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GESS International Expanding With Four New Green Biogas Facilities In Missouri

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Fintech Firm Finds New Home In Missouri

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Advanced Manufacturing Company to Invest in Macon, Missouri

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In Their Words

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. 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.

— John Ferriola / Nucor

Kansas City is the ideal location for our punched grid manufacturing center of excellence given its proximity to key Exide customers and our existing manufacturing facilities as well as access to an experienced local workforce.

— Vic Koelsch / Exide Technologies

The new production facility in Joplin will drastically scale up production to several thousand batteries per month, enabling us to keep pace with growing demand while also refining manufacturing processes and accelerating development efforts. The end result will be a turnkey engineering package we can deliver to manufacturers with customer demand already built into the equation.

— Randy Moore / ZAF Energy Systems Inc.

One Call utilizes clinical oversight to help create better outcomes for employers and injured workers, so making sure we can hire and train candidates in Springfield who can provide this kind of specialized service was critical to our decision. Finding an available ‘plug and play’ building in Springfield meant we could fast track our new service center for our customers.

— Chris Watson / One Call Care Management

This move to Missouri is a well thought through strategy where all the benefits for all counterparts are optimized. The local authorities have been very easy to work with to help develop this project.

— Raimo Helasmäki / Nammo AS

The team loves the downtown location and the opportunity it provides. This area is rich with innovation and AutoAlert is excited to be added to the mix. AutoAlert is raising the bar to bring high paying tech jobs right to the heart of Kansas City and the Silicon Prairie.

— Mike Dullea / AutoAlert

Our meetings with representatives of Missouri and Gov. Greitens demonstrated that they are business-friendly and understand what we need as a company to be successful.

— James Debney / American Outdoor Brands

We have been very impressed with the business-friendly approach that the State of Missouri, Johnson County and the City of Warrensburg have provided. This project demonstrates our commitment to western Missouri by creating hundreds of jobs in the region. We are proud to become a bigger part of the local community.

— Bob Sasser / Dollar Tree

The decision to build our second milk plant in Columbia culminates several years of research and diligence to determine the optimal location for a new processing operation. Columbia was the best choice because it offers a location that expands and improves the efficiency of our total supply chain, from organic feed, to milk, to consumer. Central Missouri also offers a great workforce and attractive access to major interstate highways. We are excited to break ground on our new facility later this spring.

— Marc Peperzak / Aurora Organic Dairy

The central location with improved transportation access from the I-44 corridor and intermodal rail connections in St. Louis and Kansas City will allow us to quickly connect with our customers across the country. Here, we have found an excellent regional manufacturing workforce and a competitive business climate overall, which factored into the final decision to locate to Rolla.

— Gerry Lavis / Hartmann North America

Missouri as the ‘Heartland’ of American agriculture is the natural U.S. home for NRGene. Our strong partnership with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center brought us to St. Louis, and GlobalSTL convinced us to stay.

— Gil Ronen / NRGene

Over nine decades, our employees in St. Louis have played a crucial role in the growth of our firm, from both a local and global perspective.

— Joseph Stettinius / Cushman & Wakefield

Our supply chain and manufacturing facilities are also located in the Midwest. Housing our corporate offices in St. Louis will allow Solid Gold Pet to centralize our support for our customers and vendors, which means increased efficiency and productivity.

— Bob Rubin / Solid Gold Pet

We initially considered Springfield based on its proximity to our farms and infrastructure, but we’ve come to appreciate and embrace the community’s talented workforce, diligent coordination and authentic partnership. The people of Springfield are truly exceptional.

— Russell Diez-Canseco / Vital Farms

For a business like ours that ships coffee to a lot of places, it is important to be centrally located. There are many places we can get to quickly from Missouri.

— Tricia Zimmer Ferguson / Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company

What I like about Missouri is the people. I like the work ethic that comes with the people. I like the honesty you encounter.

— Gregg Scheller / Katalyst Surgical

We would find it difficult to replace the work force, many of whom are very technically skilled people. Missouri is good for Leggett & Platt, because of people, resources, economic incentives, and low tax burden.

— Dave Haffner / Leggett & Platt

We have some untapped, unrealized potential here. If there’s anyplace that’s going to take the lead in the global marketplace, it’s going to be St. Louis. St. Louis is visionary, open-minded.

— David Steward / World Wide Technology

People here have an excellent work ethic. And there’s a sense of extended family in the area. It’s feels like a wholesome, down home country atmosphere with the amenities that you would expect in a metropolitan area.

— Randy Moore / EaglePicher Technologies

The work ethic here is really good. People come in and work hard. They’re used to working hard before we hire them.

— Jack Prim / Jack Henry & Associates

For manufacturing, overall costs of labor, utilities, cost of land and buildings and the skilled labor pool, Missouri is one of the best values in the country.

— Patrick Leinert / Leinco Technologies

Central location has been key to Bodine’s success...you can get anywhere from Missouri, pretty much in any direction.

— Bob Lloyd / Bodine Aluminum

We export to Japan, China, France, Spain, Hungary, and Scotland. I have also shipped to South Africa, and I’ll be looking to start some work in New Zealand before too long.

— Leroy Cardwell / Cardwell Lumber

Today there are more financial services firms headquartered in St. Louis than in any other city in the U.S. besides New York. That’s okay. Good competitors make you better.

— Jim Weddle / Edward Jones

There are cost advantages to working out of Missouri. Corporate taxes, fuel taxes and property taxes are very low in the state. Utility costs among the lowest in the country.

— Hugh Gilmore / Integrated Wind Energy

I’m not sure what my expectations were, but I’ve been surprised by the talent of the pool we’ve got to work with in the local area, and by ‘the local area’ I mean not only Columbia, but St. Louis, Kansas City, and Rolla.

— Jim Chapdelaine / IBM

One of our top executives was working for us out in Los Altos, California. And he came to us and said,’Please let me move there.’ He’s been in Kansas City 3 or 4 years now, and he loves it. I don’t think you could get him to leave.

— Augie Grasis III / Handmark

The “animal health corridor” aims to encourage more businesses to come to Missouri and to help local universities and high schools build up a pool of competent graduates.

— George Heidgerken / Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica

Springfield is so diversified and so entrepreneurial. There’s opportunity here, even in a down time. That tells you something about the resiliency of the people and the local economy.

— Jack Stack / SRC

From a strategic standpoint, we figured Missouri was the right place to be, because most of our competition was out on the west coast.

— Jeff and Cara Canon / ProEnergy Services

I've lived in a lot of places, and there is a difference here in how people conduct themselves. There is a strong work ethic and friendliness that I haven't found elsewhere.

— Dr. Susanne Cohen / Triumph Pharmaceuticals

This workforce at our Lebanon, Missouri facility is as resilient as any I’ve seen, and this community works very closely with us. The city officials and economic development people call on us personally, and that is important to us as a corporate and community partner.

— Randy Nielsen / Emerson Climate Technologies

Our staff understands glass science and technology. This is a company that grew out of the research and talent being incubated at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.

— Ted Day / Mo-Sci Corporation

We train displaced workers in rural Missouri for today's IT jobs to keep those jobs in the country. Missouri incentives got us started. The work ethic of our employees keeps us going.

— Shane Mayes / Onshore Outsourcing