The Lieutenant Governor’s Office was fortunate to visit Perryville. We toured three local companies, each providing quality jobs and education to Missourians. These three companies have coordinated their efforts over the last several years forming a partnership with Ranken Technical College. Through this partnership, Ranken Technical College has begun training a skilled workforce for Gilster-Mary Lee, TG-Missouri and Robinson Construction respectively. This type of economic partnership is a blueprint for success companies and communities throughout the state should look to duplicate in an effort to build Missouri’s economy and skilled workforce.
Gilster-Mary Lee: One of the largest private-label cereal manufacturers in the U.S., Gilster-Mary Lee makes more than 8,000 products including breakfast cereal, cake, baking mixes, cocoa and other drink mixes. The Perryville location makes nearly 70 different types of cereal including Great Value raisin bran and frosted flakes. It employs over 400 Missourians and is still family owned and operated.
TG-Missouri: Beginning production in 1987, TG-Missouri will celebrate 30 years of operation in Missouri this year. They employ over 1,800 Missourians in several factories and testing facilities. Among the items they manufacture are automobile interior and exterior parts such as glove boxes and consoles. TG-Missouri also assembles safety products including air bags and steering wheel mechanisms.
Robinson Construction: In their 70-year history, family owned and operated Robinson Construction Company has grown substantially from a one-man plumbing and heating business to their present status as a recognized leader in the construction industry and an employer of nearly 350 Missourians. They provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC), design-build, and general services to mining, industrial, renewable energy and heavy industrial markets.
Ranken Technical College: A private not-for-profit technical college based in St. Louis, which offers 32-degree programs. A satellite campus opened in Perryville this year to meet the needs of workforce development. It shares a facility with TG-Missouri, allowing nearly 100 students to gain both education and practical experience and entry straight into the workforce upon graduation.
It is my hope as Lieutenant Governor, to use the example of Perryville, and give other communities in Missouri the tools they need to be just as successful. The more each of our communities thrive, the better Missouri will be in the future.