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Gov. Bryant keynotes MSU manufacturing summit

Gov. Bryant keynotes MSU manufacturing summit

When Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant spoke at Mississippi State University's 2015 Manufacturing Summit on Wednesday [March 18], he emphasized the Magnolia State is fostering a positive environment for manufacturers.

"We are competing with the fastest growing states in manufacturing," Bryant said. "We already have almost 40,000 working in the manufacturing industry, but what if we had 80,000? It's possible."

The state's manufac...

3/18/2015

MSU to hold annual Manufacturing Summit

With Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant offering the keynote address, manufacturing, logistics and transportation leaders will "Focus on the Future" at the fifth annual Manufacturing Summit.

The March 18 program, held by Mississippi State University and American Home Furnishings Alliance, will be held on campus at the Franklin Center, 8 a.m....

3/9/2015

Entrepreneurship program offered at Mississippi State

Beginning March 24, Mississippi State University experts will offer a course designed to help potential business owners plan for success.

The nine-week Kauffman FastTrac NewVenture program will be held Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the university's Franklin Furniture Institute.

The FastTrac NewVenture course, design...

2/24/2015

Chinese delegation coming to Tupelo furniture market

Mississippi furniture manufacturers will have an opportunity to meet with retailers and representatives of furniture associations from China at the Tupelo Furniture Spring 2015 Market according to coordinators at Mississippi State's Franklin Furniture Institute.

As China's demand for American-made upholstered furniture has increased, c...

1/23/2015

MSU wax research focused on sustainability

Mississippi State University scientists strive to establish sustainable best practices in the application of slack wax for the wood composites industry.

Slack wax is a waterproofing agent used in the production of composites, including particle board, oriented strand board, fiberboard and laminated strained lumber. The wax improves the...

12/19/2014

Fourth-graders enchanted by MSU's wood magic

Mississippi State University hosted approximately 4,000 children, teachers and visitors Oct. 6-10 at the annual MSU Wood Magic Science Fair.

"We had another successful fair," said Rubin Shmulsky, head of the MSU Department of Sustainable Bioproducts. "It was a fun-filled, busy week when children traveled from all over the4 state to learn...

12/12/2014

MSU professor emeritus receives lifetime merit award

A Mississippi State University professor emeritus recently received a national honor for his lifetime of service.

The Railway Tie Association, or RTA, executive committee gave Terry Amburgey, a Giles Distinguished Professor, the 2014 Award of Merit for his contribution to the industry. The award is given at the executive committee's di...

11/3/2014

MSU's wood magic fair enchants fourth graders

Wood is a major part of Americans' daily lives. In fact, wood consumption in the U.S. is five and a half pounds per person per day. This is just one of the fascinating facts fourth graders will discover about wood when they visit Mississippi State University's Wood Magic Science Fair.

MSU will host about 4,000 children, teachers and vi...

9/26/2014

MSU hosts a domestic manufacturing summit

Anticipating the return of manufacturing to the U.S., Mississippi State University's Franklin Furniture Institute is hosting the Mississippi Reshoring Summit on Sept. 24.

Higher labor costs in China and technological advances that aid in U.S. production are partly responsible for increasing domestic manufacturing. The summit will help ...

9/19/2014

Lieutenant Governor emphasizes importance of education

The Magnolia State can better encourage capital investment through improved education, low taxes and balanced budgets, said Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves at Mississippi State's Furniture Summit.

At the Wednesday [April 23] gathering, Reeves spent more than half his keynote speech emphasizing the importance of education at all levels: from kinder...

4/23/2014

Reeves to address 2014 manufacturing summit at MSU

Furniture-industry experts, as well as government officials, will examine "The Road Ahead" at Mississippi State University's 2014 Manufacturing Summit.

The fourth annual summit, to be held Wednesday [April 23], will feature Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves for the 11:15 a.m. keynote address. All activities will be held at MSU's Hassell H. Franklin...

4/15/2014

Manufacturing event scheduled for April 23

Industry leaders will gather at Mississippi State University on April 23 to discuss existing and potential issues related to manufacturing and how to capitalize on the state's current momentum.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Manufacturing Summit: The Road Ahead. The event will be held at the Franklin Furni...

3/12/2014

Retired MSU professor donates forestry papers

A retired Mississippi State University professor recently donated his professional archives to the Forest History Society Library in Durham, N.C.

Forest products professor emeritus Terry Sellers Jr. was invited to donate his collection of research, publications, patents and speeches to the nonprofit educational institution associated w...

2/10/2014

MSU unit changes name, emphasizes sustainability

A Mississippi State University department has been renamed to reflect the renewable, natural and sustainable resources used in the industry.

The MSU Department of Forest Products is now the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts.

Department head Rubin Shmulsky said that over the last few decades, the profession has grown and...

12/16/2013

MSU team places first in timber bridge competition

A Mississippi State student team holds top honors in a national design and construction challenge, thanks to the collaboration of two university colleges.

