Companies

Atlas Roofing Corporation

If you spend any significant time in Meridian, Mississippi, you’ll hear someone mention Atlas Roofing Corporation. The company is a lot like Peavey Corporation in the sense that if you live in Meridian, someone you know or someone you are related to works or used to work there.

From their website:

atlas-logoAtlas® Roofing Corporation is an innovative, customer-oriented manufacturer of residential and commercial building materials. Atlas has grown from a single roofing shingle manufacturing facility in 1982 into an industry leader with 19 plants in North America and worldwide product distribution. All Atlas products are manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities and shipped worldwide from its network of manufacturing plants and distribution facilities in the United States and Canada. Atlas Roofing Corporation is made up of 6 major divisions: Wall Insulation, Roof Insulation, Roof Shingles, Roof Underlayment, Web Technologies, and Atlas EPS.

Check out the timeline of their growth by clicking here.

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Ward’s Restaurant

wards_logoBack when I was a student at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS, one of the local favorites for burgers was the Ward’s Restaurant on Hardy Street just before you cross the bridge over I-59. Well, the address is technically 101 Thornhill Drive, Hattiesburg, MS, but if you decide to visit Hattiesburg, just stop and ask someone where the Ward’s on Hardy Street is and they’ll get you there. As they say, you can’t miss it.

What I can confirm is that if you’ve never had a Ward’s Chili Dog, a “Big One” with Chili and Cheese or a “Ward’s Quarter” then you’ve lived a sheltered life. So, as soon as you can, find the Ward’s nearest you and order a great burger and frosty mug of homemade root beer and then decide whether I’m telling you the truth.

From the Ward’s website:

Richard and Ed Ward opened the first Ward’s location May 28, 1978. The two brothers rotated shifts with one working early and one working late. It was years before some customers ever realized there were two of them! They thought one hard-working man owned and operated the new concept on his own. The years of hard work and long hours paid off as Ward’s developed its own identity and following of loyal customers. Known for delicious homemade chili and smooth as silk homemade Root beer, Ward’s has grown to 39 locations over the past 35 years and shows no signs of slowing down.

wards_chili_dogThe signature hamburgers are lovingly referred to as the “Big One” and the “Little On.” Dressed with Ward’s homemade chili and signature sauce these favorites are two of the most popular on the menu. The homemade chili is not just used on hamburgers. OH NO! Ward’s chili is served on our own Chili Dogs. What better way to conquer the munchies than with a Big One Combo and a Ward’s Chili Dog on the side!

For those who choose not to indulge in Ward’s Chili there are other options! The Ward’s Quarter is just what your personal trainer would approve of! Lettuce and tomato dress this burger just right to make you feel good about yourself. However, if you insist, there is also a delicious line of salads and wraps available to help you watch your waistline.

From Breakfast, to lunch and on through out the evening Ward’s has something for almost any appetite and to please any taste. New menu concepts include the addition of Sweet Potato Fries and Real Fruit Smoothies. Ward’s is the best of both worlds merging the ole time menu items of years past and the best of whats new.

Viking Range

Viking Range Corporation is an appliance company located in Greenwood, Mississippi that manufactures kitchen appliances for residential and commercial use. Viking introduced the first professional-grade range for home use in 1987. The company offers three complete lines of premium appliances including cooking, ventilation, kitchen clean-up and refrigeration, and outdoor appliances. Viking’s latest offering is a commercial line of kitchen appliances for use in restaurants. Although Viking was purchased by the The Middleby Corporation in 2012, the new owner has expressed a long term commitment to keeping the existing Mississippi manufacturing plants in place and operating in Mississippi.

Check out this short promotional video released in January, 2015:

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From the Viking website:

Viking Range was founded by Fred Carl, Jr. in the 1980s. In the midst of building his own home, he discovered the range he wanted did not exist. So Carl took to the drawing board and after countless late nights, he finally arrived at a hybrid that corralled the cooking power and features of a professional range into a design feasible for home use.

Carl persuaded a small commercial company in southern California to produce the first Viking range for him. After two years of trial, error and extensive testing, the first Viking ranges received American Gas Association certification in late 1986 and shipped in January 1987. Incredible consumer response quickly overwhelmed the contract manufacturer.

