Missouri Minute: Boeing prepares for potential Air Force order; University of Missouri to reallocate $25 million

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Happy Earth Day. As you celebrate the pale blue dot we call home, get up to speed on the Missouri business news of the day. We have more information on Missouri’s 2018 population changes, Bass Pro Shops’ lawsuit over timeshare kiosks and a coding boot camp attempting to broaden its reach to veterans.


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Boeing’s St. Louis County plants prepares for potential Air Force order
Fifteen years since the Hazelwood plant delivered its last order for the Air Force, Boeing is prepping for what it says is renewed interest from the government. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

University of Missouri to reallocate $25 million
The university will restructure finances across the board, mainly in administrative offices, to put more funds toward scholarship and research. (Columbia Missourian)

Bass Pro Shops sues company for ‘high pressure salesmanship’
The Springfield-based outdoor brands giant is seeking at least $10 million from Bluegreen Vacations Unlimited, which sells timeshares from kiosks in Bass Pro stores. (Springfield News-Leader)

St. Louis coding boot camp aims to expand with VA funding
Four-year-old Claim Academy received approval from the Veterans Administration for funding under the GI Bill and plans to expand its programming to military bases. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Initial renderings released for St. Louis MLS stadium
The group working to secure a Major League Soccer team has drafted blueprints for a 22,000-seat stadium west of Union Station. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

St. Louis County company forms joint venture with Italian firm
Metal Exchange Corp. is joining forces with Novellini Industries to co-own the new company, novALmec, to produce aluminum products. (St. Louis Business Journal)


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“One of them said he might be able to plant 10 percent of his farm. The other was hoping to get 30 percent of his farm planted. So people will work in around the edges where it dries the first, but most of it won’t be planted.”

Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst says Missouri farmers are still struggling to recover from last month’s flood damage, KCUR reports. Many farmers are waiting for Gov. Mike Parson to declare a federal disaster declaration, which he is expected to do this week.


Go figure

52

That is the number of Missouri counties, out of 114 total, that declined in population last year, according to new census data. While counties in southeast Missouri lost the most, Lincoln County, about 60 miles north of St. Louis, saw the biggest increase of 2.8%. Overall, the state’s population grew by about 0.3%, to just more than 6.1 million, the Associated Press reports.


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Recycle glass, get beer. That’s the deal Monday in Kansas City, where Ripple Glass, the homegrown glass recycling operation, will be among the Missouri-based businesses sponsoring Earth Day promotions.


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Ryan and Terry Anderson

The two brothers who co-founded Platform Ventures have grown the Kansas City-based real estate investment firm to $1.4 billion in assets, the Kansas City Business Journal reports.

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