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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon spoke on the importance of exporting goods from the state of Missouri at a steel manufacturing plant in Springfield Tuesday. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser was there and has this report.
At Custom Metalcraft, Nixon focused his speech on increasing exports, and in return, increasing jobs. Missouri exports set a new record in 2011 totaling over 14 billion dollars. Nixon says he wants these numbers to remain high, so he’s touting his economic strategy, called “Missouri Works.”
“Under that Missouri Works, the state of Missouri will establish for example a one stop shop to provide seamless assistance and resources from across state government for Missouri businesses that want to establish or expand their export business. We’re also going to establish an international exports coordinator within the department of [Agriculture]. We have a lot of agriculture products we sell all over the world.”
Nixon says the strategy will also bring more auto supplier jobs to Missouri, prepare workers for high tech careers, allow advances in science, and train and hire more veterans. Custom Metalcraft exported 6.5% of its gross sales in 2011, which is over six times its exports in 2005. The company expects those numbers to be even higher in 2012.
For KSMU News, I’m Melanie Foehrweiser.