Missouri jobs added and lost
by Dick Aldrich
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo -- As Gov. Jay Nixon touts the possible addition of 200 jobs in the southern part of the state, a Kansas City business made public its plans to put 150 employees out of work.
Nixon was in West Plains Monday at Invensys Controls, a company that manufactures controls for gas household appliances. He championed the company’s announcement to add eight new manufacturing lines that could add up to 200 jobs.
Meanwhile, Penske Logistics, a Kansas City-based trucking company, filed notification under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act that it plans to shut down its Kansas city operations, putting about 150 people out of a job by April 27.
The layoffs in Kansas City are the second bit of bad news for Missouri job statistics since the Department of Economic Development announced that the state had seen an increase of more than 21,000 jobs in January over the end of last year. Early last week, Brown Shoe announced it was closing its Sikeston plant, laying-off 156 workers.
Invensys Controls will hire 100 new workers immediately, and has plans to add as many as 100 more new jobs within the next two years. It’s also reviewing its current plant space to see if an addition will be needed to its 33,000 sq. ft. facility in West Plains. The plant currently employs 215 workers.
The company manufactures controls, including valves, thermostats, switches and burners, for gas cooking appliances such as ovens, ranges and fryers. The company’s clients include some major national brands, including GE, Whirlpool, Electrolux, Samsung and Sub-Zero/Wolf.Missouri jobs added and lost.