Nixon Touts Job Growth as Springfield Business Expands
Posted on January 25, 2015 08:39 am CST
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon touted the best year for job creation in Missouri since 1997 in Springfield Friday as one local business announced and expansion that will bring jobs and have international impact.
"This is our first major expansion," Allen Global president Jerry Nichols said.
Allen Global created fluid management systems -- everything from oil equipment to waste water filtration.
Nichols explained what his new division, Allen Filtration, will do in Springfield during a tour of the company's Elm Street facility with Nixon and Mayor Bob Stephens.
"We've created a recycling system that produces clean, usable petroleum products out of waste and there are no by-products, but clean water from irrigation and cleaning," Nichols said. "This is an amazing advancement with patent pending as of a month ago."
Nichols says some products made with Allen Filtration will be shipped to a new sister-company in Kazakhstan. He says Nixon and Congressman Billy Long Helped forge the deal
KOLR 10 was there when long introduced the Kazakhstani ambassador to the Queen City of the Ozarks last year.
"Kazakhstan is a dynamic economy. We are an emerging country," Ambassador Kairat Umarov said in Aug. 2014.
"It's a very important ally to our country and something we need to concentrate on," Long said.
Allen Global already does business in dozens of other countries and holds offices in six.
"We are finding all over the world that they want American products," Nichols said.
Nixon, who boasted the state saw 44,000 new jobs come to the state in 2014 -- bringing the unemployment rate down to 5.4 percent, said international business is integral to the state's economy moving forward.
"The more Missouri goods we sell overseas, the more good jobs we create at home," Nixon said.
Nixon said he hopes more 'Missouri Made' goods, like Allen Global's filtration systems, will continue to make their way around the globe.
"Last year, exports were way up there -- $14 billion worth of products grown, made in Missouri and sold in international markets," Nixon said. "I can't stress enough the importance of exports."