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Jack Weatherly An auto parts maker, hago Automotive Corp., will open a $10 million plant in Tishomingo County and hire 80 workers, the company announced Friday. The company  says it is expecting to begin operations by mid-2016. Gov. Phil Bryant said in a news release that “Mississippi’s automotive industry is a major economic driver for our state, and hago’s decision …

State business and economic development leaders are optimistic that the sluggish economic recovery from the 2008 recession will kick into high gear in 2015. At 7.6 percent, Mississippi had the second highest unemployment rate in the country in November. But that is a significant improvement from rates of more than 10 percent in 2011, and …

SENATOBIA — Snack food manufacturer Calbee North America will set up a factory in a former BMW warehouse in Senatobia. Officials say the company will invest $51.1 million and will create 254 jobs over the next five years, with 67 to be hired in the first year. Workers will make more than $40,000 a year, …

SENATOBIA — Folks in Tate County are hoping more car shoppers choose “Beemers.” Last month, Bavarian Motor Works, also doing business as BMW of North America Inc., broke ground on a $12-million, 200,000-square-feet warehouse and distribution center located on 20 acres in the Senatobia Industrial Park. “We look at the BMW project as the start …