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European Auto Supplier to Expand in O'Fallon, Create 31 Jobs
O'Fallon, MO, (SLFP.com), March 15, 2015 - The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) has announced that Universal Components Group (UCG), a UK-based aftermarket automotive parts supplier, will expand operations to the U.S., selecting O'Fallon as the location for its first ever North American distribution center. The expansion project includes a $765,000 capital investment and is expected to create 31 new jobs.
"As a top state for vehicle production, Missouri's automotive industry continues to rev up and create good jobs for families here in St. Charles County and across the Show-Me State," said Gov. Jay Nixon. "From major manufacturing plants to small suppliers, Missouri is a hub for next-generation vehicle production and today's announcement by Universal Components Group builds on this success."
UCG is a specialist independent wholesale distribution business for commercial vehicle, truck, and semi-trailer components. As the largest independent distributor of aftermarket parts in the UK, the company supplies to more than 1,000 distribution outlets worldwide. Due to its close business relationship with Wainwright Industries in Wentzville, UCG has decided to expand to an approximately 10,000 square-foot warehouse and distribution center in St. Charles County. This will be the company's first North American location.
"Universal Components Group is very excited about the new location in O'Fallon. The U.S. market is a great opportunity for us. The support we have received from the Missouri DED and our Sister company Wainwright Industries has allowed us to get our distribution footprint in place very quickly," said David Kernahan, CEO of UCG. "The business model that we are starting with has had proven success and we are confident in the next few years we will be able to grow as we have done in the U.K. UCG will continue to make significant investment into the area that will help us to be successful for a long time to come."
Jobs for America's Graduates to Expand in Missouri
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 18, 2015 - Gov. Jay Nixon visited Roosevelt High School in St. Louis to announce $2 million in state, federal and private funds for an expansion of Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG), a program that helps at-risk students stay in school and succeed in postsecondary education and the workforce.
The Governor was joined by representatives of USA Funds, a national nonprofit which has granted $750,000 to JAG-Missouri, which the state will match with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. In addition, the Governor's Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal includes $500,000 in general revenue to help school districts implement JAG. This $2 million in funding will ultimately allow an additional 50 schools to implement JAG.
"We know that education is the most powerful economic development tool we have - but too many students, especially in low-income and minority communities, are dropping out of school before earning a diploma," Gov. Nixon said. "JAG is a proven model for keeping at-risk students in school and on track to a rewarding career, and that;s why we want to expand this effort dramatically. I thank USA Funds for their generous contribution that will help put more students on a path to academic success and financial independence."
The Governor, who was named as a member of JAG's national board of directors last year and serves as Vice Chair, held a roundtable with students from Vashon High, which is already operating a JAG program. In addition to Vashon, JAG-Missouri is operating in 5 other Missouri high schools: Caruthersville, Kennett, Hayti, South Pemiscot, and Jennings Educational Training School. With the funds Gov. Nixon announced today, St. Louis Public Schools has committed to implementing JAG at Roosevelt High School and Sumner High School.
JAG-Missouri is operated and coordinated at the state level by Missouri Community College Association. This arrangement, in which the community colleges oversee the statewide implementation of the JAG model, is unique to Missouri and has attracted interest from other states as a possible new approach to achieving the JAG goals of increasing high school graduation among disadvantaged and at-risk youth and increasing their chances of moving onto successful jobs or post-secondary education.
"Staying in school, taking classes that prepare you for the next step in your education or career, and getting your degree are all keys to whether a student succeeds," said Kelvin Adams, Superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools. "We've seen how JAG is helping students at Vashon, and we want to apply that same successful outreach to help Roosevelt and Sumner students as well. I appreciate the Governor and USA Funds working together to expand this program for the good of students in St. Louis and across the state."
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Second Annual Financial Empowerment and Job Fair
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 8, 2015 - Join the City of St. Louis Treasurer's Office, St. Louis Community College (SLCC) - Forest Park, The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, The United Way of Greater St. Louis, and the St. Louis Agency for Training and Education (SLATE) at the Second Annual Financial Empowerment and Job Fair on Saturday, April 25.
The fair takes place from 11am to 3pm at SLCC-Forest Park, and is a day of family fun and financial empowerment. Parents will have an opportunity to network with employers, establish checking and savings accounts, and even get one-on-one credit counseling while children can participate in the Kid$ Zone.
"There is a tremendous need in our community to help people get the resources they need to improve their financial well-being and having a job is key," said Tishaura O. Jones, Treasurer of the City of St. Louis. The fair will be open to job-seekers and also provide several free financial literacy and job readiness classes.
Several banks and credit unions, as well as state and federal agencies, will be on hand to provide important information about second chance bank accounts, credit counseling, the unclaimed property database, identity theft, and new opportunities available through the MOST 529 College Savings Program.
A full schedule will be released soon.
The Department of Labor Warns of Email Phishing Attempt
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 1, 2015 - The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations warns that some unemployment insurance claimants have received emails that have been identified in other states as a phishing scam.
"Because of the vigilant eye of a claims specialist and a concerned claimant, the Department has been able to warn and prevent others of a potential scam," said Ryan McKenna, Director of the Missouri Labor Department. "The Department continually strives to maintain the integrity of Missouri's Unemployment Insurance system for both businesses and jobseekers.'
The suspected emails were sent from "Unemployment Advisory Department" and used one of two subjects: "Required Documents to File Unemployment in MO" or "Verfication Required: Final Notice". Email scams will often include misspellings or other common mistakes.
If you received this email, delete it immediately and do not click on the links as the website is requesting personal identifiable information that could be used in an act of fraud or theft.
The Missouri Department of Labor will never request personal information through email. Furthermore, unemployment claims can only be filed by using either the secure, online filing system (labor.mo.gov/DES/claims or moclaim.mo.gov) or by calling a Regional Claims Center. A third party entity cannot file a claim on claimant's behalf.
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