Morning Minutes: Ford adds KC jobs, data breach hits Jimmy John’s

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The addition of 1,200 employees to build the Transit van at Ford’s Kansas City-area plant will make the facility the largest producer of Ford vehicles in the world. | Chris DeRosier/Missouri Business Alert

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

Ford hires 1,200 workers at Kansas City-area plant

Ford Motor Co. announced that it will start a second shift at its Claycomo assembly plant in November to support strong orders for its new Transit van. With the hiring of 1,200 more employees, the Claycomo plant will employ more than 6,000 workers by the end of this year and will make more vehicles each year than any other Ford plant in the world.

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Report shows Bakken crude oil shipments across western Missouri

As many as 10 trains carrying a type of crude oil that has ignited in multiple derailments are passing through Kansas City and three counties in the metropolitan area, according to reports released by the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency.

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Kansas City Chamber targets pre-school education as priority

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and a regional council decided to set a new goal for their “Big 5” initiative: ensure that every child in the area is kindergarten-ready.

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Jimmy John’s reports data breach in Missouri restaurants

Jimmy John’s reported that customer credit and debit card data were stolen from 216 locations nationwide, including 14 across Missouri. The company said log-in credentials were stolen from Jimmy John’s point-of-sale vendor, which allowed hackers to remotely access the payment systems at some stores from June 16 to Sept. 5.

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Hollister named president of Railcar Industries

American Railcar Industries, a St. Charles-based manufacturer of hopper and tank railcars, said it has named Jeffrey Hollister as president and chief executive. He joined American Railcar in 2005 and became president and interim CEO in October, when he succeeded James Cowan.

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