Kuat Racks moved Jan. 2 to a $3.5 million, 40,000-square-foot warehouse and corporate office on about 14 acres at 2240 N. Alliance Ave., near the entrance of Partnership Industrial Center West. President Luke Kuschmeader said the international, bike rack company, which employs 29 locally, more than tripled its operations size from its former home nearby on West Kearney Street. Parent company Kuat Innovations LLC, which started in 2008, formerly leased space from Rich Kramer Construction Inc., which was general contractor for the new building. Arkifex Studios LLC served as architects, incorporating bike racks indoors for employees’ use and room for future expansion, Kuschmeader said. Production work for Kuat is done in China and Taiwan, while design, marketing, warehousing and wholesale logistics are handled locally, he said.
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (417) 889-5820
Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care
Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care’s third co-branded center in Springfield began serving patients Feb. 15 at 3233 E. Sunshine St., Ste. 100. The 2,200-square-foot urgent care center filled the last available space in Sidewalk Plaza, joining neighbors Eat Fit Go Healthy Foods, Pita Pit, Jimmy John’s and Cricket Wireless. The lease terms with Raga Properties LLC were not disclosed in a news release. Mercy has partnered with Atlanta-based GoHealth Urgent Care, an affiliate of Access Clinical Partners LLC, for clinics at 900 E. Battlefield Road in Battlefield Market Place and 2150 W. Republic Road in Magers Crossing. GoHealth Urgent Care provides clerical and support staff and creates the physical space for the centers, and Mercy appoints the health care providers and nurse practitioners.
Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Phone: (417) 812-8149
Branson Bank on Feb. 9 finalized the purchase of a Hawthorn Bank branch at 4675 Gretna Road and two days later converted it to the new brand. It is Branson Bank’s fourth full-service branch. Terms of the deal with Jefferson City-based Hawthorn Bancshares Inc. (Nasdaq: HWBK) were not disclosed. The purchase plan was announced in October 2018, through which Branson Bank took control of roughly $15 million in deposits via 900 accounts. Bill Jones is president of Branson Bank, which operates two additional branches in Branson, and one in Forsyth. It also operates a lending center in Branson West. Branson Bank has roughly $210 million in assets, according to bank officials. Its deposits were $175.2 million as of June 30, 2018, according to Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. data.
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, lobby; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, drive-thru
Phone: (417) 334-9696
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