CHICAGO — The trustee for $39 million of bonds sold by a Missouri city to help finance an artificial sweetener factory has joined with other creditors to pursue an involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing against the Chinese company that abandoned the project and defaulted on debt payments.

Moberly, Mo., put its appropriation pledge behind the bonds issued through the Moberly Industrial Development Authority, but has chosen not to honor it. UMB Bank NA, along with four other creditors owed money by Mamtek U.S. Inc., filed the petition seeking an involuntary Chapter 7 action against the company late last week.

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