Viking soon opened its own manufacturing plant in Greenwood, Mississippi, and realized there was room for professional performance in every corner of the kitchen. By the end of the decade, Viking was operating three manufacturing facilities in Greenwood, and the Viking kitchen grew to include built-in cooking, ventilation, refrigeration, kitchen cleanup, and outdoor products. Since 2000, additional facilities have been added as the company and its product line grew. A dishwasher plant, a distribution center, and a tool and die center brought the total square footage of Viking manufacturing and distribution facilities to more than 500,000 square feet.

Viking has continued its aggressive new product development initiatives and has expanded its product offerings to encompass the entire kitchen, both indoors and outdoors. In addition to its flagship freestanding ranges, the current Viking product line includes ventilation, built-in range tops and cooktops, built-in ovens, warming drawers, dishwashers, trash compactors, refrigerators, freezers, wine cellars, and an entire line of outdoor products including grills, warming drawers, refrigeration and stainless steel cabinetry.

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In 2001, Viking began renovations on the historic Hotel Irving in downtown Greenwood. Renamed The Alluvian and designed as an upscale boutique hotel offering unparalleled amenities, the hotel opened to widespread acclaim in May 2003. In addition, The Alluvian Spa; Giardina’s Restaurant, a Mississippi Delta dining landmark since 1936; and the Viking Cooking School and Retail Store provide an entertaining and memorable experience, resulting in the renowned Viking facilities becoming a unique and popular tourist destination.

On December 31, 2012, The Middleby Corporation, a global leader in the commercial foodservice equipment industry, acquired Viking. Middleby has more than 50 companies in its portfolio and has a proven track record of acquiring and growing companies through bringing innovative, patented products to the market. Many synergies and growth opportunities exist between Viking and other Middleby brands and the acquisition of Viking strategically positioned Middleby to expand into the residential market with a strong, leading brand. Middleby has an established presence outside of the U.S., which will help Viking expand to new markets in the future.

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Bomgar

Bomgar is a leader in enterprise remote support solutions for easily and securely supporting computing systems and mobile devices. The company’s products help organizations improve tech support efficiency and performance by enabling them to securely support nearly any device or system, anywhere in the world — including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, BlackBerry and more.

bomgarsquareSince 2003, more than 8,500 corporate customers across 65 countries have chosen Bomgar as their platform for remote support. Bomgar clients include some of the world’s leading IT outsourcers, systems integrators, software vendors, hospitals and healthcare organizations, government institutions, colleges and universities, legal and accounting firms, and insurance and financial institutions.

For six consecutive years, Bomgar has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in North America. Bomgar is privately-held with offices in Jackson, Atlanta, Washington D.C., London, Paris, and Singapore.

The Bomgar Story

To help pay his college tuition, Joel Bomgar began working as a field network engineer for a Jackson, Mississippi-based systems integrator in 2002. When not in class, he could be found driving around the Jackson area in his 1979 Buick LeSabre providing IT support to local businesses. Often, the non-billable drive time took longer than the actual service calls. It didn’t take long for Joel to realize “there had to be a way” to spend less time driving in the Mississippi heat and more time solving his clients’ problems.

Unable to find an existing solution that would allow him to access and manage his customers’ computers over the internet, Joel decided to take matters into his own hands and develop his own technology. Although he was still working his way through college, Joel spent many late nights coding and eating pizza to develop a functional remote support solution. Leveraging the solution he quickly doubled the number of customers he could support and cut his rather uncomfortable drive time in half. The instant success led him to believe there might be a market for his creation, so he made up a product brochure, launched a static web site and waited.

Much to his surprise, his wait was short as he quickly began receiving calls and orders for the product. After making $24,000 in less than two months, Joel was convinced he had uncovered a significant market opportunity, but knew he could not capitalize on the opportunity alone. He soon enlisted the assistance of two friends and fellow Resident Assistants from school: Nathan McNeill and Patrick Norman – both of whom he knew were smart, hardworking, dedicated problem solvers.

During the next decade, Bomgar’s founding trio successfully led the company from a college campus project to an industry leader. They credit the success to a discipline of focus and a set of core values based in Biblical principles.

In May of 2014, TA Associates, one of the largest and most experienced global growth private equity firms, announced a majority investment in Bomgar. Today, Bomgar serves more than 8,000 leading companies from diverse industries around the world. Bomgar is recognized by industry analysts, professional associations and industry publications for its award-winning Enterprise Remote Support Solutions, which have fundamentally changed how companies around the world deliver remote technical support. Bomgar customers have dramatically reduced costs and improved remote support efficiency while driving customer satisfaction to new levels.

