The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Top Stories

December 7, 2013

Area plants to get Boeing work

Other companies say jobs may not come to Joplin even if Boeing chooses Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Across Missouri, legislators, educators and others are doing everything in their power to bring Boeing Co. in for a landing in the state.

Legislators last week approved incentives worth up to $1.7 billion to entice Boeing to assemble the next generation of its 777X  jetliners in St. Louis. Education leaders in St. Louis also announced last week the formation of a consortium to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs at aerospace companies. And Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said construction laborers have agreed to a three-shift, 24-hour work schedule without overtime to help Boeing build the plant it will need to produce its new aircraft.

Boeing already makes military aircraft in the St. Louis area and employs about 15,000 people in Missouri, but the hope is that if Boeing picks Missouri to build the commercial planes, it will create up to 8,000 direct jobs, and thousands more jobs for suppliers, vendors and subcontractors.

According to numbers provided by Boeing, the company currently has more than 680 vendor locations in the state. In all, the company claims to support 30,000 jobs in Missouri.

But a number of large employers in Southwest Missouri with decades-long experience in aviation manufacturing — Leggett and Platt, Ducommun (LaBarge) and EaglePicher Technologies — said contracts with Boeing and jobs for Joplin will not necessarily depend on whether Boeing decides to build in the state.

Titanium tubes

Leggett and Platt Inc., based in Carthage, is one of those companies.

In early 2012, Leggett and Platt completed its acquisition of Western Pneumatic Tube Holding.

Western specializes in thin-walled, large diameter, welded tubing and specialty products made from high-strength but lightweight materials such as titanium, and it is one of the leading suppliers to airline companies. It is based in Kirkland, Wash., and employs approximately 140 people.

In October, Leggett announced the acquisition of a second aerospace tubing manufacturer, Specitubes, based in France.

Those companies, as well as a smaller United Kingdom operation acquired in 2013, should generate annual revenue of approximately $120 million, Leggett officials have said in their statements and federal filings.

“We own the major company in the United States that does it, and we own the major company in Europe that does it,” Dave DeSonnier, senior vice president of corporate strategy and investor relations for Leggett and Platt, said last week.

The company’s customers already include Boeing and its key European rival, Airbus.

“With regard to us, if Boeing builds a plant — wherever they build it — we’re going to get the business that would be in the products that we make,” he said.

Airlines require “no-fail” operations, DeSonnier said. They are going to go with known companies with a proven track record that are certified in the products the airlines need.

While Leggett and Platt can book any contracts for 777X work as part of its overall revenue, Boeing jobs would likely go to its existing plants, meaning there’s not going to be any additional Leggett and Platt jobs for Joplin-area workers even if Missouri officials are successful in bringing Boeing into the state.

Text Only
Top Stories
  • 041614 MDOT5_72.jpg JATSO recommends 15 road projects for planning

    The reconstruction of the Highway 171/Interstate 49 interchange at Carthage and the construction of a limited-access highway on the west side of Joplin and Carl Junction are among the top highway projects to be identified by the Joplin Area Transportation Study Organization.
     

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • TIF proposal filed for development of area at 44th Street and Range Line

    Joplin’s Tax Increment Financing Commission will hold an informational meeting today on a proposal to establish a TIF district to pay for a wetlands project on property in the area of 44th Street and Range Line, where a developer wants to build a retail, office and hospitality district.

    April 16, 2014

  • Joplin city attorney takes job in Lee’s Summit

    City Attorney Brian Head will leave his Joplin post next month for a job in Lee’s Summit in suburban Kansas City. Head submitted a letter of resignation Wednesday morning to Mayor Mike Seibert and the City Council. The council is his employer.

    April 16, 2014

  • More volunteers, donations sought for ‘Victory 4 Haiti’

    The second meals-for-Haiti project, scheduled for April 26, is in need of donations and volunteers, organizers say. “Victory 4 Haiti,” a food-packaging event that will provide meals to the Haitian Christian Mission in the village of Fond-Parisien and elsewhere in Haiti, needs $60,000 to pay for about 280,000 meals.

    April 16, 2014

  • 3 To Get Ready

    Three things coming your way in Thursday’s Joplin Globe.

    April 16, 2014

  • South Korea Ship Sink.jpg 283 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

    A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • City attorney’s last day May 16

    Joplin’s city attorney, Brian Head, in a letter this morning to the mayor and City Council, gave 30 days notice of his resignation to take a job as city attorney at Lee’s Summit.

    April 16, 2014

  • r091813cityhall.jpg PART ONE: Joplin Globe receives copy of investigation named in court order

    As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. As documents are converted for digital viewing, they will be uploaded here.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • PART TWO: Joplin City Council report documents continued

    As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. Documents are converted for digital viewing.

    The amount of documentation we received is extensive, and testimonies are continued here.

    April 16, 2014

  • PART THREE: Joplin City Council investigation documents

    As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. Documents are converted for digital viewing.

    The amount of documentation we received is extensive, and testimonies are continued here.

    April 16, 2014