During today’s COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson highlighted the importance of safely re-engaging in the economy and supporting Missouri businesses.

Governor Parson encourages Missourians to shop local and support Missouri-based businesses, which will be critical to stimulating the state’s economy moving forward.

The Buy Missouri Program was created in 2018 to highlight and promote Missouri businesses who also manufacture products within our state.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe joined Parson to give an update on the program, saying membership continues to grow with the addition of its 300th business partner.

Kehoe says it’s more important to buy local now than ever, because when we buy Missouri, we’re supporting our friends and neighbors.

Here’s more from the Lieutenant Governor’s Office:

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Since its creation in 2018, the Buy Missouri Program has highlighted and actively promoted Missouri businesses that manufacture products in Missouri. Recently the program reached a milestone by enrolling its three-hundredth business member.

“We are proud and excited to share that Buy Missouri membership continues to grow,” commented Lieutenant Governor, Mike Kehoe. “This program provides the opportunity to recognize and promote Missouri-made products. The Buy Missouri Program, which began with the vision of then Lieutenant Governor Parson, continues to grow because of the dedication and efforts of the 300+ members whose hard work supports and strengthens the state’s economy.”

To be eligible for membership in the Buy Missouri program, at least 51% of a company’s product must be manufactured in-state. Buy Missouri, by the numbers, equates to 305 members enrolled, 81 total counties reached, with 13,185 individuals employed, providing nearly $400 million in salaries to Missourians.

“The importance of shopping and buying local has been highlighted by COVID-19 pandemic,” Kehoe continued. “When we Buy Missouri, we support our friends and neighbors. Doing so will be even more critical in the coming weeks and months.” For a complete listing of Buy Missouri members, please go to www.buymissouri.net or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

More from the Governor’s Office: 

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – During today’s COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson highlighted the importance of safely re-engaging in the economy and supporting Missouri businesses.

Governor Parson encourages Missourians to shop local and support Missouri-based businesses, which will be critical to stimulating the state’s economy moving forward.

“We are on the road to recovery, and we must continue taking steps to protect ourselves and others. With that said, we encourage Missourians to safely re-engage in the economy,” Governor Parson said. “Now more than ever, Missouri businesses need our support to get back on their feet.”

Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe also joined today’s press briefing to provide an update on the Buy Missouri program.

“The importance of shopping and buying local has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Lieutenant Governor Kehoe said. “When we buy Missouri, we support our friends and neighbors. Doing so will be even more critical in the coming weeks and months.”

Buy Missouri was created in 2018 by then Lieutenant Governor Parson to actively promote Missouri businesses that manufacture or process products in the state. The program recently reached a milestone of 300 members.

Today, there are 305 members enrolled representing 81 counties across the state. Several of these businesses have stepped up to assist during the COVID-19 crisis.

Step N Pull, one of the newest members Buy Missouri members, manufactures foot-operated door openers. Aristos Beverages in Camdenton donated its canned water to the Mid-County Fire Protection District and surrounding community.

J Rieger & Co., Restless Spirits Distilling Co., Wood Hat, Gun It Energy, and StilL 630 Distillery have all shifted production to create hand sanitizer. TrippNT in Kansas City and Ortman Woodcraft in Cape Girardeau have produced face shields and other PPE to assist Missouri health care workers.

Other Buy Missouri companies have also created products to help protect staff and customers, such as pandemic products and signage developed by Impact Signs in Sedalia and Pro DeZigns in Eldon.