Bass Pro Shops and White River Marine Group are expanding the Tracker Boats plant in Bolivar.  According to the company in a news release, the expansion is expected to add 300 new manufacturing jobs to the region.

The expansion is due to strong demand for the expanded line of Sun Tracker Bass Buggy pontoon models, the company said.


Those who live in the Bolivar area will soon have more options for healthcare without having to drive to Springfield.  The Mercy Bolivar Multispecialty Clinic will open to patients on Monday, October 7.  A blessing and ribbon cutting for the facility were held Friday.

The 43,000-square-foot building is located at 3817 S. Springfield Ave. in Bolivar.  It replaces Mercy’s family medicine and urgent care clinic and, while Mercy will still provide family medicine and urgent care, the new clinic will offer more services than the old one.

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson formally announced Sunday he’s running for a second term as the state's chief executive. This will be the first time he campaigns for that office because he ascended to the post after former governor Eric Greitens resigned last year amid scandal. 

In his hometown of Bolivar, Parson officially announced his bid for the 2020 gubernatorial spot in front of a crowd of supporters who had gathered in the local high school.

Bass Pro Shops

A boat manufacturer is renewing operations in Bolivar.  Bass Pro Shops announced Wednesday its manufacturing arm, White River Marine Group, will reopen its Bolivar facility in response to strong customer demand and an expanding market for its boat brands.

White River Marine plans to add more than 130 new employees at the plant within its first year of operation.  It will begin boat production in mid-April and will handle everything from welding to upholstery for Sun Tracker pontoons and other brands.