Mississippi Silicon In The News

NEMCC Manufactoring Academy Ribbon Cutting

Mississippi Silicon Helps Cut The Ribbon On The NEMCC Manufacturing Academy

A partnership of Northeast Mississippi Community College, Mississippi Silicon, Rural Development Partners, Appalachian Regional Commission, and Tennessee Valley Authority has committed $237,033 to a manufacturing academy at Northeast Mississippi Community College Iuka Campus.    Tishomingo county is providing the space, furnishings, utilities, and high speed Internet for the academy. The manufacturing academy started on September 18, 2017, and is free to applicants. Mississippi Silicon Human Resource Director Mark Ivey was able to provide insight on the project.

We are pleased to partner with Rural Development Partners, Appalachian Regional Commission, Tishomingo County, Tennessee Valley Authority, and Northeast Mississippi Community College to help prepare workers for jobs in modern manufacturing.   Mississippi Silicon will offer internships and apprenticeships to successful NEMCC program participants.

Specific aspects of the manufacturing academy include the following:      

NCRC WORKKEYS.     NCRC is the National Career Readiness Certificate. It is an industry portable national credential developed by ACT. The assessment takes approximately four hours to complete. The results of the assessment confirms a person’s basic intellectual workplace skills and abilities such as the ability to solve problems, think critically, understand workplace documents and graphic literacy, apply math skills, and locate and analyze information.

MANUFACTURING ACADEMY–PART ONE: NECESSARY SKILLS/SMART START.  45-hour course covering career exploration, diversity training, teamwork and problem-solving, communication and listening skills, goal setting and time management, professional image, roles of employers and employees, financial awareness/life skills, workplace documents, applied math, and graphic literacy.

MANUFACTURING ACADEMY–PART TWO: MANUFACTURING SKILLS.  50-hour course includes the CRC exam and expands employability skills listed in the Smart Start section. In addition, the blended learning approach provides knowledge and application in OSHA-10, Heartsaver CPR, production documents (reading ortho drawings, dimensioning and tolerancing), precision measurement (instruments, calculations, conversions, etc.), and high-performance manufacturing (lean, 5S, value stream, quality tools, SPC, quality management systems, etc.).     

JOB PASS. 3-hour physical ability skills simulation comprised of several workstations that measure physical performance in a basic industry environment. Results are reported on a person’s ability to lift, walk, bend, squat, pull, stretch, assemble, solve problems, follow safety and task instructions, climb, and use hand tools.   

GAS CARDS.    Applicants attending classes will be awarded a $25 gas card during each week of perfect attendance. Upon completion of the entire program, an additional $100 will be awarded, up to $250 total per person.           

INTERVIEWS. Graduates will be guaranteed an interview at Mississippi Silicon. Hiring is at company discretion based on normal hiring practices.      Other companies have indicated a desire to interview those who may not be hired by Mississippi Silicon.

INTERNSHIPS. Graduates who meet minimum hiring guidelines will be encouraged to apply for the internship program. Preference is given to applicants who live in at-risk conditions. Up to 16 individuals will be selected to participate in the program. Northeast will hold $54,000 of the grant money submitted by Rural Development Partners to reimburse Mississippi Silicon 50% of the apprentice’s salary.  

For more information, or to sign up for this free academy, visit the web site: https://nemcc.formstack.com/forms/nemcc_manufacturing_academy_ms_silicon_project_.

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Mississippi Silicon Participates In Senior Job Fair

Seniors from the Alcorn County School District participated in the 2017 Alcorn College and Career Fair day held at the MSU Extension Center in Corinth. Mayra Guzman, pictured above, speaks with a student about the impact Mississippi Silicon is having in the Northeast Mississippi region.

For more information about employment with Mississippi Silicon please contact the WIN Job Center.

To find your local WIN Job Center, please visit their website: http://mdes.ms.gov/win-job-centers/.

Photo Credits: L.A. Story; The Daily Corinthian

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Mississippi Silicon Holds Job Fair

Mississippi Silicon recently held it’s first job fair of the new year. For more information about employment with Mississippi Silicon please contact the WIN Job Center.

To find your local WIN Job Center, please visit their website: http://mdes.ms.gov/win-job-centers/.

Corinth Rotary Club Welcomes Mississippi Silicon

Mississippi Silicon Vice President of Finance was recently welcomed by the Corinth Rotary Club where he presented a project update to Corinth’s own local business leaders.

Interest In Mississippi Silicon Continues To Rise At Regional Job Fair 

Mark Ivey, Mississippi Silicon’s Director of Human Resources, was recently on-hand at the Northeast Mississippi WIN Job Fair, and interest in employment with Mississippi Silicon is on the rise.

“There seems to be a lot of interest because we are a new company. Applicants have been very qualified, and that is good.”

Close to 52 companies took part in the job fair.

Photo Credits: Steve Beavers; The Daily Corinthian

Lawsuit Against Mississippi Silicon Dismissed 

A lawsuit seeking to stop Mississippi Silicon’s construction has been dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.

Mississippi Silicon is very pleased with the ruling issued by the federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi to dismiss Globe Specialty Metals’ complaint and request for a preliminary injunction to halt our project. The court previously denied a similar request by Globe shortly after Globe filed this particular lawsuit. This decision confirms that this lawsuit filed by Globe against Mississippi Silicon was without merit. Our position is clear – Mississippi Silicon has and continues to act in good faith and in accordance with strict permits properly secured. – John Lalley, Vice President of Finance for Mississippi Silicon

To find out more about the U.S. District Court’s decision please follow these links and visit these local news agencies:

Mississippi Business Journal – Suit to block silicon plant in northeast Miss. dismissed

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal – Lawsuit against Mississippi Silicon dismissed

WTVA – Lawsuit over plant construction dismissed

Platts Metals highlights project completion assurance:

Platts Metals – MS silicon’s new plant completion assured