Missouri Expansions & Accolades On Rise In October

capitol-flowersAs the weather begins to cool, announcements of expansions and accolades are heating up in Missouri. Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., a global producer of water management solutions and manufacturer of high performance thermoplastic corrugated pipe, is building a 72,650 sq. ft. manufacturing plant in Harrisonville, Missouri. This will be the company’s first plant in Missouri and is expected to create more than 50 new jobs for the region.

Expansion news continued to pour in as Avison Young, the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm, announced the opening of a newly formed office in St. Louis, Missouri, and Coolfire Solutions, a St. Louis-based startup founded in 2010, cut the ribbon on its newly renovated headquarters facility, where it plans to add an additional 11 jobs to its current pool of employees.

“The rich tech ecosystem that makes St. Louis a national leader in the industry is good for startups as well as well-established national and global companies,” said Mike Downing, Director, Missouri Department of Economic Development. “The success of companies like Coolfire Solutions drives the entrepreneurial culture and tech excellence Missouri is well-known for.”

In addition to expansions and new facilities, Missouri cities have been the recipients of several top accolades. St. Louis, Missouri has been named one of the top 10 U.S. cities for tech jobs according to Glassdoor. The report was based on factors including cost of living, job satisfaction, and work-life balance. According to the study there are more than 49,000 tech jobs in St. Louis including software developers, data scientists, and IT project managers.

Kansas City joined St. Louis on a list of “Top 50 Logistics Cities in the U.S.” ranking 5th and 6th, respectively in overall logistics structure. St. Louis also ranked 1st in transportation and warehousing workforce, 5th in interstate highway infrastructure and 5th in railroad infrastructure.

With its strategic location, globally connected infrastructure, economic diversity, competitive business and labor costs, highly-skilled and hard working talent and a statewide commitment to attracting companies and investment, Missouri is a place where companies come to grow and thrive.