A touring riverboat has announced that it will move its corporate headquarters near St. Louis.
The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. will be moving to Kimmswick, Mo., which has also been selected as the new home port for the Delta Queen riverboat. The move means 170 new jobs to the region and an estimated $36.4 million impact to the region’s economy.
The Delta Queen will visit more than 80 ports, including those in New Orleans, Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and St. Paul, Minn.
The riverboat dates back to 1927, when it began as an overnight passenger vessel carrying passengers, cargo and automobiles between Sacramento, Calif. and San Francisco. The ship then served the U.S. Navy during World War II. Then, it was sold as war surplus to Tom Greene, owner of the Greene Line Steamers of Cincinnati. From 1946 to 2008, the Delta Queen operated as an overnight cruising riverboat and had operated as a dockside hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn. from 2009 until 2014.
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