Hinshaw East designated Missouri Certified Site

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REDI is proud to announce that another Columbia industrial site has been designated as a Missouri Certified Site. It is the fourth certified site in Boone County and the 32nd certified site in the state.

The newly certified Hinshaw East site is located at 5000 Paris Road. The site offers 57 certified acres and 81 total acres.  The site is in Columbia’s industrial corridor with access to US Highway 63 and Interstate 70. All utilities are on site. Neighboring facilities include 3M, Schneider Electric/Square D, Pepsico and Honeywell.  An additional 25 acre site with rail access is available across Paris Road. The topography is gently rolling, and the site is zoned Light Industrial.

The Missouri Certified Sites program provides consistent standards regarding the availability and development potential of commercial or industrial development sites. The sites are pre-qualified through a standardization process to meet the requirements of industry. The certification of a site includes comprehensive review of items including the availability of utilities, site access, environmental concerns, land use conformance, and potential site development costs.

Certified sites provide up front and consistent information about each site to selection professionals, reducing the risk associated with development. Certified site status also helps landowners attract appropriate buyers to the site.

Collin Bunch certified as CEO roundtable facilitator

Picture of Collin BunchREDI Entrepreneurship Coordinator Collin Bunch has been certified as a PeerSpectives™ Roundtable System facilitator. PeerSpectives offers a roundtable experience that improves leadership skills, sharpens decision making abilities and builds lasting relationships with peers.

A PeerSpectives facilitator leads roundtables of eight to 12 participants from noncompeting industries, and provides a confidential environment to share challenges and learn from the experience of others. The PeerSpectives model stands out for its trained facilitators to keep discussions on track, structured protocol to highlight challenges and opportunities, emphasis on sharing experiences rather than giving advice, safe environment to share emotionally charged issues, and just-in-time answers to pressing problems for participants.

PeerSpectives is a program of the Edward Lowe Foundation.  The foundation’s entrepreneurship initiatives are focused on second-stage companies, growth-oriented firms that have moved beyond startup but haven’t yet reached maturity. The foundation defines second-stage companies as having 10 to 99 employees and $1 million to $50 million in annual revenue, although these are loose boundaries.  Second-stage companies are powerhouses when it comes to job creation and revenue generation.

If you are the leader of a second-stage company who would like a high level view or your organization, a significant return on your time invested, better results from your decisions, and unvarnished feedback that’s hard to get from employees or family and friends, contact Collin Bunch to participate in a PeerSpectives roundtable.

REDI is licensed by the Edward Lowe Foundation to use the PeerSpectives™ Roundtable System.

Aurora Organic Dairy cuts ribbon on Columbia facility

Officials hold a ceremonial scissors to cut a ribbon at Aurora Organic Dairy milk facility in Columbia, Mo.Today state and local officials gathered for a special ceremony in Columbia to officially open Aurora Organic Dairy’s 127,000 sq. ft. milk production and storage facility. The plant is the company’s second milk bottling facility and is expected to have created more than 100 new jobs in the local community by year’s end.

“Aurora Organic Dairy is a great company that will ultimately bring more than 160 quality jobs to Missouri,” Governor Mike Parson said. “Missouri’s central location and infrastructure network are two keys to attracting and retaining good businesses here in our state. We look forward to supporting their growth for years to come.”

Aurora Organic Dairy (AOD) is a leading producer and processor of retailer brand organic milk. The company is unique in that it operates dairy farms and milk bottling facilities, ensuring the highest quality and traceability of any organic milk product in the market. AOD grows a portion of its own certified organic feed and pasture, raises and milks organic cows at eight farms, and processes and packages milk at two locations (Columbia, Mo. and Platteville, Colo.).

The new Columbia plant will help AOD deliver more organic milk products with all the variety and convenience today’s consumers want. Its state-of-the-art aseptic milk bottling line makes AOD one of very few dairy plants in America to distribute shelf-stable organic milk products.

“Our company’s mission is to deliver high-quality organic milk with integrity to everyone, everywhere,” Aurora Organic Dairy Chief Executive Officer Scott McGinty said. “Products like these not only offer consumers more organic product choices, but they also help expand markets for organic milk producers. Innovation is rapidly changing the face of dairy beverages like never before, and organic milk is no exception.”

“This project symbolizes the advancements in agriculture and bringing high-quality organic milk to market,” Columbia Mayor Brian Treece said. “It also solidifies Columbia’s economic advantage for agri-business and food manufacturing companies.”

