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:
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.”
Heartland Dental, the nation’s largest dental support organization serving approximately 1,400 supported dentists across more than 900 dental offices, announced today its decision to expand with a new non-clinical support office in St. Louis, Missouri.
“As our network of supported dentists grows, so must our infrastructure of support that is our tireless commitment to serve the needs of doctors and their dental office teams,” said Patrick Bauer, Heartland Dental President and CEO. “The St. Louis region has the right mix of central location, affordable real estate and talent to help Heartland Dental grow. We are grateful for the city’s warm welcome, and excited to bring jobs to the local economy.”
GESS International, a highly experienced and globally established renewable energy service company, is expanding with four new Green Energy Biogas Plants across Missouri. The plants will bring more than $145 million in investment into communities in Miller and Audrain counties, and are expected to create 84 new jobs.
“Investing into renewable energy projects provides opportunities to simultaneously generate significant financial returns, while mitigating or addressing societal and environmental challenges,” said Olga Bryzhan, the Director of GESS International.
SwipeSum, a financial services technology firm, has announced the location of its new headquarters in the Laclede’s Landing neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri. The company announced their decision to relocate to Missouri from the west coast in 2018.
The company describes itself as a platform that helps merchants navigate the mess of credit card processing and its related services and fees, and was previously headquartered in Los Angeles.
“At that point, SwipeSum was just me and my brother, Stephen,” said SwipeSum CEO Michael Seaman. “He had been living here for a few years and convinced me to relocate to St. Louis so we could work from the same space. When I got here, I was blown away by what St. Louis had to offer.”