A patent attorney who vouched for a Chinese artificial sweetener factory has testified that he became aware of concerns about the Chinese site before a deal closed to finance the construction of a similar plant in Moberly.
Los Angeles attorney Michael Wise testified yesterday by video conference after being subpoenaed by a special Missouri House committee investigating the failure of Mamtek U.S. Incorporated, which had been offered state and local incentives to open a factory in Moberly.
Governor Jay Nixon says his administration wisely handled the vetting of a Los Angeles-based company that began building an artificial sweetener plant in Moberly, then pulled out after missing its bond payment to the small northeast Missouri town.
This week: Yogurt businesses are booming in Columbia, but is it because of a preconceived notion? Mamtek International, based in Moberly, was suppose to bring 600 more jobs to the city but is now having financial difficulty. And Monday’s City Council meeting left Columbians unhappy with a new price increase.