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Online Custom Cabinet Company Selects St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), January 8, 2018 - CliqStudios, the nation's largest online retailer of semi-custom kitchen cabinets based on revenue, will invest $1.95 million to locate a new cabinet design center in Missouri. The company's expansion is expected to create 98 new high-wage jobs in the St. Louis area.
The Minnetonka, Minn.-based company will open its new design center in St. Louis County in order to accommodate its quickly growing customer base. CliqStudios cited Missouri's workforce, labor cost, available real estate, overall cost and incentives as key reasons Missouri was selected. The company is currently working through the lease on its new St. Louis location.
Founded in 2010, CliqStudios is changing how consumers remodel their homes by selling cabinets factory direct nationwide through its website, CliqStudios.com. CliqStudios.com is America's largest kitchen design studio and the leading online seller of semi-custom kitchen cabinets. According to the company, by buying direct consumers earn significant savings on their cabinets while still receiving products specifically designed for their space.
"The St. Louis Regional Chamber is excited CliqStudios chose St. Louis as a new location for their back office operations," Joe Reagan, CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, said. "This is further evidence that our talented workforce is attractive to companies looking to grow their business."
To assist with CliqStudios' entry into Missouri, the Missouri Department of Economic Development offered a strategic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation criteria.
Missouri Hits Record Employment
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 26, 2016 - A new report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed Missouri's net gain of 57,100 jobs over the last year led all eight of its neighboring states; the Show Me State also ranked in the top ten nationwide in new jobs. The same data showed Missouri was tied for the largest statistically significant decrease in the nation in the unemployment rate in November.
In a release, Governor Jay Nixon said, "On my very first day in office, I pledged to turn Missouri's economy around and create good jobs for working families across our state. Over the last eight years, we've cut our unemployment rate in half, revitalized our manufacturing industry and made Missouri an internationally-recognized center of high-tech innovation and entrepreneurship. This report showing Missouri leading the region in job growth is more proof that hard work pays off. By balancing budgets and making smart investments in our students and workers, we've positioned Missouri to compete and win in the global economy."
The BLS report also showed Missouri's nonfarm payroll employment grew by 1,900 jobs in November, reaching a new record high for the state with 2,842,200 jobs. The state's unemployment rate for November also went down by four-tenths of a point to 4.7 percent.
In August, Missouri was named the 6th best state in the nation for its annual advanced manufacturing industry job growth in a new report from the Brookings Institution. The same report also found that Missouri is the 8th best state in the nation for output growth of its advanced manufacturing industry.
Enterprise Plans to Hire Nearly 10,000 College Graduates for Management Training Program
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 13, 2016 - Enterprise Holdings Inc. has announced plans to hire nearly 10,000 college graduates into its Management Training Program and more than 2,000 interns into its Management Internship Program worldwide in 2017.
Each year, Enterprise hires thousands of college-educated, career-oriented men and women into its renowned Management Training and Management Internship programs - both of which teach employees how to run a business, empower teams and provide excellent face-to-face customer service. Other hallmarks include extensive training in a wide range of business skills, including profit and loss management, business-to-business marketing and sales, and operational logistics.
"Nearly 100 percent of our senior leadership team, including President and CEO Pam Nicholson and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Chrissy Taylor, started out in our Management Training Program," said Marie Artim, Vice President of Talent Acquisition for Enterprise Holdings.
Additional full-time time opportunities, including positions in accounting and finance, sales and customer service, and information technology (IT), also are available to support these business lines - at both regional administrative offices throughout the world, and at the company's corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri.
"For nearly 60 years, thousands of highly motivated employees have been rewarded with new and challenging opportunities at Enterprise," said Artim. "By promoting almost exclusively from within, we are building the next generation of leaders for our company."
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SLATE Receives $1 Million Job Training Grant To Help Train St. Louis Workers
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 11, 2016 - The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) American Job Center has announced receipt of $977,793 in grant funds, made available through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), to help individuals pursue the education and training necessary to advance their careers or obtain employment.
SLATE was part of a group, led by Employ Milwaukee and consisting of Kansas City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Gary (Indiana), Detroit, and Milwaukee, that applied under the America's Promise grant opportunity. The grant has been titled the Compete Midwest America's Promise Alliance (CMAPA); the total amount awarded across all participating cities was $6 million.
To implement CMAPA in St. Louis, SLATE will enroll/train 250 participants - unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers, with special emphasis on low-income/disadvantaged populations. They will be provided with financial assistance to earn a degree or credential necessary to obtain middle- to high-skilled jobs. CMAPA will also coordinate key regional stakeholders to design new training and employment schemes, enhance participation of local businesses in hiring and retaining talent, and integrate efforts to fully leverage the cost of case management and supporting services among CMAPA's partners.
Participants must be 16 years or older and not currently in school. More than 1,430 individuals will be trained through this grant over the four (4)-year period.
CMAPA's primary goal of growing regional economies will be achieved by targeting high-demand industries with significant projected growth. These industries include Advanced Manufacturing, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Information Technology (IT), as well as IT-related occupations.
"We have developed a program that will strengthen and help grow economies and workforce not only in St. Louis but the Midwest region at large. Strategic and planning efforts are better done in collaboration - regional partnerships work across the state lines to efficiently use resources and learn best practices from each other," said Michael K. Holmes, SLATE's Executive Director.
SLATE will be engaging participants in American Job Centers either through traditional adult and dislocated worker programs or as referrals from partner education and training providers and employers. On-the-Job Training (OJT) will be essential element to the service strategy, based on options that are the best fit for each participant. Targeted occupations include Financial Analyst, Personal Financial Advisor, Industrial Machinery Mechanic, Computer Controller, Pharmacy Technician, Registered Nurse, Medical Assistant, Medical/Clinical Technologist, Medical Records Coding, Computer Support Desk, Computer Systems Analyst, Software Developer, Computer Programmer, and Cyber Security.
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