Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

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.

Battlefield Mall

Employers needing seasonal workers ahead of the holiday season will meet with job seekers later this month in Springfield.

The Battlefield Mall Seasonal Hiring Event takes place Tuesday, Oct. 18, with open positions in retail, food services and more.

From 11 a.m.-4 p.m. multiple employers will gather at the main entrance to meet applicants.

“This is an opportunity to meet with some of the hiring managers. This should be treated like an interview,” Megan Short, communications coordinator for the department of workforce development, said.

Bass Pro Shops
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Citing highly complementary business philosophies and product offerings, Springfield-based Bass Pro Shops will acquire rival Cabela’s in a deal valued at $5.5 billion.

A joint press release issued Monday says Bass Pro is paying $65.50 per share in cash to attain the Nebraska-based company, a transaction that is expected to close in the first half of 2017. The two brands serving outdoor enthusiasts will operated independently until then.

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In addition to actually hosting high school juniors and seniors on-site, area businesses can get involved in GO CAPS in various ways.  One of them is to host not high school students, but teachers. One local business that has offered teachers several days’ worth of hands-on experience to take back to their classes is Elemoose, a Springfield business that fabricates signage, exhibits, sculptures, stage sets and more for clients across the country including Silver Dollar City, Dunkin’ Donuts, Disney, Bass Pro, Six Flags, and Dollywood.

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The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce GO CAPS program hosts area high school juniors and seniors on-site at various local businesses, including the eFactory and the classroom facility at Cox Health. SRC—Springfield ReManufacturing Corporation—has provided GO CAPS with a sizeable office suite, suitable for instruction space, at their offices on East Division Street.  Here’s where students interested in engineering and manufacturing attend a daily two-and-a-half-hour session, either morning or afternoon, throughout the school year.