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   Governor Jay Nixon will be in St. Louis County Wednesday to publicly pitch his plan to lure a new Boeing aircraft plant to the area.  Nixon will speak to St. Louis business and civic leaders at a luncheon hosted by Progress 64 West, a group that promotes development along the Interstate 64 corridor.  

   The governor met privately with Boeing executives last week as Missouri competes with at least five other states to produce the Boeing 777X commercial airplane.

   A new plant would likely mean thousands of new jobs.  

   Republican state Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard has said he supports special tax incentives to try to land the plant.  

   Boeing expects to choose a location just after the first of the year.

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Governor Nixon was on hand for the grand opening of a high-tech bioscience research company in the Central West End. Cofactor Genomics celebrated the opening of their $3.8 million dollar headquarters at the corner of Clayton and Sarah Streets. Jarret Glasscock is the CEO and founder, and he says the biotechnology industry is key to improving the St. Louis work force.

"We're hiring individuals and talent that is considering being on the west coast or the east coast and that's the talent we're competing for" said Nixon. "So as we continue to invest in this area and we gain that reputation, it becomes easier.  It's like a snowball effect, getting more talent here. So that's what we're hoping to have."

As part of the 10,000 squat foot expansion, Cofactor plans on hiring 24 new employees. 

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The 2013 season at Busch is now over, the focus now turns outside the stadium.

Ballpark Village is set to open next year and hiring is set to begin in the coming months. Employers say they will have information sessions and job fairs upcoming. Until then, candidates may want to contact the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment. SLATE advisors are offering to help anyone hoping to work at Ballpark Village.  Services include free resume-writing workshops, job training and interview tips.

SLATE staff should start referring candidates for open positions in January. But first, you must pre-register at a SLATE office.

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   Veterans in Illinois will some be able to use their experience as military medics to become licensed practical nurses or emergency medical technicians.  That's because the state was one of six chosen by the National Governors Association to participate in the "Veterans Licensing and Certification Demonstration Policy Academy."  

   Governor Pat Quinn on Monday announced Illinois' participation in the program that eases licensing requirements for medics and helps ex-military police officers transition to civilian police forces.  

   The other state chosen to participate include Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada and Virginia.

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Enterprise Holdings, the nation's largest rental car company, plans to hire 11,000 new full-time workers by the middle of next year.

Company executive Marie Artim announced the expansion in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press.

The hiring is expected to be complete by July 31, and could boost the company's workforce to more than 80,000, depending on attrition.

The company plans to hire nearly 8,500 for management trainee positions, including many recent college graduates. Others will be hired for positions in information technology, administration and support roles at the company headquarters in suburban St. Louis, and in branch stores.

In addition to the full-time jobs, Enterprise plans to hire 1,500 interns.

Enterprise Holdings operates Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental.

 

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   Hundreds of new jobs are coming to the St. Louis area because of the Affordable Care Act.

   The contract service company, Serco is hiring 600 people in Wentzville to do health insurance processing.  Serco is a private firm that specializes in providing management, technical and other services to the federal government.

   Starting today (Monday) through Friday Serco representatives will be meeting with job applicants at the National Information Solutions Cooperative at One Innovation Circle in Lake St. Louis. The company is asking that applications be submitted online at Serco's website.  

   Anyone who wants to apply in person can do so on Friday only, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

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Thursday, 19 September 2013 01:31

Layoffs possible as Boeing ends C-17 production

   LOS ANGELES (AP) — Boeing Co. announced Wednesday that it will end production of its C-17 Globemaster III military cargo jet and close the final assembly plant in Long Beach in 2015, putting as many as 3,000 jobs at risk as orders plunged in the fragile world economy.  That includes about 300 workers in St. Louis.

   "Our customers around the world face very tough budget environments. While the desire for the C-17's capabilities is high, budgets cannot support additional purchases in the timing required to keep the production line open," Dennis Muilenburg, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said in a statement. "What's more, here in the United States the sequestration situation has created significant planning difficulties for our customers and the entire aerospace industry."

