Business recruitment and marketing for the state
In 2007, the Hawthorn Foundation created 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:
Fairfield Processing Corp., a third generation, family-owned and operated American business dedicated to providing high quality and innovative fiber-processed products to the DIY, home decor and industrial trades, announced its plans to add more than 100 jobs to its North St. Louis facility in the coming years. The company also produces stuffed toys, pillows, pet beds, fabrics and other items at the facility, which also is a distribution center.
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson welcomed the company to the city, and toured its 300,000 sq. ft. facility. Fairfield officials said the company had about 50 full-time employees here plus more than 300 others added during a seasonal upswing.
ZAF Energy Systems Inc. (ZAF), a developer of next-generation battery technology, announced the opening of a new production facility in Joplin, Missouri. The new facility is dedicated to manufacturing its initial line of rechargeable nickel zinc (NiZn) batteries, and is expected to bring over 100 jobs to the region.
“We’re fighting for more jobs and higher pay in Missouri and companies like ZAF Energy Systems are stepping up. They’re creating 100 quality jobs at their new manufacturing plant in Joplin,” said Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. “We’re getting results. Companies are recognizing that Missouri is open for business, and Missourians are ready to work. This is a great opportunity for families in Joplin.”
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced that Nucor, the largest producer of steel in the United States, will be investing at least $250 million to build a steel bar micro-mill in Sedalia, Missouri. When completed, the new Nucor facility will create more than 250 high-paying jobs.
“This rebar micro-mill project is consistent with our long-term strategy for profitable growth and builds on our position as the low-cost producer,” said John Ferriola, Chairman, CEO & President of Nucor. “Strategically positioning this micro-mill in Sedalia will give us a sustained cost advantage over other domestic steel producers supplying rebar from outside the region.”
Amazon, the global leader in Internet retail, is expanding into Missouri with it’s first two locations. The sortation and delivery centers will be located in the Hazelwood Logistics Center in Hazelwood, Missouri. Amazon is expected to bring 34 new full time jobs to the region, and more than 350 part time jobs.
Amazon will occupy more than 448,000 sq. ft. of space between the two buildings. Missouri Partnership was honored to support the City of Hazelwood on this project.
Exide Technologies, a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets, unveiled their new $35 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Missouri. The new 180,000 sq. ft. facility will significantly enhance the production, quality and durability of Exide automotive batteries in North America and will add up to 50 new jobs in the region.
“We are winning new business and growing market share necessitating strategic investments like this one that bring value to our customers and meet their need for high-performance batteries,” said Vic Koelsch, President and CEO of Exide Technologies. “With this new facility, we are bringing improved quality and operational efficiency improvements that serve to increase our capacity significantly which, in turn, positions Exide for continued growth in the automotive and industrial battery markets.”
One Call Care Management, a leading provider of workers’ compensation care management services, has selected the Springfield Region to expand its operations. The Jacksonville, FL-based company is utilizing an existing Springfield building and will create 100 new, full-time jobs by the end of 2017, with additional growth expected in the future.
“This is a great addition to the Springfield region,” said CEO of Missouri Partnership Steve Johnson. “One Call Care Management is a wonderful company, and we are very excited to welcome them to Missouri. This was a project that required coordination at all levels, and the joint efforts of the Springfield Regional Economic Partnership, the State and our team was excellent.”