December 21, 2014

Missouri governor, legislators agree on revenue projection

Governor Jay Nixon and legislative budget leaders have agreed on the estimates of state revenue they will use in proposing the state budget for the next fiscal year.

They are predicting Missouri revenues of $8.372-billion for the fiscal year that ends in June. That’s a reduction from what both the governor and the legislature originally projected for that fiscal year.

They are predicting state revenue for 2016 to grow by about 3.6-percent over that revised 2015 revenue estimate.

The legislature and the governor did not agree on such an estimate a year ago.

Ground is broken on Boeing expansion in St. Louis

Boeing 777-9x

Boeing 777-9x

Boeing executives were joined today by Governor Jay Nixon, members of Missouri’s Congressional delegation and state and local elected officials to break ground on the company’s expansion in St. Louis to make parts for its 777X commercial aircraft.

Boeing announced in October it would expand its current composite facility and create up to 700 jobs in St. Louis to make parts for the plane. The facility is scheduled to be completed in 2016, with work on the parts for the plane to begin in 2017.

The project marks the first time Boeing has brought commercial aircraft production to St. Louis. Boeing’s St. Louis facilities have manufactured military aircraft.

Construction of the 367-thousand square-foot expanded facility will also provide up to 250 full-time construction jobs.

Cerner Corp. $4.45 billion development underway in Kansas City

cerner rendering

Rendering of Trails Campus project, courtesy Cerner Corp.)

Officials in Kansas City, state leaders and Cerner Corporation say a project started today will create up to 16,000 jobs in the next decade as part of a $4.45 billion development. Governor Jay Nixon’s office calls it the largest economic development project in state history.

Cerner, a global health information technology provider, is constructing a 4.7 million-square-foot campus at the former site of the Bannister Mall in Kansas City.

The site is planned to be developed in 16 phases and consist of 16 buildings, and is slated to generate 4,500 construction jobs in the area.

Cerner President Zane Burke told Missourinet, “That’s our expected growth over that ten years time period, is to grow to 16,000 jobs,” said Burke.  “The additional benefit to the community is the building of the project itself, which will create additional jobs to Kansas City as the project is built over that ten year period.”

“These are high-paying, high qualified jobs,” Burke continued.  “Health care workers, software engineers, consultants, very well-paying jobs that will benefit people here in Kansas City and the broad community.”

The facility will include two data centers, on service center, a training/conference center and associate amenities, including an on-site daycare and health clinic. The campus will include 370,000 square feet of retail space restaurants, stores and a hotel.

Governor Jay Nixon, said in his remarks at the event, “By redeveloping hundreds of acres of a blighted area and creating up to 16,000 jobs, Cerner’s Trails Campus will have a profound and positive impact on this region and our state for decades to come.”


Ford adds van jobs (AUDIO)

The Ford Company is jumping production of its new van at the Claycomo plant to meet demand for its new van.

Transit van has been on dealer’s lots for about three months and it’s selling well enough that Ford plans to add as many as 12-hundred more workers for a second production line at Claycomo.

Plant Manager Dan Jowiski says the company has more than met the quality jobs quotas set by the state to qualify for the tax incentives state law allows.

But the assembly line jobs are only part of the story.  Jowiski says the second assembly line will produce ripples. “For every job we add at an assembly plant,” he says, “it roughly affects our supply base and their communities with an uplift factor of nine.”

He says Ford will have 2400 workers building the various versions of the transit van by the end of the year.  Another 3600 will be building the F-150 pickup trucks.

AUDIO: Jowiski interview 7:21

GMC adding 750 jobs to Wentzville plant

General Motors will add a third shift to its plant in Wentzville to make pickups and vans, adding 750 new jobs beginning early next year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the new shift will bring employment at Wentzville to 3,350 workers. Plant manager Nancy Laubenthal says anticipated demand for two midsized pickups that will be made at Wentzville, the GMC Colorado and the GMC Canyon, played into the decision to increase production there.

This will be the first time the Wentzville plant has had three shifts.