“We can’t think of a better partner than the state of Missouri and the community of Columbia,” McGinty added. “Our team is excited to become a long-term contributor to this great community.”

The facility will process and package an array of products:

  • Milk in a variety of single-serve and shelf-stable (aseptic) bottles.
  • Value-added dairy products, including fortified and flavored milks, and creamers.
  • Milk varieties including A2 production, organic grass-fed, Omega 3 fortified and lactose-reduced.
  • Extended shelf-life milk in half-gallon cartons.

About Aurora Organic Dairy

Aurora Organic Dairy is the leading producer of store-brand organic milk and butter for U.S. retailers. Based in Boulder, Colo., it operates a heifer farm and organic dairy farms in Colorado and Texas, as well as organic dairy processing plants in Platteville, Colo. and Columbia, Mo. Organic agriculture, animal care and sustainable production are the cornerstones of AOD’s business. Its processing facilities and each of its farms are certified organic by USDA National Organic Program accredited certifiers and certified by Validus, a leading independent animal welfare auditor.

AOD is involved in overseeing organic standards from cow to carton. It monitors the entire product lifecycle, to ensure quality from its farms to its processing facility. For more information, visit www.auroraorganic.com opens in a new window.

ThermAvant Technologies Quadruples Space

Fueled by growing demand for its thermal management hardware and services, ThermAvant Technologies will more than quadruple its engineering and manufacturing space.  In May 2019, the firm will open a 33,000-square-foot facility at 2508 Paris Road in Columbia.

Founded in 2007, ThermAvant is expanding rapidly as aero-defense and technology customers adopt its oscillating heat pipe technology into their platforms. Today, ThermAvant serves the avionics, spacecraft, computer, radar, and telecommunications industries. The firm has also been engaged by leading agencies, including the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), NASA, National Science Foundation, Army Research Laboratory, Office of Naval Research, and the Missile Defense Agency.

“After nearly a decade of sustained R&D, we started selling our first commercial products in 2017. Now, we are scaling up engineering and production as quickly as we can,” says ThermAvant CEO Joe Boswell.

“There has been a decline in Midwest manufacturing,” he adds.  “It’s encouraging to buck that trend with the opening of our new facility.”

In 2018, ThermAvant received funding from Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC), a public-private partnership created by the Missouri General Assembly to promote entrepreneurship and foster the growth of new and emerging high-tech companies.  “People generally associate technological innovation with Silicon Valley, New York, or Boston,” says Bill Vega, interim executive director of MTC.  “But, as ThermAvant demonstrates, there are exciting developments taking place in the heartland.”

In that same year, ThermAvant and the AFRL were selected as an R&D 100 Award winner for the development of “Oscillating Heat Pipes for High-Power Electronics Thermal Management.” An independent panel of judges deemed this work as “one of the 100 most technologically significant new products of the year.”

ThermAvant’s grand opening reception will take place at the new headquarters on May 2nd.  “We look forward to offering tours to attendees and familiarizing local community members with our products, our history with the University of Missouri here in Columbia, and our future plans,” says Mr. Boswell.  “In our opinion, prospects are strong for our small but expanding business, and this should benefit our local community as well.”

ThermAvant designs, develops, and delivers custom thermal solutions to improve size, weight, performance and/or costs of advanced energy and technology platforms.  The firm is best known for pioneering oscillating heat pipe technology for aerospace, defense, and IT applications.  ThermAvant also designs and builds custom micro-channel cold plates and ejectors, and provides thermal engineering services for government agencies and private customers.

Beyond Meat triples production footprint in Columbia

Beyond Meat announced in June that it will increase its manufacturing footprint in Columbia from 30,000 to 100,000 sq. ft. Demand for Beyond Meat’s innovative plant-based products continues to skyrocket.  This expanded capacity will help support Beyond Meat’s popular line of plant-based fresh meat products as well as provide for increased growth across new product launches moving forward. The new facility in Columbia will generate more than 250 new jobs in 2018.

“We first came to Missouri in 2009 to access the outstanding research being conducted at the University of Missouri. We have been investing in, and growing together with, Columbia, MO ever since, and I’m pleased to announce this latest manufacturing investment, our largest to date. Our expansion not only brings more jobs and opportunity to this special community but also furthers Missouri’s position as a leader in the production of plant-based meat,” said Ethan Brown, CEO and Founder of Beyond Meat.

REDI assisted Beyond Meat through its decision-making process and announcement in 2012 that it would locate in Columbia. REDI provided temporary office space for Beyond Meat during the construction of the production facility.