Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun, mrcalhoun@cbs.com)By Michael Calhoun

FENTON, Mo. (KMOX) – Minor-league hockey might be fun, but it doesn’t pay peoples’ bills like a big manufacturing plant does.

Mayor Mike Polizzi says of course he’s excited about plans to build a smaller replica of the old St. Louis Arena, surrounded by an entertainment district. But he says he really wants to see factory workers back where they used to build minivans and trucks at the old Chrysler plant property.

And he says one such project is on the way.

Retail Technologies, a manufacturer that Polizzi says makes point-of-sale and other devices for retailers, is supposed to break ground soon on a 160,000 square foot facility, taking up 11 acres of the old Chrysler site.

“Manufacturing is always good because of the jobs that it creates,” Polizzi tells KMOX News. “Middle income people usually get those jobs and that’s good for all of St. Louis County.”

He says the company hasn’t requested any public incentives. He does see a difference between public money for manufacturing vs entertainment development.

Ultimately, Polizzi says the site is privately owned and developer K.P. Development can do what it likes with the site. The Mayor says he has heard that “quality people” are looking at opening up in the area, which is now dubbed Fenton Logistics Park.

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