Department of Economic Development announces expansion of high-tech Rolla manufacturer, expected creation of 65 new jobs

April 30, 2013

ROLLA – The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) announced today that a Rolla company that manufactures materials for next-generation smart phones and other microelectronic devices will be expanding its local operations.  Brewer Science, which is planning on building a high-volume manufacturing facility in nearby Vichy, a capital investment of $20 million that is expected to create 65 new jobs, officially broke ground on the new facility today.
 
Brewer Science is a global leader in developing and manufacturing advanced materials and equipment for the reliable fabrication of cutting-edge microdevices used in electronics such as tablet computers, smart phones, digital cameras, televisions and LED lighting. Based in Rolla since 1981, Brewer Science specializes in technology that has made electronic devices smaller, thinner, lighter and more powerful. The company’s proposed new manufacturing facility will be located at the Rolla National Airport, approximately 12 miles from Brewer Science’s headquarters in Rolla. 

“The expansion of Brewer Science in Rolla, and creation of 65 new high-tech jobs, will expand the state of Missouri’s high-tech and manufacturing sector footprints, which is big win for our state’s economy,” said Governor Jay Nixon. “My administration has made a concerted effort to grow the Information Technology and Advanced Manufacturing sectors of Missouri’s economy, and this expansion is more proof that our efforts are bearing fruit.”

Missouri’s favorable business climate and innovative resources are creating economic growth around the state. Brewer Sciences’ expansion is the fourth significant expansion announcement by a manufacturer in Missouri this month, joining CertainTeed Corporation (100 new jobs, $100 million capital investment) in Jonesburg, Adrian Steel (39 new jobs, $4.7 million capital investment) in Kansas City and Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems (263 new jobs, $45 million capital investment) in Riverside. The announcement also comes one week after the state’s premiere bioscience company, Monsanto, announced a massive $400 million expansion in St. Louis County that will create 675 high-tech jobs.  

Some of Missouri’s resources and initiatives that have aided business expansions include the Certified Work Read Community Program, export assistance, customized job recruitment and screening, Certified Site designation, LocationOne site and building database, and others that can be found at www.ded.mo.gov.

To assist Brewer Science with its expansion, the Department of Economic Development has authorized a strategic economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria.
 

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