Following his 2015 State of the State address, Gov. Jay Nixon visited Springfield today to highlight the recent monthly jobs report showing that Missouri added more jobs in 2014 than any year since 1997 and to announce new jobs and investments by local manufacturer, Allen Global Companies.
“Missouri employers created more jobs in 2014 than in any year since 1997 – and as we can see here in Springfield today, we’re just getting started,” said Gov. Nixon. “Allen Global Companies decision to reinvest in Missouri further positions the Show-Me State as a top destination for clean energy companies and advanced manufacturers worldwide. By working across the aisle to keep our fiscal discipline and make smart, strategic investments in education and infrastructure, we will continue to move Missouri’s economy forward.”
The monthly jobs report released by the Missouri Department of Economic Development on Wednesday showed Missouri’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.4 percent, the lowest since April 2008. Missouri employers created 44,700 jobs in 2014, the highest annual job growth total in 17 years.
Joined by Springfield Mayor Robert Stephens and Springfield Chamber of Commerce President Matt Morrow, Gov. Nixon and company leadership celebrated the grand opening of Allen Global Companies’ newest division, Allen Filtration LLC. Allen Global Companies is an international leader in the manufacturing of green fluid management and recycling systems and products. The company’s expansion will create 50 new, high-paying jobs over the next five years and includes a $1 million capital investment.