Barbour says he’s pursuing Miss. jobs in Calif.

JACKSON, Miss.—Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he’s spending several days in California “chasing jobs” and calling on companies that have investments in his home state.
Barbour told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday from California that he had already visited executives from KiOR, which is building refineries in Mississippi to convert timber products to a crude oil substitute.

The governor said he’s also meeting with executives from Stion, which will manufacture solar panels in Hattiesburg; Soladigm, which announced last year that it will make energy-efficient insulated glass in Olive Branch; and Chevron, which has extensive investments on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Barbour said he’s also meeting with companies that might consider investing in Mississippi, but he wouldn’t name them.

AP
7/19/11