Jobs Coming to St. Louis

Bayer, the global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture, announces their plans to bring 500 jobs to Creve Coeur.

The investment was made to try to help enhance Missouri’s already successful and growing agriculture-technology industry.

The 500 St. Louis jobs would be a combination of transfers from North Carolina and new hires.

JEFFERSON CITY — Bayer AG plans to bring 500 jobs to Creve Coeur, Gov. Mike Parson said from his office on Tuesday.

The announcement comes nearly three years after Bayer announced its $63 billion acquisition of Creve Coeur-based Monsanto Co., which generated worry that the merger would result in local job losses. The combined company’s seeds and traits business and its North American commercial headquarters is based in St. Louis.

Parson, a Republican, said Bayer has committed to retaining 4,400 jobs in the St. Louis region as well as adding 500 more; the average salary for the new jobs will be $110,000, state officials said.

“This investment will just enhance Missouri’s already successful ag-tech industry,” said Parson, a cattle farmer. He met with Bayer CEO Werner Baumann during a European trade mission last month.

The announcement was made possible in part by the shuttering of Bayer’s North American crop sciences headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., said Lisa Safarian, president of Bayer’s North America commercial operations.

She said the 500 St. Louis jobs would be a combination of transfers from North Carolina and new hires.

“Bayer’s headquarters was in Raleigh, North Carolina,” Safarian said at a Tuesday news conference. “And so that headquarters is closing, and so we will be locating those individuals to St. Louis.”

A company spokesman later said Bayer’s environmental science operations will remain in Cary, N.C.

The St. Louis job announcement also comes after the company, whose international headquarters is based in Germany, announced in November it would cut 12,000 jobs worldwide, about 10% of its workforce. The company also faces continued litigation, inherited from Monsanto, regarding its signature weedkiller Roundup, which plaintiffs claim caused their cancers. 

It wasn’t clear whether the 4,900 jobs — 4,400 retained jobs and 500 new ones — represented a net gain for staffing levels in St. Louis.

Bayer had been in discussions with state economic development officials as it weighed investing in its workforce here or on the east coast. The company told the Post-Dispatch in 2018 that it employed about 5,400 people between its two St. Louis area campuses.

In September 2016, after the two companies announced the merger, Monsanto said it employed 4,100 people in the St. Louis region, not including several hundred remote workers, temporary employees or contractors.

The state and Bayer also announced Tuesday the company would make a $164 million capital investment as part of the deal — mostly building improvements to accommodate the new staff, a company spokesman said. 

The state has offered incentives totaling $44 million, mainly through its Missouri Works program that allows companies to retain employees’ payroll taxes if job targets are met. The state incentives would be paid over seven years. St. Louis County is also offering a property tax break valued at $2 million. 

Rob Dixon, director of the state’s Department of Economic Development, framed Bayer’s decision as a win for Missouri.

“We look at this, again, as making a strategic investment in the state,” Dixon said. “The state was competing for these jobs. … We’re competing for the long-term economic opportunity for our state.”

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page cheered the news at the press conference.

“As St. Louis County continues to shine as the global epicenter for agricultural technology, and plant sciences, I thank Bayer for adding to our momentum,” Page, a Democrat, said.

Bayer’s predecessor, Monsanto, received a significant pledge of state support in 2013 when it announced a $400 million investment into its Chesterfield research campus. The state promised up to $22 million in incentives, and St. Louis County $22 million in tax breaks, in exchange for the company adding 675 scientific jobs in Chesterfield. 

Bayer began integrating Monsanto into its corporate structure last August

In January, Bayer announced it would shutter its Pittsburgh campus, for decades the German conglomerate’s North American headquarters, and consolidate administrative staff for plant sciences in St. Louis and for health care in New Jersey.

Its Pittsburgh operations, which employed about 600 people in finance, accounting, legal and technology, will shutter by 2021, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Bayer is looking at adding jobs to the Creve Coeur campus, where Monsanto’s headquarters staff, as opposed to its Chesterfield-based scientific and research staff, is based.

A company spokesman said Tuesday the job classifications would “run the gamut,” and would include positions in information technology, marketing, legal, human resources and research and development.

Some of the jobs could end up being based at the company’s Chesterfield campus, said Darren Wallis, a Bayer spokesman.

Headquarters jobs, which include business support functions, are often the most at risk following major corporate mergers. Overlapping information technology and human resources departments, for instance, can often be consolidated. The investment in the Creve Coeur campus, the former global headquarters for Monsanto, helps alleviate at least some worry about major cutbacks in corporate jobs there following the merger. 

Jacob Barker of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.


Fallen St. Louis Officer’s Fundraiser

If you are in the market to eat-out tonight, you should check out one of the 50 restaurants donating a portion of their proceeds to North County Police Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf’s family.

These restaurants are donating anywhere from 10 to 50 percent of their proceeds.

For more information, continue reading the below article:

Fifty-five restaurants will be donating a portion of their proceeds Tuesday to the family of fallen North County Police Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf.

Langsdorf, 40, was shot by a man police say was trying to cash a bad check in Wellston on June 23. That man along with the man who police believe gave him the check have been charged with his murder.

Langsdorf left behind two children, Kaleb, 18, and Olivia, 13. 

The restaurants will be donating anywhere from 10 to 50 percent of their proceeds to the children, according to the Dine Out for Officer Langsdorf Facebook page.

