St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis encompasses an independent city in the U.S. state of Missouri (the "City of St. Louis") and its metropolitan area (Greater St. Louis). This area includes counties in the states of Missouri and Illinois; it is the 18th largest in the United States with a population of 2,698,672 as of the 2000 census. According to the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA), the 2004 population is approximately 2,764,054.
The city, which is named after Louis IX of France, is adjacent to, but not part of, St. Louis County, Missouri and has a population of 352,572. It is the second largest city in Missouri after Kansas City, but it has the state's largest metropolitan area population. In relation to the Midwest region, the City of St. Louis is the 10th largest city in population (between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Wichita, Kansas).
 The local economy
St. Louis punches above its weight as a center for corporate headquarters. Beer commercials have made the city well known as the home of Anheuser-Busch Breweries. Two local brokerages, A.G. Edwards and Edward Jones, as well as online brokerage Scottrade, have grown into dominant players on America's financial landscape. It is also the site for the headquarters of Energizer, the battery company. Neighboring suburbs host Monsanto, formerly a chemical company and now a leader in genetically modified crops, and Solutia, the former Monsanto chemical division that was spun off as a separate company in 1997. Express Scripts, a pharmaceutrical benefits management firm, has its corporate headquarters in the suburbs of St. Louis and recently announcd plans to construct its new headquarters near the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Hardee's corporate headquarters lies in the metro area. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is headquartered in Clayton. Emerson Electric is headquartered in the north side of St. Louis. Charter Communications, the nation's fourth largest broadband communications company, is headquartered in the St. Louis suburb of Town and Country.
In recent years, however, several longtime corporate pillars have left St. Louis. St. Louis was the corporate headquarters of McDonnell-Douglas prior to its 1997 merger with Boeing. Upon the merger, the area became the headquarters for Boeing's $27 billion-per-year Integrated Defense Systems division and its company-wide Phantom Works R&D operation. Locally, Boeing manufactures the F/A-18 Super Hornet and JDAM smart bombs, and has developed — at times secretly — several unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs). However, when Boeing relocated its corporate headquarters from Seattle, Washington in 2001, it moved to Chicago, Illinois — St. Louis was not one of the final candidates.
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 Recent St. Louis business news
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- 3PL Leader Sunset Transportation Increases Services, Savings to Great ...
- St. Louis, MO, May 30, 2015 -- -- As a result of the triple-digit growth of its Michigan branch, Sunset Transportation, Inc. has recently moved the branch's headquarters to a new larger office in Grand Haven. This expansion will help the third party logistics leader to improve service, support and savings to clients and industry partners throughout the Great Lakes area.
- SCIEX And New Objective Announce Partnership To Provide Advanced...
- SCIEX, a global leader in analytical technologies, today announced a partnership with an industry leader in innovative nanospray technology, New Objective, Inc. that will enable SCIEX to offer the New Objective Digital PicoView 450 Source for use with the latest generation SCIEX mass spectrometry systems. These high performance nanospray ionization sources offer maximum sensitivity for researchers working with precious samples, and are particularly suitable for proteomics researchers using the SCIEX TripleTOF 6600 Next-Generation Proteomics System .
- Simmons Bank is closing two of five branches
- The branches at 302 N. Clay Ave. in Kirkwood and 3899 Veterans Memorial Parkway in St. Peters will close June 26, bank employees said. Simmons executives have not responded to requests for comment and explanation.
- Arch Coal In A Serious Down Slide
- As power utilities are seen to be increasingly switching to cheaper natural gas and big-ticket clients such as China cut down on coal imports, the global coal industry is gripped by a downturn that has started to take its toll. One of the largest producers of coal in the world, United States-based Arch Coal Inc. , reportedly, hired restructuring advisers including Blackstone Group LP's credit advisers GSO Capital Partners, investment bank Moelis & Co , hedge fund Hutchin Hill Capital LP and lawyers from Davis Polk & Wardwell LP to help deal with its $5.15 billion debt, as of March 31, 2015.
- Chef Chat: Mike Randolph Goes from Public Service to P blico
- Mike Randolph thought he would go into public service -- but he didn't think it would take the shape that it did.
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- The dream of the '90s is alive in St. Louis. While most trends tend to move in twenty-year cycles, that particular decade has particularly fun doomsday bookends: The Cold War ended in 1991, while nearly ten years later, not ready to hang up the idea of a good 'ol apocalypse, society predicted doom at the hands of Y2K.
- Chef Chat: For Gooseberries' Kim Bond and Ross Lessor, Business Is Personal
- "Yeah, we get into arguments every now and then," Gooseberries co-owner Kim Bond laughs. "We're pretty good at dropping it after a certain point though."
- IKEA Seeking 300 to Join Swedish Family at Store on Track to Open Fall 2015 in St. Louis, MO
- IKEA, the world's leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it has begun the coworker recruitment process for its future St. Louis store, opening Fall 2015. )--IKEA, the world's leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it has begun the coworker recruitment process for its future St. Louis store, opening Fall 2015 along Interstate 64 at the intersection of Vandeventer and Forest Park Avenues in the Cortex Innovation District.