Pirouline

If you’ve ever had a chance to taste one of these delicate treats, then you’ll know why we are pretty proud of the fact that these great wafer cookies are produced right here in Mississippi. If you have not tasted a Pirouline, then by all means, visit their website and order some! In fact, order a bunch, because you might just eat the first can by yourself and then you’ll have none to share!

From Pirouline’s Website:

Pirouline makes every moment magic. Pirouline exists because what we do best is make all the small moments in our life a little more special.

The famous Pirouline swirl is your reassurance that you are enjoying the original Pirouline rolled wafers, baked fresh every day right here in Madison, Mississippi. All of those other rolled wafers made in factories overseas (and shipped across the ocean in huge shipping containers) may try to look like Pirouline, but they don’t have our swirl. Or our fresh, delicious taste!

From Wikipedia:

The DeBeukelaer family started making biscuits in Belgium in 1860. A descendant of the original founders in Belgium, the DeBeukelaer Corporation was founded in 1984 by Peter DeBeukelaer, when he established a cookie factory in Madison, Mississippi.

Pirouline made its debut in 1984. A hollow rolled European style wafer with a trademark helical swirl, it was lined with chocolate

In 1987, the biscuit was filled with a chocolate hazelnut creme filling. Over the years, there have been many flavors of creme – French vanilla, strawberry, pumpkin spice, dulce de leche, and lemon.

The most popular Pirouline is a rolled toasted wafer lined with dark chocolate. The other variety, called “Creme de Pirouline,” has the rolled wafer lined with a cream filling rather than chocolate (which comes in chocolate hazelnut, French vanilla, and double chocolate varieties).

Originally sold in a 14 oz tin, the chocolate lined biscuits are always sold in boxes, while the cream-filled are sold in cans.

Malaco Music Group

“The Last Soul Company” started as a pocket-change enterprise in the early 1960s with college students Tommy Couch and Wolf Stephenson booking bands for fraternity dances at the University of Mississippi.

After graduation, Tommy Couch opened shop in Jackson, Mississippi as Malaco Attractions with brother-in-law Mitchell Malouf (Malouf + Couch = Malaco). Wolf Stephenson joined them in promoting concerts by Herman’s Hermits, the Who, the Animals, and others.

In 1967 the company opened a recording studio in a building that remains the home of Malaco Records. Experimenting with local songwriters and artists, the company began producing master recordings. Malaco needed to license their early recordings with established labels for national distribution. Between 1968 and 1970, Capitol Records released six singles and a Grammy-nominated album by legendary bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell. Deals for other artists were concluded with ABC, Mercury, and Bang.

Revenue from record releases was minimal, however, and Malaco survived doing jingles, booking bands, promoting concerts, and renting the studio for custom projects.

In May 1970, a bespectacled producer-arranger changed the struggling company’s fortune. Wardell Quezergue made his mark with New Orleans stalwarts Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, and others. He offered to supply Malaco with artists in return for studio time and session musicians. With very little money left, Malaco knew this might be their last shot at making something happen.

Wardell brought five artists to Jackson in a borrowed school bus for a marathon session that yielded two mega-hits – King Floyd’s “Groove Me” and Jean Knight’s “Mr. Big Stuff.” But the tracks met rejection when submitted to Stax and Atlantic Records for distribution. Frustrated, Malaco released the King Floyd tracks on its own Chimneyville label. When “Groove Me” started a wildfire of radio play and sales, Atlantic picked the record up for distribution after all, giving Malaco a label deal for future Chimneyville product. “Groove Me” entered the national charts in October, going to #1 R&B and #6 pop. In 1971, Chimneyville scored again with King Floyd’s “Baby Let Me Kiss You” (#5 R&B and #29 Pop). Meanwhile, Stax decided to take a chance on “Mr. Big Stuff,” selling over two million copies on the way to #1 on the R&B charts and #2 pop.

Malaco’s studio and session musicians were now in demand. Atlantic sent the Pointer Sisters among others for the Malaco touch; Stax sent Rufus Thomas and others. And, in January 1973, Paul Simon recorded material for his There Goes Rhymin’ Simon album.

Later that year, Malaco released its first gospel record, “Gospel Train” by the Golden Nuggets. Also in 1973, King Floyd’s “Woman Don’t Go Astray” made #5 R&B.

When Dorothy Moore recorded “Misty Blue” in 1973, Malaco got stacks of rejection slips trying to shop the master to other labels. Now, in 1975, Malaco was broke and desperate for something to sell. With just enough cash to press and mail out the record, “Misty Blue” was released on the Malaco label just before Thanksgiving. Luckily, it took off the moment it hit radio turntables.

