The community hit an economic bull’s-eye Wednesday afternoon when Olin Corp. announced it was moving 1,000 ammunition manufacturing jobs from East Alton, Ill., to Oxford and planning to build a new 500,000-square-foot facility here. The company plans to make a $100 million investment in the community as a result of this move. (November 4, 2010, Page 1)
Olin Corp. announced today that its Winchester Centerfire Operations and approximately 1,000 jobs will be relocated to Oxford. The company’s decision follows two failed ratification votes by members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, in which employees twice rejected a union proposal that would have allowed Centerfire Operations to remain in East Alton. Read more about the jobs in Thursday’s edition of The EAGLE (November 3, 2010)
After getting a second chance to prevent hundreds of their jobs from moving from East Alton, Ill., to Oxford, Olin Corp. union workers again rejected a contract with the company. The vote Tuesday appears to make it far more likely that some 900 jobs will be relocated to Oxford during the next five years. (November 3, 2010, Page 1)
Lafayette County’s unemployment rate inched up from 7 percent in August to 7.1 percent in September. (November 1, 2010, Page 6A)
Piper Clark and her grandpa Joe are regulars at Holli’s so when they learned about her stolen sign in August they set out to make her a new one. The new sign was hung on Thursday. (November 1, 2010, Page 7A)
The odds would appear to have tipped in Oxford’s favor that Olin Corp. will move as many as 1,000 jobs from its East Alton, Ill., plant to its plant in the Lafayette County Industrial Park. (October 19, 2010, Page 1)
When the tornado destroyed the Ability Works building in 2007, the damage threatened to cripple the company’s ability to help its clients become self-sufficient despite their disabilities.
With the same fortitude and motivation of their clients, the staff at Ability Works continued to work even after they were relocated in a temporary home at the old Walmart building — donated by the University of Mississippi — while a new building was constructed.
A year later, Ability Works was back up and fully functional in its new home.
Last week, Ability Works offered tours of its new facility to the community. (October 11, 2010, Page 6A)
Lafayette County’s unemployment rate fell steeply from July to August, dropping from 9.8 percent to 6.9 percent — a nearly 30 percent decline in the number of unemployed people in the local workforce. (September 27, 2010, Page 5A)
South Depot Taco Shop will be opening its doors this spring. The the build-your-own taco shop will be located in the site of former As Seen on TV and Classy Creations. The owners, who are University of Mississippi graduates, obtained approval from the Courthouse Square Preservation Commission last week. Co-owner Trey Horne said the resturant will offer quality food at reasonable prices – especially important in today’s economic climate. (September 13, 2010, Page 5A)
Lafayette County’s unemployment numbers appear to have started dropping, a trend that’s expected to continue through the next few months. (September 6, 2010, Page 5A)