Ozarks Business/Economy

Russell Diez-Canseco
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The largest national pasture-raised egg supplier has built a new home in Springfield.

Vital Farms, based in Austin, Texas, has finished building an 82,000 square foot processing plant called “Egg Central Station,” on the northwest side of Springfield.

The completion of the plant was celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

In choosing Springfield for the plant, President and Chief Operating Officer Russell Diez-Canseco tells KSMU that officials were excited to work alongside the area’s small family farmers.

TeleTech
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A global telecommunications company is expanding its Springfield operations and will add another 200 plus jobs initially.

TeleTech Holdings, Inc. has an existing customer experience center in Springfield. It currently employs over 1,000 in the metro area. In a news release issued Wednesday, the company says it is opening a satellite location in Springfield this summer at 3216 S. National. The 20,000-square foot site is the former home of ITT Technical Institute.

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Antitrust regulators have signed off on Springfield-based Bass Pro Shops’ $4 billion acquisition of fellow hunting-fishing outfitter Cabela’s.

Cabela’s, based in Nebraska, said Wednesday the Federal Trade Commission had ended its investigation into the deal earlier this week.

Ken Simonson
Scott Harvey / KSMU

The chief economist for The Associated General Contractors of America says the nation’s construction climate is poised for increased spending and employment, although qualified workers will remain hard to find. 

Ken Simonson offered remarks at the AGC’s annual convention in Branson Wednesday under the title Will 2017 Bring Prosperity or Peril to Construction?

“I think we’ve seen a huge growth in uncertainty since Election Day,” Simonson told KSMU, visiting the studio in Springfield shortly after his speech.

Officials with Bolivar-based Citizens Memorial Hospital and CoxHealth in Springfield have signed a letter of intent to merge the two, making CMH a part of Cox.

The announcement came in a joint press release Friday morning.

It describes a due diligence period during which both entities will explore the details of one another’s business practices before reaching a final agreement. That could come as soon as mid-2017.

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