White River Marine Group, the manufacturing arm of Bass Pro Shops, is reopening the former Tracker Marine boat plant in the southwest Missouri town of Bolivar. Production will begin in mid-April, and Bass Pro officials say this will bring 130 jobs to Bolivar within the first year of operation. They also say strong customer demand for the company’s boats is one of the main reasons to expand their manufacturing capabilities; the plant will handle everything from welding to upholstery for Sun Tracker pontoon boats and other White River Marine brands. The facility previously housed manufacturing for aluminum boats, until it closed nine years ago due to the economic downturn.
Missouri’s congressional leaders have gone to bat for employees of Harley-Davidson’s Kansas City plant, imploring the company to keep the facility open. The Show-Me State’s two U-S senators, Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Claire McCaskill, along … [Continue reading]
People who own and run short-term rentals in Columbia—such as bed-and-breakfasts, and Air-B-and-B establishments—may find themselves hit with a hotel and sales tax soon. These smaller accommodations fill up months in advance of music festivals, … [Continue reading]
The group is supported by the U-S Small Business Administration, with a network of 10-thousand volunteers, and has worked to help those in small business for over 50 years. Mentors with SCORE come from over 600 different backgrounds, with expertise … [Continue reading]
An automotive technology company, with two plants already in Missouri, is opening a third plant in the Kansas City area, creating 300 additional jobs. Faurecia (fah-REE-she-ah) makes door panels and other interior parts for vehicles, and will begin … [Continue reading]