(FREEBURG) – Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson visited area businesses in Osage County on Tuesday. The Lieutenant Governor visited Quaker Windows and Doors in Freeburg, and Diamond Pet Food in Meta. Both companies are Missouri-based in origin and operation, and do business on an international scale with multiple countries across the globe. Quaker Windows & Doors began operations in 1949 and currently has 921 employees, selling products in all 50 states, Canada, and Bermuda. Diamond Pet Food began production in 1970 and employs 160 in their Missouri production facility and 800 system-wide with facilities in Arkansas, South Carolina, and California. They export products across four different continents.

“Missouri is proud to have businesses like Quaker Windows & Doors and Diamond Pet Food,” said Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson. “Both of these companies have humble beginnings, and a history of hard work and dedication to their customers. I am pleased they continue to be family owned and operated and based in the Show-Me State, and provide quality jobs to over one thousand Missourians” Parson said. “Over eighty percent of new jobs in Missouri come from existing business, and I am doing all I can to support job creation in our state,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson.

“Diamond Pet Foods continues to source many ingredients from the state of Missouri, and our relationship with other Missouri companies has allowed us to remain competitive in a global economy,” said Diamond Pet Foods Vice President of Manufacturing Mark Schell. It was our pleasure to show Lieutenant Governor Parson our product plant in Meta,” Schell said.