Restaurants participating in the donation program for Langsdorf

Restaurant name Address Phone number Percentage of sales
Brewseez 4251 Keaton Crossing Blvd 636-329-0027 15%
Irma Jean’s Restaurant & Bar 2109 Charbonier Road 314-395-6777 15%
Cooper’s American Pub & Grill 6632 Mexico Road 636-387-1216 15%
Town Square Pub & Grill 7843 Highway N 636-625-4800 25%
612 Kitchen and Cocktails 612 W Woodbine Ave 314-965-2003 20%
Goodcents Deli Fresh 3870 Vogel Rd, 636-333-3368 10%
Bellacino’s Pizza and Grinders 4260 Hampton Ave 314-832-9700 10%
Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery 6116-2nd St. Kimmswick Mo. 636-464-3128 10%.
Fortel’s Pizza Den 7932 Mackenzie Rd 63123 314-353-2360 15%
Cannolis Restaurant 462 N HWY 67 314-540-2887 10%
Cookies by Design 11453 Olive 314-997-8800 10%
Amigos Cantina 120 W Jefferson Kirkwood, MO 63122 314-821-0877 10%
OB.CLARKS 1921 S. Brentwood Blvd. 314-961-8900 10%
The Sushi Station 29 North Gore Webster Groves,MO 63119 314-733-5511 20%
Viviano’s Festa Italiano, Inc. 62 Fenton Plaza, Fenton MO 63026 636-305-1474 10%
Viviano’s Festa italiano, Inc. 150 Four Seasons Chesterfield mo 63017 314-878-1474 10%
Goodcents Deli Fresh 5837 S. Lindbergh Blvd 314 939 1402 10%
Goodcents Deli Fresh 2961 Dourgherty Ferry Rd 314-858-1153 10%
Joey B’s Food & Drink – Manchester 14445 Manchester Rd, Manchester, MO 63011 636-527-5639 10%
Bartolino’s South 5914 South Lindbergh 314-487-4545 20%
Joey B’s – Concord 189 Concord Plaza St. Louis, MO 63129 314-843-2121 10%
Joey B’s on the Hill 2524 Hampton Ave. St Louis, MO 63139 314-645-7300 10%
St Louis Pizza & Wings-Florissant 739A N. HWY 67 314-972-7100 10%
Oakville Sports Pub 6348 Telegraph Rs 314 846-3782 10%
OSP Tap Haus 6346 Telegraph Rd 314 293-9642 10%
Jilly’s Cafe and Steakhouse 1630 Gravois Rd. 636-671-7606 20%
Blarneystone sports bar and grill 4331 Telegraph rd, St. louis, Mo. 63129 314-487-4488 20%
Texas Roadhouse – Kirkwood 1220 S. Kirkwood Road 314-822-0800 10%
Dulanys Grille and Pub 9940 Kennerly Road 314-849-1554 10%
Sharpshooter Pit and Grill 8135 Gravois St. Louis MO 63123 314-353-4745 50%
Roberto’s Italian Restaurant 16 Mullanphy Gardens Shopping Center, Florissant, MO 63031 314-837-7674 10%
Frankie G’s Grill & Bar 4565 chestnut park plaza 314-894-9292 10%
Layla 20 Allen Suite 130 Webster Groves, MO 63119 314-395-6649 20%
JJ Twig’s South Hampton 5600 Hampton Avenue 314-833-6700 10%
Tucker’s Place Soulard 2117 South 12th Street 314-772-5977 10%
McAlister’s Deli 12515 Olive Blvd 314-985-3280 10%
McAlister’s Deli 2180 N. Hwy 67 314-839-7703 10%
McAlister’s Deli 14848 Manchester Rd 636-230-3354 10%
McAlister’s Deli 11969 St. Charles Rock Rd. 314-279-8520 10%
McAlister’s Deli 3200-B Laclede Station Rd. 314-338-2801 10%
McAlister’s Deli 12101-A Manchester Rd. 314-238-3354 10%
McAlister’s Deli 7106 Mexico Rd. 636-875-5890 10%
McAlister’s Deli 1598 Country Club Plaza Dr. 636-946-8772 10%
McAlister’s Deli 4000 Lemay Ferry Rd. 314-714-7400 10%
McAlister’s Deli 2249 Michigan Ave 636-321-2627 10%
McAlister’s Deli 8670 Veterans Memorial Pkwy 636-542-8200 10%
McAlister’s Deli 170 Gravois Bluff Circle Dr. Suite G 636-680-5300 10%
Iron Barley’s High Hog Ridge 3367 High Ridge Blvd 636-671-9911 10%
B.Halls Family Grill 3782 Monticello Plaza 636-300-8002 10%
Gettemeiers’s 269 SALT LICK RD. ST PETERS MO 63376 636-387-1304 10%
The Post Sports Bar & Grill 568 Old Smizer Mill Road, Fenton, MO 63026 636-600-9090 15%
Cheeburger Cheeburger 13311 Manchester Rd; Des Peres, MO 63131 314-821-9900 20%
Colbalt Smoke & Sea 12643 Olive Blvd, Creve Couer 314-548-6220 25%
Show-Mes Florissant 1792 N New Florissant 314-839-3797 10%

First Community Credit Union also is sending all donations made at its locations throughout the area to Langsdorf’s immediate family. To donate, visit any one of their locations, which are listed on its website,

The Backstoppers Inc. also is supporting Langsdorf’s family. The nonprofit financially supports immediate family members of officers, firefighters and publicly funded paramedics or EMTs who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty by paying off mortgages, car loans, education costs and any extraordinary expenses.