By Mike Rush
St. Louis (KSDK) - St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and other dignitaries from the area joined leaders from China Friday on a tarmac at Lambert Airport to cut a ceremonial ribbon. They were welcoming a Boeing 777 full of high-end electronics from China.
These leaders consider this the first step in the Aerotropolis plan, an international cargo hub at Lambert.
But the measure that would offer incentives to make that hub happen has stalled with lawmakers in Jefferson City.
If it doesn't happen, some business leaders NewsChannel 5 spoke to say that would make a difference to them.
Eric Green with St. Louis based Sigma-Aldrich Corporation says he currently has goods driven to places like Chicago to be flown to China. He'd like to export to China from St. Louis but couldn't if the infrastructure isn't in place.
"Our option to go through St. Louis locally would be mitigated," said Green. "We'd still have to continue to move goods into other locations."
This plane is loading up with American goods, some are from Emerson Electronics, heading back on the 14 hour flight back to Shanghai.