These days, Northwest Missouri State University's campus in Maryville houses more than students. Since May, Missouri Moisture Analyzers, LLC, has called the recently constructed Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship its home.
"The CIE function is to bring in new companies and make it so they get a good start," explains Stanley Sinclair, regional sales manager for Missouri Moisture Analyzers. "Most new companies will make it or break it in the first three years."
The CIE is a mixed-use business incubator serving technology-based companies like Missouri Moisture Analyzers. The company was looking for a location to establish itself, and with its proximity to primary grain-producing areas in the Midwest, Maryville fit the bill perfectly. The rental agreement gives the company a place to assemble its product, and gives Maryville a new local business. Students can gain valuable experience with the company, and the company has access to offices, laboratories and equipment.
"They're helping us, and we're helping them," Sinclair says.
A new old company
The company's product is the model 999 portable moisture meter that can read the moisture content of 250 different kinds of grain, from various kinds of wheat to different kinds of corn and soybeans. Missouri Moisture Analyzers is derived from Motomco Inc.
Founded in 1956 in New Jersey, Motomco was known for its model 919 moisture meter. In 1963, USDA adopted the 919 for all grain inspections under the U.S. Grain Inspections Act. Although the company ceased production of the 919 in 2004, it set the foundation for the new company and the new model, which is why Sinclair says it is a new old company.