Nixon Announces Expansion of Montgomery City Company

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MONTGOMERY CITY - Governor Jay Nixon announced Wednesday morning that Porta-King Building Systems will be investing $1.1 million to expand the local plant.

Nixon announced the decision at the facility in Montgomery City, and was accompanied by company employees and leaders of the community, all who are excited for the economic growth that the expansion of the company will bring to the city.

"Your success here sets a great example for other manufacturers in Missouri that others should aspire to," Nixon said.

Porta-King recently purchased the facility in Montgomery City due to increased sales demand, and after doubling its workforce in the past year, the company is looking to expand even further. The manufacturer expects to provide 20 additional local jobs in the next year.

Joan Andrews is a Montgomery City resident. Many of her friends are Porta-King employees, and she's thankful for them that this new contract is keeping jobs intact, as well as creating new ones.

"Their last four years were very difficult for them," Andrews said. "So they were excited about having a new contract and having their job security."

Nixon is excited for what local ventures like this say for the economic development of the state as a whole. He cited a report by the Kauffman Foundation, which ranked Missouri as the sixth best state for entrepreneurial activity. The previous year Missouri was number 35 on the list.