Nixon Announces Missouri Economy is "On the Move"
FREEBURG - Governor Nixon visited Freeburg Friday to announce the Quaker Window and Doors company would hire 45 additional people for its new line. The governor toured the complex before addressing the employees who took a break from work to listen to what he had to say. Nixon said thriving Missouri businesses are key in the state's economy and Quaker is part of that success.
"It's the latest in a series of strong, positive signs Missouri's economy is on the move," Nixon said.
Quaker regional sales director Jimmy Masen said the company considers itself lucky. "Having growth in any type of bad economy like this is good thing. There are a lot of other companies that haven't made it," Masen said.
Mike Knoll's family has owned Quaker since its start 61 years ago. He said the company was able to create the new jobs because it had to create a new window series called "Emerge" to keep up with new energy codes. "With a new window series, new energy codes, new line, new product, we had to have more jobs," said Knoll.
Nixon said the state funded the new training Quaker employees had to go through to keep up with the new energy codes.
Masen added the jobs are important for the area. Knoll said the company draws employees from seven different counties.
Nixon said, "Missouri is poised to compete and win against a global economy." He said that is because of the workers in Missouri. "The workers in my state show up early, stay late, great value. They deliver products on time and that, in this world, when you compare who your competing with, gives us a competitive advantage," Nixon said.