Wireless carrier U.S. Cellular Corp. (NYSE: USM) last year made $70.3 million in Missouri investments, with store relocation costs and donations factoring in locally.
The statewide investment by the Chicago-based company, which does business as UScellular, largely comprised 5G spectrum upgrades, according to a news release.
“Connectivity is more important than ever right now, and at UScellular we are committed to keeping our customers connected to the people and places that matter most to them,” said Joe Cabrera, director of sales for UScellular in Missouri and Kansas, in the release. “We will continue to invest in creating a great wireless experience for customers, while also ensuring we provide critical resources for youth in our local communities.”
In Springfield, relocation costs were roughly $320,000 for a store move to 2623 N. Kansas Expressway in the Town and Country Shopping Center after seven years in Battlefield Mall, according to past reporting. The company moved the store in April.
Additionally, UScellular donated 175 wireless hotspots and two years of service to Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield, a gift valued at more than $200,000, according to the release. In another case, UScellular made a $186 gift to a classroom at Williams Elementary School.
Across the state, the company’s donations to nonprofits, teachers and youth organizations totaled $38,405 in 2021.
A baked goods vendor at Farmers Market of the Ozarks expanded to a brick-and-mortar operation; the first lending center for Old Missouri Bank opened; and London Calling Pasty Co. added a new food truck.