Nestle Sign in front of Corporate offices

Audio: Ribbon cutting held to welcome Nestle plant to Trenton

Representatives of city, county, and state governments joined business leaders and others for a ribbon cutting, open house event at the Nestle plant in Trenton. Trenton area chamber of commerce and its ambassadors conducted the ribbon cutting and spoke with Nestle officials. Trenton plant manager Andy Darley is in his 32nd year of employment with Nestle […]

Ralph Boots

Audio Interview: Ralph Boots leaving post in Trenton to fill position of Director of Economic Development in Liberty

Community Developer at Trenton for the past eight years, Ralph Boots, is leaving next month to accept an economic development directors position at Liberty.  Boots, a native of Moberly, spoke today with KTTN’s John Anthony.       As of the first of May, Boots had transitioned from the community development position for the city […]

Economic Development

Audio Interview: Trenton Development Director Ralph Boots on ConAgra and Economic Development

Since ConAgra made an announcement ten months ago that operations would phase out at the plant in Trenton beginning in the summer of 2017 and conclude with a potential closing sometime in 2018, very little information has been released. But there’s been lots of speculation. Economic Development Director Ralph Boots came by KTTN to provide what he could regarding […]

City of Trenton

Grundy County commissioners receive request to provide funding to showcase Trenton

Grundy County Commissioners received a request this morning to make a financial commitment; joining with others, to pay for a strategy showcasing Trenton to prospective businesses. In particular, it would include marketing the ConAgra Foods building on Harris Avenue in Trenton. Community Developer Ralph Boots reports he’s been working with the Grundy County Industrial Development […]

Conagra Foods announcement dominates Trenton City Council meeting

Trenton Community Development Director Ralph Boots, on Monday night,  gave a “general update” to the City Council on continued attempts to meet with corporate officials of ConAgra Foods, hoping to learn what “can be done to keep the plant operating in Trenton”.  He indicated that attempts to meet have been thus far unsuccessful, but efforts […]

Trenton continues efforts to add “established” hotel chain

Among the needs identified by the Trenton 2020 Community Bettement program, nearly a year ago, were obtaining an events and/or community center and a recognized hotel chain facility. During a 2020 meeting this week, Trenton Community Development Director Ralph Boots indicates he has been working on a hotel chain, and is seeking funds to conduct […]

City of Trenton

City of Trenton responds to ConAgra’s closing announcement

Over a month ago, the corporate officials of ConAgra announced the possibility of closing the Trenton facility. Today ConAgra announced its plans to close its Trenton facility by 2018, a decision that will tremendously impact our community and surrounding areas. Since the first announcement, City representatives have held meetings with local, county and regional stakeholders, […]

Trenton 2020 meeting seeks to identify community needs

Approximately twenty people attended a Trenton 2020 Community Betterment meeting on Tuesday night, listening to updates on effort done in priority areas identified in 2015. Those priorties involve organized sports, housing, an events/community center, improving and maintaining community appearance, ad a recognized hotel chain.  All of those areas were addressed on Tuesday night, during a […]

Next “Trenton 2020” meeting will be tonight at Sugg Room

Ideas regarding community appearance will be discussed when the next Trenton 2020 meeting is held tonight (Tuesday, March 8th).  The town-hall type meeting begins at 6 o’clock in the Sugg Room of the Ketcham Community Center. Community Development Director Ralph Boots indicates improving neighborhood appearance should be a year-long effort: Community appearance is one of […]