The idea to create a Chinese international air cargo hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is a project that could establish St. Louis as a commercial center for increased exports, long-term investment, business growth and job creation.
Steve Burrows, director of board development and executive outreach for the International Business Institute at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, discussed the benefits of a China hub Sept. 25 on KTVI (Channel 2).
“When you look at the value of this opportunity, today China sends about $3 billion to the U.S. somewhere and of all the major freight hubs in the world, four of them are in the Midwest, so there is opportunity,” Burrows told KTVI reporter Charles Jaco.
Before becoming director at the IBI, Burrows served as the chief executive and president of Anheuser-Busch International Inc. until retiring in November 2008 after a 30-year career at Anheuser-Busch, 15 years overseeing the company’s international development. He also served as vice chairman of the board of directors of Tsingtao Brewery Co. and on the board of directors of Harbin Brewery Group Ltd. Both companies are based in China.