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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lafayette County Industrial Park

Twister transforms SWM

Fourteen months after a tornado destroyed the SWM plant in the Lafayette County Industrial Park, Blauer Manufacturing Co. invested in rebuilding the facility. A grand opening was held Thursday for the new SWM plant, which is much bigger, employs more people and houses more operations. (June 15, 2012)

Storms cost county $1.4 million

Six months after severe thunderstorms that produced a tornado and damaging straight-line winds wreaked havoc on Lafayette County, some families are still rebuilding. According to FEMA, more than $171,000 was given to local individuals through grants and low-income loans. The storms cost Lafayette County $1.4 million, according to officials. (October 31, 2011, Page 1A)

Cool temps bring risks

Severe weather, tornadoes and an increase in house fires can be possible during the fall and winter months in Lafayette County. (October 25, 2011, Page 1)

Ribbon cut at Centerfire plant

Gov. Haley Barbour attended Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Winchester Centerfire plant building at the Lafayette County Industrial Park. The new 500,000 square-foot building is almost complete. About 1,000 new jobs are expected over the next five years. (October 13, 2011, Page 1)

EDF nurtures business

The Oxford Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation helps bring jobs to the area by marketing Oxford to big businesses and industries as well as support and help existing businesses stay successful. (October 3, 2011, Page 1A)

Storm debris mulch ready for use

Tons of mulch made from the downed trees and brush from the storms that wreaked havoc in Lafayette County on April 27 are ready for the public to come and take as much as they’d like for free at the Lafayette County Industrial Park. (August 23, 2011, Page 1)

SWM to expand in Oxford

SWM took a hard hit in April when straight-line winds almost destroyed the plant in the Lafayette County Industrial Park. However, the uniform-making industry is not only rebuilding but expanding its Oxford location which could lead to more jobs for area residents. (July 26, 2011, Page 1)

Community begins to rebuild

The storms on April 27 — one month ago today — destroyed 18 homes and damaged hundreds of other homes and businesses around the county. The neighborhoods of Pine Flat, Yocona and north Oxford are rebuilding as the community joins together to help form a new long-term recovery group. (May 27, 2011, Page 1A, 8A)

County to turn debris into mulch

Lafayette County has brought in two large grinders to help turn the tons of fallen trees, limbs and brush into tons of mulch. Homeowners can leave the debris at the curb in the storm-riddled areas and crews will pick it up and bring it to the Lafayette County Industrial Park where the grinders are located. (May 10, 2011, Page 1)

County upset with MDOT, MOU

During their regular meeting Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors agreed to meet with city officials to go over a joint MOU with the Mississippi Department of Transportation in regards to three local projects including the interchange at the West Jackson Avenue/Highway 6 intersection. Both city and county officials have expressed concerns about MDOT changing previously agreed upon details. Other issues discussed Monday included United Way’s Excel by 5 application; a  redistricting resolution and property being transfered for the new Winchester plant. (April 5, 2011, Page 2A)

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