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Missouri Governor highlights the importance of supporting Missouri businesses

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (WGEM) — Gov. Mike Parson talked about the importance of safely re-engaging in the economy and supporting Missouri businesses on Tuesday.

“We are on the road to recovery, and we must continue taking steps to protect ourselves and others. With that said, we encourage Missourians to safely re-engage in the economy,” Gov. Parson said. “Now more than ever, Missouri businesses need our support to get back on their feet.” 

Lieutenant Gov. Mike Kehoe also provided an update on the Buy Missouri program. 

“The importance of shopping and buying local has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Lt. Gov. Kehoe said. “When we buy Missouri, we support our friends and neighbors. Doing so will be even more critical in the coming weeks and months.” 

Back in 2018 Buy Missouri was created by then Lt. Gov. Parson to promote Missouri businesses that manufacture or process products in the state.

The program recently reached a milestone of 300 members. 

As of Tuesday, there are 305 members enrolled representing 81 counties across the state of Missouri. Several of these businesses have stepped up to assist during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Aristos Beverages in Camdenton donated their canned water to the Mid-County Fire Protection District and surrounding community. 

J Rieger & Co., Restless Spirits Distilling Co., Wood Hat, Gun It Energy, and StilL 630 Distillery have all shifted production to create hand sanitizer.

TrippNT in Kansas City and Ortman Woodcraft in Cape Girardeau have produced face shields and other PPE to assist Missouri health care workers. 

Other Buy Missouri companies have also created products to help protect staff and customers, such as pandemic products and signage developed by Impact Signs in Sedalia and Pro DeZigns in Eldon. 

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