues to grow. “We are very excited to renew operations in Bolivar and expand our manufacturing capabilities, a positive signal of…

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Office of Governor Eric Greitens of Missouri

By Aimee Andres | March 4, 2018 |

March 1, 2018: Office of Governor Eric Greitens of Missouri Governor Greitens Announces Rural Growth Plan Governor Eric Greitens outlined his plan to use newly available funds to bring more jobs and opportunity to rural Missouri. The package focuses on rural broadband, clean water initiatives, and infrastructure improvements to ports. Statement from Governor Greitens: “Missouri’s rural communities have been ignored for too long. I’m proud to put forward this rural growth plan, because I believe Missourians in rural towns across the state need us to invest in and fight for them.” Ports: Missouri’s waterways allow businesses to move cargo, particularly…

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New steel processing plant to be built in Mississippi County

By Aimee Andres | February 16, 2018 |

New steel processing plant to be built in Mississippi County MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – Union Partners announced plans Thursday to build a new steel processing facility on the Osceola campus of Big River Steel. A formal groundbreaking is expected in the first quarter of 2018. In a press release issued to Region 8 News, Union Partners plan to install the latest innovations in technology and processes to enable real-time collaboration between their new operations and Big River Steel. The new plant is expected to be located directly adjacent to Big River’s Flex Mill™. The release states the plant will…

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PacTec opens Baton Rouge manufacturing facility

By Aimee Andres | January 20, 2018 |

January 17, 2019: Greater Baton Rouge Business Report (full link below) PacTec opens Baton Rouge manufacturing facility PacTec Inc., a Clinton-based firm that designs and manufactures packaging for the waste and transportation industry, has expanded to Baton Rouge with the opening of a manufacturing facility on O’Neal Lane near Interstate 12. The facility will fabricate the company’s entire line of dewatering filters and auxiliary items for spill containment and is critical to the company’s growing inventory needs, PacTec says in a news release. “The expansion of our manufacturing capabilities into Baton Rouge is a critical milestone offering many benefits, including…

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