It was a busy year for some of Kansas City’s big names. Ford’s Claycomo plant took part in the U.S. auto industry’s resurgence, adding workers and launching the Transit van. Cerner continued its record run of quarterly profits, revenue and new business bookings, while pushing ahead on plans for its giant Three Trails campus in south Kansas City. And Sprint pursued a merger with T-Mobile US before giving up in the face of likely opposition from regulators. The company then changed CEOs, with chairman Masayoshi Son bringing on Marcelo Claure to cut staff and costs, and put a heavy emphasis on restoring Sprint’s customer base.