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Monroe City, MO. – Flanked by members of the Berry family and company executives, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was on hand at Continental Castings, LLC in Monroe City to announce the company’s expansion that will create over eighty of new jobs.
The family run business is a leader in the metal castings and is a supplier to the automotive and electronics industries on global basis. The expansion in Monroe City and the nearby town of Palmyra bodes well for the northeast region of Missouri that has a long history of automotive craftsmen ship.
“Missouri continues to be the best place in the Midwest for entrepreneurs and manufacturers to turn their ideas into prosperity,” Gov. Nixon said. “By investing in our schools and our workforce, we’ve created a pro-business climate where companies can succeed, communities can grow, and Missourians can find a good job with good pay.”
CNN-Money recently rated Missouri as the nation’s sixth-best state for new business start-ups in its “10 Most Entrepreneurial States for 2011,” with Missouri being the only Midwestern state in the Top 10. In addition, Missouri’s state exports were up six percent during the first two quarters of 2012 compared to 2011, a year when the state of Missouri set a record with $14.1 billion in export sales revenue.
“The Berry family has been a true asset for Monroe City,” said Monroe City Mayor Neal Minor. “We are pleased that they choose to continue to make an investment in our community that will benefit the entire region.”
The expansion at Continental Castings is a sign that manufacturing is once again alive and well in Missouri. Recent expansions by other companies in the State of Missouri that are associated with the automotive industry has signaled that the industry is sustaining a turnaround the will have positive effects on the both the local and the state’s economies.
“This project required a significant amount of planning and work by the team at Continental Castings,” said David Gaines, Vice President at Moberly Area Economic Development. “We were very excited to partner with officials at Monroe City and the Missouri Department of Economic Development to support the Berry family’s efforts.”
The roots of the company go back to 1974 and ever since they have been providing quality tool and die as well as machining services to industry. Following the company’s motto of “A quality product at a fair price in an honest manner” has allowed the company to move into Zinc, Aluminum and Magnesium Die Casting along with precision machining and plastic injection molding using the latest computer numerically controlled equipment.
Three times since the company was founded the firm has had to either move into a larger facility to construct more space from which to operate. This most recent addition of quality craftsmen to their production capabilities required that an additional building be constructed on their Monroe City complex.
“Continental Castings’ investment in creating new jobs continues to uphold the long held belief that this region of Missouri is the place to do business”, said Corey Mehaffy, President of Moberly Area Economic Development. “This is the third company in Monroe City and the fourth in Monroe County to expand operations in the past year.”
For more information about Continental Castings visit their website at http://www.continentalcasting.com