Missouri Partnership

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:

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AGTECH COMPANY TO ESTABLISH HQ, TWO ADDITIONAL FACILITIES IN MISSOURI

Palindromes Inc., a U.S.-based, privately held corporation with a diversified project portfolio focused on sustainable and socially responsible access to the world’s most basic needs:  food, water, energy, shelter and clothing, announced plans to open three new facilities in Missouri, under its Palindromes, Sedes Soy Crush and Sedes Group LLC brands. The three projects will bring 93 new jobs to Missouri and represent more than $62 million in total capital investment.

“Palindromes and its subsidiaries are a welcome addition to Missouri, and the jobs they bring are good jobs that will support area families,” Governor Mike Parson said. “The fact that this company chose multiple locations around Missouri to establish three new businesses goes to show you that in Missouri we know how to get it done. We have the talent, we have the locations, and we have the right environment for businesses to succeed, and I look forward to seeing these businesses do just that right here in Missouri.”

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SPANISH ENGINEERING FIRM CHOOSES MISSOURI FOR US HQ, CREATES 20 NEW JOBS

Hexa Ingenieros, a Spanish engineering services company focused on designing and implementing automation process control and industrial computing services, is entering the U.S. marketplace and establishing its U.S. headquarters in Missouri. The company will operate as Hexa Engineers in the U.S.

Hexa Engineer’s U.S. HQ will be located in the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) in St. Louis, Missouri, and they will create 20 new programming and engineering jobs, with hiring beginning in Summer 2018.

“We have already spotted many opportunities to enhance American manufacturers’ competitiveness through technologies that have already been successfully implemented in Europe by Hexa Ingenieros, our parent company,” said Javier Diez, manager of Hexa Engineers. “We expect fast growth among customers all across the U.S. due to these good technical references that have been proven in Europe.”

 
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SMITH SEED SERVICES CHOOSES LAMAR, MISSOURI FOR NEW SEED COATING PLANT

The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced today that Smith Seed Services has selected Lamar, Missouri, as the location of its new Midwest seed coating plant.

“We are thrilled to welcome Smith Seed Services to Lamar, Missouri,” Governor Mike Parson said. “This company chose our state because of the great community in Lamar, the strong agricultural industry in Missouri, and our central location which allows them to reach key customers in the Midwest. We look forward to supporting their continued growth for many years to come.”

Smith Seed Services has been headquartered in Halsey, Oregon since the mid-1950s, and is an industry leader with a solid reputation for superior quality and service. This new facility is expected to create 38 new jobs in the region.

 
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AGTECH COMPANY SELECTS MISSOURI AS SITE FOR ITS NORTH AMERICAN HQ

Leaders of Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira, CTC, the world’s largest sugarcane technology company, headquartered in Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil announced today that following a nationwide search, the company has selected St. Louis, Missouri for its North American research headquarters. The newly formed subsidiary of CTC, CTC Genomics, will be temporarily located at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center while their permanent space at the Bio Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park is built.

CTC Genomics will focus on developing new platforms for sugarcane which will allow substantial quality and productivity gains. The company plans to initially employ 10-15 people in its BRDG Park location enabling them to access some of the Danforth Center’s state-of-the-art facilities including the Center’s Transformation Facility. The company plans to hold an employee recruiting event on June 6 at the Danforth Center.

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LEADING FINANCIAL SERVICES COMPANY SQUARE TO EXPAND IN MISSOURI CREATING 300+ NEW JOBS

Square Inc., a leading financial services company located in the Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis, Missouri, is doubling its footprint and creating an additional 300+ new jobs.

Square is a cohesive commerce ecosystem of payments, hardware, and software that helps sellers start, run, and grow their businesses. The company first established their presence in St. Louis in Cortex’s @4240 Building in September 2015 with 200+ new jobs to support their growing mobile payments company.

“Square is proud to be from St. Louis and thrilled to expand our presence here, where we’ve exceeded our growth expectations thanks to the wealth of local talent,” said Jim McKelvey, co-founder and director of Square. “St. Louis is home to tens of thousands of Square sellers and we’re thankful for the support of our city and state partners in furthering their growth. We’re excited for what’s ahead.”

 
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SPANISH COMPANY CHOOSES MISSOURI AS SITE FOR NEW U.S. HEADQUARTERS

BH North America Corporation, a Spanish-owned premium fitness equipment, bicycle and garage cabinetry company, is relocating its US headquarters from California to St. Charles, Missouri. The move brings 50 new jobs to the region.

“Missouri is perfectly positioned at the intersection of the east-west and north-south shipping corridors,” said Dan Foust, president and CEO of BH North America. “We can ship products anywhere in the US in a couple of days and eliminate a lot of waste in rent and taxes. This strategic location and cost savings will allow us to innovate, invest in our people and increase our competitiveness in the marketplace.”


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