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The Robert W. Plaster Center for Free Enterprise and Business Development


After Cargill purchased Willowbrook Foods and closed both factories in Springfield, Missouri State University, with the aid of the City of Springfield and the Economic Development Administration, purchased the factory at 405 N. Jefferson Ave. The structure began redesign with the hopes of converting the building in to offices, labs, and manufacturing space for medical grade, health services, logistic management and advanced technology.


The 118,000 s.f. building received substantial amounts of rehabilitation and renovation work as crews worked within a constrained budget converting the factory and warehouse to suitable offices that projected a professional atmosphere.

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