“Misty Blue” earned gold records around the world, peaking at #2 R&B and #3 pop in the USA, and #5 in England. This was followed by thirteen chart records and five Grammy nominations for Moore by 1980.

Another Malaco gamble in late 1975 was targeting the gospel market again with the Jackson Southernaires. The gamble paid off, and other premium gospel artists signed on, including the Soul Stirrers, The Sensational Nightingales, The Williams Brothers, The Truthettes, and The Angelic Gospel Singers, to name a few. The Southernaires’s Frank Williams became Malaco’s Director of Gospel Operations, producing virtually every Malaco gospel release until his untimely death in 1993.

Malaco made several attempts at the disco market, but its main contribution to the era was providing the studio and session musicians for Anita Ward’s “Ring My Bell.”

Frederick Knight produced “Ring My Bell” for his own Juana label, which, like Malaco, was distributed by T.K. Records in Miami. In the summer of 1979 “Ring My Bell” was omnipresent, going to #1 on both Pop and R&B charts, and selling an estimated 10 million copies worldwide. Also hot that summer, Fern Kinney’s electronic remake of “Groove Me” entered the R&B and disco charts in August. The follow-up, “Together We Are Beautiful,” reached #1 on British pop charts in 1980.

Malaco relied greatly on Dave Clark’s promotional efforts at T.K. So when T.K. shuttered in 1980, Malaco hired Clark. His unrivaled access to radio and credibility with artists soon paid off with his recruitment of Z.Z. Hill.

Starting with Z.Z Hill, Malaco became the center of the universe for old-time blues and soul. Since blues supposedly no longer sold, everyone was shocked when Hill’s second album, Down Home Blues, sold 500,000 copies. It was the most successful blues album ever, revealing a core audience for quality blues records. It also became an anthem for R&B singers struggling against disco and the emergence of rap. By now, Malaco had found its niche and was the dominant southern R&B label in the country. It also developed an identifiable sound via a core group of session musicians and songwriters.

The house band was anchored by Carson Whitsett on keyboards, Larry Addison on second keyboard; James Robertson on drums, Ray Griffin on bass, and Dino Zimmerman on guitar. A steady stream of strong material flowed from key songwriters such as George Jackson, Larry Addison, Rich Cason, and Jimmy Lewis.

In 1985 Malaco signed Bobby Blue Bland. That summer, Tommy Couch, Wolf Stephenson and Stewart Madison purchased the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, label, and publishing company. The studio and its fabled rhythm section (Jimmy Johnson, David Hood, Roger Hawkins, and Barry Beckett) are credited with gold records by the Staple Singers, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, and Wilson Pickett, to name a few. Even more valuable was their publishing company containing moneymakers like “Old Time Rock and Roll” and “Torn Between Two Lovers.”

Clearly the dominant contemporary southern blues label, Malaco purchased the gospel division of Savoy Records in 1986. Now it was also the preeminent black gospel company in North America. The Savoy acquisition brought a vast catalog of classic recordings dating back decades, including albums by Shirley Caesar, Rev. James Cleveland, Albertina Walker, The Caravans, Inez Andrews, The Georgia Mass Choir, and The Florida Mass Choir.

Born in 1965, Tommy Couch Jr. followed his father’s footsteps, starting a booking agency to mine fraternity bookings on southern campuses.

Malaco’s market focus widened dramatically in 1995. Songwriter/producer Rich Cason cut “Good Love” on Johnnie Taylor with a contemporary L.A. jeep beat, enabling the artist to reach a new, younger audience. Combining contemporary tracks with old school material like “Last Two Dollars,” the Good Love album soared to #1 on Billboard’s blues charts and #15 R&B, becoming the biggest record in Malaco’s history.

In the late nineties, Malaco signed veteran Chicago soul great Tyrone Davis, whose credits include 42 R&B chart records. The company also continued its steady, prudent expansion, purchasing half of the Memphis-based distributor Select-O-Hits, and making inroads into the urban contemporary, jazz, and contemporary Christian markets. Malaco Jazz Records is issuing a series of vintage live European recordings by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Cannonball Adderly, Thelonious Monk, and others. Malaco Jazz also distributes several upcoming independent jazz labels. And, the new urban contemporary label, J-Town, scored a Top 40 R&B single, “I’ve Been Having an Affair” by Tonya.

Excerpted from The Malaco Story by Rob Bowman, award-winning author of Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records published by Schirmer Books.

