Moberly Loses Call Center Jobs, Gains Manufacturing Jobs
MOBERLY - Economic development officials here said Monday the city will recover from the 60 jobs lost when the Scholastic Call Center closes. Moberly is set to add 180 jobs initially with Mamtek U.S., a Chinese-based food ingredient manufacturer that makes a sugar substitute called Sucralose.
Scholastic has been a good employer, according to David Gaines, vice president of Moberly Economic Development Corporation. Kyle Good, vice president of Scholastic communications and media relations, said that jobs are being shifted to other locations.
"It is a more efficient use of our available but underutilized spaces in Neosho and Jefferson City," Good said.
Mamtek U.S. has chosen the Moberly region as its first North American operation. The company received tax credits through the Missouri Quality Jobs Program totaling $7.6 million and $6.8 million in credits from the Missouri BUILD (Business Use Incentives for Large-scale Development) program.
"Moberly was extremely aggressive in this project," Keith Crumley, program engineer, said. "They actually stood up and provided us a bond to get this project."
Moberly also provided the Midwest attitude that James Stark, construction manager, was looking for.
"It is great when executives from California come and look and see what we have done," Stark said.
Gaines said more than 1,000 jobs have been brought to Moberly in the last three years.
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