Business briefs

July 14, 2014 

Company makes K-9 donation

PASCAGOULA -- The grand opening of Rovira Team Realty was held Monday and the company already has made an impact in the community.

Owner Lazaro Rovira learned that the K-9s with the Pascagoula Police Department didn't have bullet-proof vests or protection against a knife attack. The company bought two ballistic vests for the dogs and presented them during Monday's ceremony.

Ingalls honors 72 apprentice graduates

Huntington Ingalls Industries held graduation Saturday for 72 students who graduated from the Ingalls Shipbuilding's Apprentice School.

Marine electrician Brandon Hamilton was the Outstanding Apprentice of the Year.

The ceremony was at the Coast Convention Center and Adm. William Hilarides, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command, was keynote speaker.

This is the first graduating class whose students attended classes in the new Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy, which offers a path into bachelor's degree programs.

Volkswagen to build new SUV in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Volkswagen plans to build a new seven-passenger SUV at its factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., adding about 2,000 factory jobs as it tries to reverse U.S. sales that have fallen for the past two years.

The German automaker announced Monday it will invest $600 million to expand the factory and set up a new research center that will employ about 200 engineers.

The announcement comes after months of political wrangling over the role of organized labor at the factory, which now employs about 1,500 workers and makes only one model, the Passat midsize car.

Production of the new SUV is set to start at the end of 2016.

Lindt will buy Russell Stover Candies

LONDON -- The Swiss chocolate maker Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprungli said Monday it reached an agreement to acquire Russell Stover Candies, the U.S. maker of boxed chocolates.

The deal to acquire Russell Stover, which is based in Kansas City, Missouri, will make Lindt the third-largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. Lindt already owns the Ghirardelli Chocolate Co., whose former factory is a tourist attraction in San Francisco.

Russell Stover was founded in 1923. The company's gift boxes were made famous in the film "Forrest Gump.

-- Staff, wire reports

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