Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Matt Morrow is president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, which he said represents the voice of business.  The organization, with between 1500 and 1600 area businesses as members, is the head economic development organization for the region.  It works with other organizations, such as city and county government, utility companies and educational institutions to help manage projects of expansion and relocation of business.  About 3/4 of new jobs that are created in the area are created by businesses that are already here, he said.

Russell Diez-Canseco
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The largest national pasture-raised egg supplier has built a new home in Springfield.

Vital Farms, based in Austin, Texas, has finished building an 82,000 square foot processing plant called “Egg Central Station,” on the northwest side of Springfield.

The completion of the plant was celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

In choosing Springfield for the plant, President and Chief Operating Officer Russell Diez-Canseco tells KSMU that officials were excited to work alongside the area’s small family farmers.

3M
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The Missouri Department of Economic Development on Wednesday announced that Springfield manufacturer 3M will embark on a $40 million expansion. The company expects this to create at least 90 full-time positions over the next several years.

3M is a Minnesota based company that employs over 330 people in the Springfield area, and has over 89,000 employees company-wide.

Michele Skalicky

United Airlines will offer new service from Springfield-Branson National Airport to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport beginning June 8.

Tom Babick, chairman of the airport’s board of directors, said the new service is the airport’s 13th nonstop destination.  The average number of nonstop destinations for a city similar in size to Springfield, according to Babick, is nine.

"This is another milestone in the history of the airport and the entire community," said Babick.

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In addition to actually hosting high school juniors and seniors on-site, area businesses can get involved in GO CAPS in various ways.  One of them is to host not high school students, but teachers. One local business that has offered teachers several days’ worth of hands-on experience to take back to their classes is Elemoose, a Springfield business that fabricates signage, exhibits, sculptures, stage sets and more for clients across the country including Silver Dollar City, Dunkin’ Donuts, Disney, Bass Pro, Six Flags, and Dollywood.

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