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Manufacturer enters SWMO with hiring plans

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Last edited 12:58 p.m., Aug. 19, 2019

Alpine Aviation Group Inc., a manufacturer with ties to New Jersey, is planning to hire 39 employees for a new Ozark plant.

Sarah Buxton, project coordinator with economic development organization Show Me Christian County, said Alpine moved into an existing facility at 1624 W. Jackson St. in Ozark. Show Me Christian County announced the project last week in a news release.

Alpine, according to the release, designs and fabricates electrical airline harnesses for the military, though it’s looking to expand to the private sector.

“It is our privilege to have the opportunity to establish a company in the Ozarks,” said Terry Cedar, Alpine’s director of aviation-electrical manufacturing, in the release. “Alpine is looking forward to bringing innovative designs throughout not only the aerospace industry but beyond.”

Cedar registered Alpine Aviation Group in December 2018 with the Missouri secretary of state. The business filing also names Larry Singer, who’s CEO of Aspen Consulting Group Inc. in Manasquan, New Jersey. Singer and Aspen Vice President Steve Pizzo could not be reached for comment by deadline. Aspen Consulting, according to its website, designs, develops and fabricates technical equipment for the military and other government agencies.

Show Me Christian County worked with with the city of Ozark, Springfield Regional Economic Partnership, the Missouri Partnership and the state Department of Economic Development to bring Alpine to the Show-Me State. The release did not indicate whether incentives were awarded, and officials could not be reached for comment by deadline.

“The company is bringing quality, high-paying jobs to the many hardworking individuals who call Missouri home,” Gov Mike Parson said in the release. “Alpine’s investment is a testament to Missouri’s leadership in aerospace manufacturing and innovation, and we look forward to working together as the company continues to grow and invest in our state.”

Alpine is located in a building the Ozark School District purchased last month for $4.1 million. The property is slated to be used for a career and technical education center for high school students, as well as the new location for district offices, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

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