• Welcoming New Jobs and Businesses to St. Louis

    Feb 02, 2017

    As we begin a new month, we want to share some exciting news from the Chamber and our partners.

    Trans-Lux Announcement

    Governor Greitens congratulated LED and lighting supplier Trans-Lux for creating new jobs in our region. Trans-Lux expanded to a refurbished Ford Motor factory in Hazelwood in late 2016.  The Governor offered his ongoing assistance to help Trans-Lux be successful. The Regional Chamber offers our special congratulations to our partners, the State of Missouri, the Missouri Partnership, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, World Trade Center St. Louis, the City of St. Louis, and the City of Hazelwood, for this win.

    Ameren Tech Partnership with Atomation

    Ameren and Atomation recently announced a pilot project that involves attaching small sensors to utility poles and wirelessly transmitting information about any movement the poles make. This partnership will use these sensors to streamline data from pole inspections, especially after strong winds or storms move through the area.

    Atomation is a tech company based in Israeli and we’re thrilled that it has picked St.  Louis to base its U.S. operations. This movement was made possible by Ameren, Atomation, GlobalSTL, and BioSTL.

    Nestlé USA to Move Headquarters to Virginia

    We also want to extend our robust congratulations to Nestlé USA on its announcement of relocating its IT operations from California to St. Louis. This move will not only create quality, high-paying jobs for our community, it also validates our workforce talent and the ability for companies to relocate their technology and innovation hubs to the area. Nestlé Purina, a Swiss-based company, currently has a large presence and prominent history in the St. Louis region with locations in both downtown St. Louis and Gray’s Summit.

    This announcement continues to place St. Louis as a strong competitor for tech jobs.  In 2015, KPMG relocated hundreds of IT jobs here and last year Cushman & Wakefield announced it was bringing similar jobs to the region.

  • Announcing CliqStudios' Expansion to St. Louis County

    Jan 06, 2017

    Happy New Year!

    We are opening 2017 with news of success for St. Louis County.  This announcement aligns with our One Plan for Regional Prosperity, which is a people-first approach to economic development to make our region a more attractive place for all people to live, work and invest. With the support of our Regional Investors, we are able to focus on executing our strategy so that we may bring you results-based announcements such as this one.

    Today, Governor Jay Nixon announced that CliqStudios, the nation’s largest online retailer of semi-custom kitchen cabinets based on revenue, is expanding to open a new design center in St. Louis County. This $1.95 million expansion to Creve Coeur, will also create 98 new high-wage jobs in the St. Louis area.  CliqStudios chose St. Louis over Cincinnati, OH for the expansion due to our talented workforce, available real estate and the overall cost of doing business. This project is quickly moving forward to accommodate the demand of services that CliqStudios currently offers.

    The company, founded in 2010 and based out of Minnetonka, Minnesota, allows customers to remodel their homes through the website, CliqStudios.com. Customers work directly with designers in the design center to create a new layout for their kitchen using semi-custom kitchen cabinets. The cabinets are shipped, factory-direct, to the customer which results in faster service and significant savings to the customer.

    This economic development win could not have been possible without the Missouri Partnership and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. We want to extend our congratulations and thanks to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger for their support and leadership. Finally, I want to congratulate Lori Becklenberg, the St Louis Regional Chamber’s Director of New Business Development for her project leadership with CliqStudios.

    Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working together for results in 2017!

     Joe