Another business is closing up shop in the St. Louis Area. KSDK-TV reports that the Coca-Cola production facility in Maryland Heights will close permanently March 28th.
Maryland Heights Mayor Mike Moeller tells the station the closure will affect about 100 employees. Most of them are production workers and maintenance mechanics.
Moeller says Coke is indicating the displaced workers will be offered jobs at other facilities, training for new positions, or a severance package.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is calling state lawmakers back to the Capitol to consider incentives aimed at attracting a massive Boeing Co. production facility to the state.
Officials are hoping to entice Boeing to produce its 777X passenger jet in Missouri. Several other states also have been discussing trying to land the project, and Boeing hopes to make a decision early next year.
Nixon called the special legislative session Friday. It will start Monday, Dec. 2, which is about a month before lawmakers convene their regular session on Jan. 8.
Boeing is already one of Missouri's largest employers, with about 15,000 people including thousands of machinists in the St. Louis area.
Governor Jay Nixon will be in St. Louis County Wednesday to publicly pitch his plan to lure a new Boeing aircraft plant to the area. Nixon will speak to St. Louis business and civic leaders at a luncheon hosted by Progress 64 West, a group that promotes development along the Interstate 64 corridor.
The governor met privately with Boeing executives last week as Missouri competes with at least five other states to produce the Boeing 777X commercial airplane.
A new plant would likely mean thousands of new jobs.
Republican state Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard has said he supports special tax incentives to try to land the plant.
Boeing expects to choose a location just after the first of the year.
Governor Nixon was on hand for the grand opening of a high-tech bioscience research company in the Central West End. Cofactor Genomics celebrated the opening of their $3.8 million dollar headquarters at the corner of Clayton and Sarah Streets. Jarret Glasscock is the CEO and founder, and he says the biotechnology industry is key to improving the St. Louis work force.
"We're hiring individuals and talent that is considering being on the west coast or the east coast and that's the talent we're competing for" said Nixon. "So as we continue to invest in this area and we gain that reputation, it becomes easier. It's like a snowball effect, getting more talent here. So that's what we're hoping to have."
As part of the 10,000 squat foot expansion, Cofactor plans on hiring 24 new employees.