   Last week, the Long Beach plant delivered the last of 223 C-17s produced for the U.S. Air Force. Nan Bouchard, Boeing vice president and C-17 program manager, said the company will complete 22 final aircraft: seven for the Indian Air Force, two for an international customer that she declined to name, and 13 that have not yet been sold.

   "Despite strong international interest, we did not receive sufficient orders" to continue production, she said.

   Boeing said it expects the announcement to result in a charge of less than $100 million this quarter, and that will not impact financial guidance for the year.

   The company will begin reducing the C-17 workforce in 2014 at plants in Long Beach; Macon, Ga.; Mesa, Ariz.; and St. Louis. However, Boeing will make efforts to provide jobs elsewhere with the company, Bouchard said, and had plans to continue a repair and spare parts program for the planes through 2017 at least, Bouchard said.

   With modernization and upkeep, the big planes are expected to last for decades, she said.

   The massive, four-engine C-17 made its first flight in 1991, and military deliveries began about two years later. The plane is used to airlift tanks, supplies and troops as well as performing medical evacuations. It quickly became a war and disaster workhorse, prized for its ability to operate from basic airstrips and cover intercontinental distances with a full load without refueling.

   With a payload of 160,000 pounds, it is designed to airdrop 102 paratroopers and their equipment.

   Design work on the plane began at the million-plus square-foot Long Beach facility in 1981, when it was a McDonnell Douglas facility. Boeing merged with McDonnell Douglas in the 1990s. Boeing has so far delivered 257 planes worldwide, at a cost of about $311 million each when research, development and construction costs are included.

   The Long Beach plant has about 2,000 employees.

   "It will be sad that we're closing this last major production facility in Southern California but again, we're all very proud to be part of that heritage," Bouchard said.

   Boeing has about 20,000 employees in California, working on a variety of projects. That includes commercial aircraft, new markets such as cyber security and the largest satellite design and manufacturing factory in the world, Boeing said.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013 07:03

Ballpark Village is hiring

   Ballpark Village may still be under construction, but officials say they're already hiring.  

   Ballpark Village Chief Operating Officer Jim Watry told Fox 2 News that more than 1,000 positions will have to be filled before the entertainment venue opens next spring.  

   Watry says he's already looking for candidates to fill director positions. "Sales, marketing, director of operations, we have a facilities director, people who run the overall district," he said.  "And then by the first of the year, the tenants will be hiring all their people, the front line people, facilities people."

   Watry says anyone interested in the current openings can send a message through the Ballpark Village Facebook page or by emailing him directly at Jim@stlballparkvillage.com.  

 

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013 04:43

Ballpark Village is hiring

   Ballpark Village may still be under construction, but officials say they're already hiring.  

   Ballpark Village Chief Operating Officer Jim Watry told Fox 2 News that more than 1,000 positions will have to be filled before the entertainment venue opens next spring.  

   Watry says he's already looking for candidates to fill director positions. "Sales, marketing, director of operations, we have a facilities director, people who run the overall district," he said.  "And then by the first of the year, the tenants will be hiring all their people, the front line people, facilities people."

   Watry says anyone interested in the current openings can send a message through the Ballpark Village Facebook page or by emailing him directly at Jim@stlballparkvillage.com.  

 

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   CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn claims Illinois has added 80,000 jobs through foreign firms since he took office, but some economists say he can't take all the credit.

   The Chicago Democrat released new jobs figures while in Japan for a conference with other governors and business executives. He returns on Tuesday.

   Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity spokeswoman Sandra Jones says Quinn's figures come from a report from Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. That's a New Jersey-based credit reporting service for businesses. The figures are from 2009's end to earlier this year.

   University of Illinois economist Fred Giertz says the increase is possible, but much of it is automatic. He says international companies want to do business in Illinois and some will whether an elected official pushes it or not.

 

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