U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Aug. 8, 2011) — U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill will hold a Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Tour this week, visiting communities across the state to hear from manufacturers on how to create more jobs.
McCaskill plans to hold meetings with local businesses in Perryville, Jackson, Sikeston, O’Fallon, Troy, Earth City, Raytown, and St. Louis. Representatives from local companies will have the opportunity to share ideas and concerns with McCaskill on how to continue expanding business and job opportunities across the state, and how to stop jobs from being shipped overseas.
“When it comes to creating jobs, we don’t need a Washington solution in Missouri—we need a Missouri solution in Washington,” McCaskill said. “I’m going to be hearing from our companies, and bringing ideas directly from the factory floor to the Senate to keep expanding jobs and business opportunities.”
“Missouri is home to some of the most hardworking, innovative employees and business owners in the country,” McCaskill added. “If we’re going to keep expanding jobs and business opportunities, it’s crucial that our manufacturers have the tools they need to put folks back to work.”
McCaskill’s visits will include Sabreliner in Perryville; Procter & Gamble in Jackson; Alan Wire Company in Sikeston; Trinity Products in O'Fallon; Bodine Aluminum in Troy; ABB in St. Louis; and Dow Kokam in Lee’s Summit.
According to the most recent statistics available from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, manufacturing contributes more than $30.1 billion to Missouri’s economy and employs more than 300,000 workers across the state. Indirectly, Missouri manufacturers support 404,781 jobs and add nearly $40 billion to the Gross State Product. Missouri is known around the world for manufacturing transportation equipment, chemicals, and machinery.
McCaskill recently chaired a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, aimed at protecting small businesses, and exploring how to fix the complicated government bureaucracy that allows contracts awarded to large corporations to be counted as small business contracts.