Morning Minutes: AIG, HNTB growing in Kansas City

The addition of 300 jobs by AIG in the Kansas City area will bring its total employee count in the region to about 900. | Courtesy of eflon/Flickr
The addition of 300 jobs by AIG in the Kansas City area will bring its total employee count in the region to about 900. | Courtesy of eflon/Flickr

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

AIG to add 300 jobs in metro Kansas City

American International Group, an insurance and financial services company that employs 600 workers in Olathe, Kan., said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony that it intends to add 300 new jobs at its new contact center. AIG received state and city incentives to locate in a 55-acre business park that is under development by Karbank Development Co.

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HNTB to expand KC headquarters, add 40 jobs

HNTB Corporation, an employee-owned firm that provides planning, design, program management and construction management services, announced a $4.3 million expansion and plans to add at least 40 jobs.

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St. Louis medical device startup raises $1.25 million

Sparo Labs, a St. Louis-based medical startup grown out of Washington University, has received $1.25 million in funding from 14 angel investors in St. Louis, New York and Michigan.

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Home health care union seeking higher pay

The Missouri Home Care Union is pushing for home care attendants to be paid a minimum of $11 an hour. “Right now we have such a high turnover because most attendants are making around $8.60 an hour and they are just not able to get by on it,” said Elizabeth Travis, home care attendant and union member.

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Panera bans gun carrying in its restaurants

Panera Bread Co. is asking customers not to bring guns inside its restaurants, a policy already implemented at Chipotle, Starbucks, Sonic, Target and other stores. “Within our company, we strive to create Panera Warmth,” the company said. “This warmth means bakery-cafés where customers and associates feel comfortable and welcome.”

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