February 20, 2017

Missouri Business Today February 20, 2017

February 20, 2017

Auto Alert- 300+ jobs

Another company is moving their headquarters from the Golden State to the Show-Me State. Last week, Gov. Eric Greitens announced California-based AutoAlert plans to move its headquarters to Kansas City, Mo., and create hundreds of additional high-paying jobs in the future. AutoAlert is the industry leader in automotive software communications, utilizing data mining and trade-cycle management tools.

Springfield flights take off

The state’s south-western gem, Springfield, is experiencing unprecedented growth. According to the Springfield Business Journal, the city’s hotel industry had a record year, with more than 1.3 million hotel rooms filled in 2016. Springfield’s tourism growth is expected to continue, with four new hotels scheduled to open this year.

Mo Autos, Mo Jobs

The automotive industry has been the talk of the state recently. Missouri’s auto industry was recently recognized for several milestones in 2016, including a 16 percent rise in production numbers and a 33 percent increase in exports. Last week, another report by the Southern Business and Development Magazine showed explosive growth for Missouri, with more than 100,000 new auto jobs since 2008.

KC IT firm grows

The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced last week that Code Koalas, a website design and development agency, is expanding in Kansas City by creating 88 new jobs in the next five years. Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Code Koalas attributed its decision to deepen its roots in Missouri to the low cost of living and Kansas City’s great support system for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Ardent expands in STL

Another tech company is expanding in the “Silicon Valley” of the Midwest. St. Charles-based startup Ardent IT Solutions announced plans to create nearly a dozen high-paying jobs in the next couple of years. Ardent IT consultants and technicians help companies identify and correct problems with their systems and develop new and innovative solutions to meet their business’ technology needs and budgets.