Hope for Manuf. Exists

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The executive director of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association addressed members of the business community and elected leadership Tuesday at MSU-Meridian.

Jay Moon did not endorse a candidate but told the audience that it needs to support pro-business candidates in the 2003 elections.

While Mississippi has taken a hard hit in the manufacturing sector, with companies taking jobs elsewhere or closing due to foreign competition, Moon said he's optimistic the state will pull out of the downturn.

In the meantime, a Meridian company owner says he sees better things ahead. Tommy Dulaney, owner of Structural Steel, said his company has had to eliminate customary overtime, slowing to a 40-hour work week.

But Dulaney said that might be changing soon, with an upswing in the economy.