Mailing Address:
Malaco Music Group
P.O. Box 9287
Jackson, MS 39286-9287

Physical Address:
3023 West Northside Drive
Jackson, MS 39213

Main Phone Number:
601-982-4522

Website: https://www.malaco.com/

Peavey Electronics

Driven by an unmatched legacy of innovation and a total dedication to quality and reliability, Peavey Electronics embodies the pursuit of perfection in music and audio. It’s our unifying spirit. It’s proven. And it continues today.

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For nearly five decades, Peavey has blazed its own path toward musical perfection. Founded by Hartley Peavey in 1965 as a one-man shop, today Peavey Electronics Corporation is one of the largest makers and suppliers of musical instruments, amplifiers and professional audio systems in the world—distributing more than 2,000 products to more than 130 countries.

Hartley has famously said, “In order to be better, by definition you must be different.” What makes Peavey different is a commitment to approaching business with a unique vision, from product design to distribution to being the largest independently owned manufacturer in the business. His quest has led to more than 180 patents and innovations in the way we hear and play music.

Hartley Peavey is not only the visionary, lead engineer and chief executive, but also the lynchpin that connects a rich history to a bright future. And his founding principles of quality, reliability and innovation are still the focus of engineering and manufacturing operations that span continents and languages, customs and cultures.

Precision Delta

Precision Delta Corporation began in the garage of a struggling Mississippi Delta farmer in 1982. At that time we made a pledge to our customers to offer only the very best products, service, and prices in the ammunition industry. We have stood by that pledge. Today we are one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of pistol bullet components and remanufacturer of pistol ammunition offering only the very best products, services and prices in the industry.

In 1988 Precision Delta Corporation introduced a new line of ammunition, Precision Delta Match Ammunition. This new ammunition is extremely accurate and is used by top Police Practical Combat competitive shooters. It has been used by champions to win 12 NRA PPC National Championships since 1988.

In 1985 Precision Delta Corporation became a Winchester Law Enforcement Distributor. Today we have grown to become one of Winchester’s largest Law Enforcement Distributors in the country. Precision Delta also distributes Peltor Electronic Hearing Protection and Communication Equipment and Combined Tactical Systems (CTS) Less-Lethal Munitions.

We are proud to tell you that we still stand by the promise we made in 1982. You can always depend on Precision Delta Corporation for quality ammunition and bullets at competitive prices. Our sales staff is second to none in product knowledge and customer service. We work harder to serve you, because we know that our success depends upon you, our customer.

If you’d like to order any of our high-quality ammunition or bullets or if you just have questions about our products, email us at precdelta@tecinfo.net and we will be glad to help you!

telephone: (800) 337-3621 or (662) 756-2810
fax:     (662) 756-2590
email:     info@precisiondelta.com
address: Precision Delta – PO Box 128 – Ruleville, MS 38771

Soaply Divine

soaply-divineSoaply Divine, located in Meridian, MS, is a small family-owned and operated business consisting of a mom, a dad and four boys. Our adventure into the world of artisan skin care really began after their children were born. The mom had always suffered from sensitive, tempermental skin. Unfortunately, her sons inherited these skin ailments too.

Thus began their search for better skin care products. After much research, they came to the conclusion that artisan skin care was the only answer. The commercial bath and body industry was simply too saturated with unnecessary chemicals. After purchasing artisan soap for a few years they soon ventured into the world of making soap for themselves.

After noticing drastic improvements in their skin, they knew they had found a good thing. Friends and family soon became interested… Turns out artisan soap also makes great gifts! And as faith would have it, Soaply Divine was born!

Soaply Divine is committed to providing consumers with luxurious, eco-friendly, artisan bath and body products- taking care of your body from the outside in.

Soaply Divine’s Luxurious Artisan Soaps are made with the purest vegatable based oils and butters. Our soaps are scented with primarily essential oils and and occasionally phathlate free fragrance oils. We DO NOT use pre-made bases. All of our luxurious bath and body products are made completely from scratch. Soaply Divine does not use animal products. All of our products are vegan-friendly. We use coconut milk instead of goat’s milk. Our oils and butters are also vegetable based. Soaply Divine currently uses sustainable ingredients where ever possible. We also print our soap labels on seeded paper, so if you plant our labels, you’ll get a wonderful bouquet of flowers with every purchase you make!

Your body is affected not only by what you consume, but also by what your skin comes in contact with. Your skin is the largest organ on your body. Let us help you protect it!

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