Missouri Partnership

Business recruitment and marketing for the state

In 2007, the Hawthorn Foundation created the Missouri Partnership to serve as the state’s leading business recruitment and marketing organization.  An independent board of directors governs the Partnership, whose leadership comes from Hawthorn members.

Today the Partnership is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s premier statewide private sector business recruitment organizations. The Partnership’s services, all of which are provided free of charge to businesses interested in opening new operations in Missouri, include locating sites and buildings, compiling workforce data, facilitating government and regulatory meetings, determining incentive eligibility, coordinating labor training and identifying utility availability and costs.

Recent job announcements include:

Food Solutions Company Announces Plans to Invest $100 Million, Create 150 New Jobs in Missouri

Aurora Organic Dairy (AOD), a leading producer and processor of store-brand organic milk and butter for U.S. retailers, plans to construct a new dairy processing facility in Columbia, which would create more than 90 jobs initially, and up to 150 total new jobs over the next five years.

“We are going to do everything we can to create more jobs for Missouri families. We are excited for Aurora Organic Dairy to set up shop in our state and start producing Missouri-made goods. I thank the company for their business and their confidence in what we plan to achieve. Together, we're going to grow business and grow Missouri’s economy,” said Gov. Eric Greitens.


AutoAlert Corporate Office to Move: Will Expand to a Historic Building in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri

February 10, 2017

Today, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced AutoAlert’s plan to move the company’s headquarters to Kansas City, Mo., and create hundreds of additional jobs in the future. AutoAlert is the industry leader in automotive software communications utilizing data mining and trade-cycle management tools. Gov. Greitens announced the project initially on Facebook.  “Just got off the phone with the CEO of AutoAlert. They’re moving their company’s headquarters from California to Kansas City, creating more than 300 jobs for Missourians." 

Dollar Tree to Invest More Than $100M and Create 375 New Jobs in Missouri

Dollar Tree will invest approximately $110 million to build a 1.2 million square foot distribution facility in Warrensburg, Mo. Dollar Tree expects to create 375 new jobs within three years, and the facility will support Dollar Tree’s retail store network in the Midwestern U.S. The facility will see 150-200 inbound/outbound trucks per day.


Nestlé Announces Plans for 200 New Jobs in Missouri

February 03, 2017

As part of a national realignment, Nestlé U.S. announced it plans to create approximately 300 highly-skilled, technical support jobs in Missouri.

Keith Schopp, a spokesman for Nestlé Purina, told the St. Louis Business Journal that the move will bring as many as 300 IT jobs to St. Louis, and the moves are expected to start later this year and continue through 2018.

Missouri City Wins New Distribution Center; 85 Sites in 10 States Competed

When American Outdoor Brands decided it was time to expand with a new national distribution center it looked at 85 sites in 10 different states before announcing Columbia, Missouri, as the best location for the 500,000 sq. ft. facility. American Outdoor cited Missouri’s strong labor force and competitive economic incentives for its expansion in the state.

The $55 million investment by the company will create around 300 new jobs, with facility completion planned for 18 months from now.


Trans-Lux Chooses Missouri to Reshore Manufacturing From China

February 01, 2017

Earlier today, Gov. Eric Greitens took to Facebook to announce that Trans-Lux, a global advanced manufacturing company, is creating more than 90 jobs in Missouri as the company reshores their production from China.

“This is a big win for our state and a vote of confidence from the business community,” Gov. Greitens said on Facebook. “In a global economy, we aren’t just competing against other states—we’re in a contest with the rest of the world. I will fight every single day to make sure Missouri is at the top of the list when new jobs are on the table.”

For more information on the results of Hawthorn's investment, download the Missouri Partnership's fiscal year report.