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. The Missouri Partnership is the most important "front wheel" in business recruitment for the Hawthorn Foundation. 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:
Dakota Bodies plans to hire 132 employees in the next 2 years and 4.1 Million in Capital investment over the next 5 years as they grow their operations.
“This is a great investment in Liberty by Dakota Bodies that will create more than 100 life-changing jobs in the community,” Subash Alias, CEO of Missouri Partnership, said. “Missouri is a global leader in manufacturing, with leading-edge workforce training solutions and a statewide commitment to supporting the businesses that invest and create jobs here. It was an honor to work with Dakota Bodies, the State of Missouri and Liberty EDC on this attraction project.”
Niagara Bottling, LLC, a family owned manufacturer headquartered in Ontario, Canada, announced today it will open a new production facility in Kansas City, Missouri.
“We are extremely excited about selecting Kansas City, Missouri, as the location for Niagara Bottling, LLC’s newest plant in the Midwest,” Niagara Bottling’s Executive Vice President Brian Hess said. “We appreciate the region’s focus on supporting the advanced manufacturing and logistics sectors, and coordinated response to our unique project opportunity. As Niagara continues to grow and gain market share, this location in Kansas City positions us well to serve our existing customers while expanding our customer base and reaching new markets. We will quickly launch the hiring process to build our local plant team, and will continue to work with our development team and local government partners to deliver our facility by early 2020. We envision a very bright future for the Niagara team in Kansas City.”
MISSOURI – GESS International, a highly experienced and globally established renewable energy company, previously announced plans to construct four Green Energy Biogas Plants across Missouri in March 2019. Among the Missouri developments there will now be an additional facility built in Chariton County, Missouri.
The new $40 million investment will create 21 new jobs for the surrounding community. On an annual basis, this Biogas facility will convert 140,000 tons of cattle and swine manure and 70,000 tons of agricultural residues into 550,000 MMbtu worth of Renewable Natural Gas. This output is enough to power 6,800 homes for one year, while reducing methane emissions and any potential environmental impacts from local farm operations.
“The benefits of these projects will make a positive impact into the local economy and agricultural industry by adding a major investment into the local tax base, creating and training new employees for the operations of these plants, creating a new revenue stream for area farmers, all while creating a renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Seth Daughety, GESS International’s Grant Coordinator, said.
Empire Comfort Systems, an advanced manufacturing company, announced its plans to expand, and broke ground on its new 130,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The new facility represents $10 million in investment, and is expected to bring 140 new jobs to the region.
“We’ve had many successes in the last few years with new manufacturers taking over existing buildings and manufacturers expanding in Poplar Bluff,” said Chamber of Commerce President Steve Halter. “However, we’re excited that this is our first new manufacturer with a new ground-up building in almost 30 years. I believe that Empire Comfort will be a great fit for our community.”
Conexon, a professional consulting company that works exclusively with electric cooperatives to bring fiber to the home in rural communities across the country, has established its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. The company has also launched a full-service NOC, Network Engineering and Technical Support Call Center in the same location to support its clients in broadband deployment and operations.
“Our business is rural and Kansas City is in the heart of rural America,” said Randy Klindt, Conexon founder and partner. “Kansas City has a friendly Midwest feel and a growing technology industry. That combined with family and key partners in the area made Kansas City the obvious choice for our headquarters.”
Scollar Inc, a Silicon Valley-based animal health technology startup, announced plans to relocate its headquarters to Kansas City, Missouri, to launch its suite of products and expand the company in the Animal Health Corridor. Scollar will scale its administrative, customer success, sales, and marketing teams in Kansas City.
“We are thrilled to welcome Scollar to our state,” said Missouri Governor Mike Parson. “Missouri has more than 8,000 projected tech openings across the state, and we are determined to fill them. We look forward to working with companies like Scollar to continue growing and developing high paying, high demand technology jobs in Missouri.”