Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Business Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Business Digest

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JCPenney hiring 300 seasonal workers in St. Louis - JCPenney on Thursday announced it will hire 300 seasonal employees in the St. Louis area for the holiday shopping season.

Available positions include cashier, replenishment specialist and beauty consultant. Seasonal workers are given a 25 percent discount on JCPenney merchandise.

The department store retailer is adding 800 seasonal workers across Missouri.

The number of seasonal employees hired by retailers this year is expected to grow after several years of decline in workers brought on as part-timers during the holidays.

Software firm Coolfire raises $11.5 million - Coolfire Solutions, a downtown St. Louis-based software developer, raised $11.5 million from investors including Clayton Venture Partners, the venture capital unit of Clayton-based car rental giant Enterprise Holdings Inc.

An unidentified investor led the Series B financing. In 2016, Clayton Venture Partners helped Coolfire raise $5 million.

The new money will help Coolfire further develop and market its Ronin Platform, a situational awareness solution that uses data, workflows and communications to give users of Ronin an idea of what's happening around them at all times. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is among the companies using the technology.

"This latest round further validates the power of our Ronin Platform to transform industries, particularly in the hands of the most innovative companies in the world like Enterprise Holdings," said Don Sharp, CEO at Coolfire Solutions, in a statement.

Barry-Wehmiller company merges with Ohio concrete firm - New Hampton Metal Fabrication, a manufacturer of form equipment for the pipe and recast industry that is part of Afinitas, a Barry-Wehmiller company, is merging with Spillman Co., a concrete products manufacturer from Columbus, Ohio.

New Hampton is based in New Hampton, Iowa. …

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