Civil engineering majors in the Bagley College of Engineering, with guidance from faculty in the College of Forest Resources, were overall winners of the recent 2013 American Society...

11/1/2013

MSU host thousands at Wood Magic event

About 4,000 fourth-graders, teachers and parents from across the state will be at Mississippi State University Oct. 14-18 for the annual Wood Magic Science Fair.

Activities and exhibits illustrating everything from papermaking to the strength of a toothpick-sized piece of wood are part of the annual event at the Forest Products Lab ...

10/11/2013

Georgia-Pacific touts MSU as top provider of new hires

A world leader in paper and building products manufacturing is praising Mississippi State as a top producer of the company's new employees.

Georgia-Pacific recently recognized the university as its No. 1 generator of total new hires from institutions of higher learning offering forest products concentrations.

A 135-year-old l...

10/1/2013

MSU and Regions Bank honor superior faculty

Mississippi State University's Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine recently honored five faculty members with the Regions Bank-DAFVM Superior Faculty Awards in a new program designed to highlight exemplary work in five key areas.

James Warnock, associate professor of biomedical engineering program in the College o...

8/16/2013

MSU doctoral graduate wins international award

A recent Mississippi State University doctoral graduate received a top award sponsored by the International Forest Products Society.

Qi Li accepted the Wood Award at the society's annual conference in Austin, Tex. for her research paper on the chemical composition of woody feedstock used in biofuel production.

Li's work at MS...

6/24/2013

Gov. Bryant visits MSU, outlines vision for manufacturing

Education and workforce development are the keys to growing furniture-manufacturing jobs in Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant told a Mississippi State audience Wednesday [March 27].

The state chief executive was featured speaker for the university’s third annual Manufacturing Summit. More than 100 national and state furniture and man...

3/28/2013

Governor to speak at MSU Manufacturing Summit

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will offer the keynote address at the third annual Mississippi State University Manufacturing Summit.

On Wednesday [March 27] at the Franklin Furniture Center, Bryant will explain his vision for state manufacturing and furniture industries, which employ 12 percent of Mississippi's non-farm workforce.

...

3/21/2013

Manufacturing summit to be held at Mississippi State

Manufacturers throughout the state will have an opportunity to advance their business strategies at the third annual Manufacturing Summit.

Hosted by Mississippi State University's Franklin Furniture Institute and the American Home Furnishings Alliance, the Manufacturing Summit will be held on March 27 at the Franklin Furniture Center.<...

3/14/2013

Online seminar answers lumber values questions

Mississippi State University is offering a free webinar to help those in the timber business understand the changes being made this summer to lumber measurements and standards.

Southern Pine Design Values will be offered free online March 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is free, and only those registered will receive a link to the...

3/1/2013

MSU seminar offers exporting resources

A Feb. 7 workshop will familiarize participants with some of the resources available to assist Mississippi manufacturers who want to begin or expand export activities.

Mississippi State University's Franklin Furniture Institute is hosting the Getting to Know Your Export Resources workshop. It is funded by the Delta Regional Authority.<...

1/31/2013

MSU alumnus wins conservation award

A Mississippi State University alumnus’s dedication to sharing his passion for the outdoors has resulted in a national honor.

Jay Stokes, a 2007 graduate of MSU’s College of Forest Resources, was honored as a Field and Stream magazine Hero of Conservation. The honor recognizes individuals who conduct extremely effective hun...

6/21/2012

Furniture summit addresses industry challenges

Nothing brings competitors together like the threat of even bigger competition.

Among the crowd of different furniture manufacturing representatives at Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute on Wednesday, that seemed to be the sentiment. About 75 people from furniture companies, suppliers and industry trade o...

3/22/2012

MSU’s kenaf research developed into products

A fibrous plant researched at Mississippi State University may end up at the Olympics in the form of a specialty gun stock.

"We’re exploring how to make a commercial product out of an agricultural byproduct and kenaf, a quick-growing plant," said Dan Seale, forest products professor in MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Re...

3/8/2012

2011 forest products harvest tops $1 billion

Low national home construction levels and relatively dry weather resulted in a slightly lower year-end harvest value for Mississippi forest products, but the preliminary estimate still exceeds $1 billion.

"At $1.04 billion, the preliminary harvest value is a decrease of less than 1 percent from the previous year’s harvest va...

12/15/2011

Preservatives help wood weather southern climates

The climate of Mississippi and the Gulf South region presents challenges for wood preservation, making water repellents and the environment top considerations.

David Jones, assistant Extension professor in Mississippi State University’s forest products department, said wood treatments can lengthen the performance of timber by dec...

3/17/2011

MSU wood technology offers new possibilities

Mississippi State University scientists have found a new way to turn wood into highly absorbent charcoal and automobile parts.

While wood has been used to manufacture charcoal since the early 1600s, the new technique can create charcoal and other carbon-based products with a higher absorption capacity. Charcoal has been used widely to ...

11/23/2010

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