Category Archives: Building Missouri

Data Dive: Revisiting Missouri’s Broadband status

Around this time last year, we took a close look at Missouri’s broadband ranking and the many ongoing efforts to deploy more high-speed internet across the state, particularly in rural areas. Missouri has since scored several big wins to improve broadband access. A new Office of Broadband Development was established within the Missouri Department of Economic Development, headed up by

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Master Blasters

For more than 50 years, Twehous Excavating has been molding Missouri The project: blasting about 60,000 cubic yards of rock. The catch: The rock is adjacent to four lanes of running traffic, and only a few hundred feet away from a high school and several historic homes. Complex jobs like this make work exciting at Twehous Excavating Co. That particular

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Aiming High

Missouri firearm manufacturing startup earns growing national profile From the inception of Black Rain Ordnance Inc., company president Justin Harvel vowed to make only firearms he would be proud to personally own and operate. “Our mission is to produce the highest-quality products out of the highest-quality materials, with the best customer service,” said Harvel. Harvel is continuing a multiple-generation history

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Special report: Session Success

Lawmakers pass bills to prepare our workforce, modernize infrastructure, compete for jobs With a flurry of activity in the session’s final days, the Missouri General Assembly passed legislation to address a number of important issues facing our state’s economy. With this work, the 2018 Legislative Session will go down as a turning point for our state’s economy, helping Missouri chart

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A Dynamite Degree

Missouri S&T leads the nation in explosives training Underground in Rolla, five students decked out in boots, hard hats and protective eyewear are preparing to advance a mine tunnel. This drift of the Missouri University of Science and Technology Experimental Mine is not very deep, but it takes a turn that blocks most of the sunlight that comes from the

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Rebuilding 65 — Planned closures speed repairs to vital southwest highway

  The busiest stretch of road in Springfield carries nearly 70,000 vehicles each day. But today — a Wednesday in mid-August — the only machine operating in the northbound lanes of Highway 65 is a 50-ton excavator. The machine’s hydraulic arm lifts shattered pavement and metal mesh, hoisting them into a nearby dump truck. After 45 years of use, the

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