Perryville manufacturing gets national recognition | News
PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS)- People in Perryville are talking about a Forbes.com article that refers to the area as a "manufacturing oasis."
"It's been quite a chatter going on around the plant," said Rhonda Ruark of TG Missouri.
"It's pretty awesome actually," said Al Farless, the Vice President of Program Development at Sabreliner.
"We were very ecstatic to be featured in Forbes I think it's definitely a feather in Perryville's cap," said Melissa Hemmann of the Perryville Chamber of Commerce. "Everyone is just so proud that Perryville was featured."
Some major companies like Gilster-Mary Lee, TG Missouri, and Sabreliner call Perryville home to one of their locations.
Farless said one of the secrets to success is the relationship with the city.
"They've assisted us in developing training programs for the people that work here, and also provided funding for classrooms and tools and equipment so that we could train these people for the specific work that we do," said Farless.
He said the city's also helped in building a new painting facility.
"Helping with the infrastructure like sewers and water and laying of concrete and grading and all those that it requires to put a building up like this, they were very, very helpful," said Farless. "We're very fortunate to have their support to help us grow."
"That partnership is what makes us successful," said Ruark.
"When they support you like that it's very important because you're not here alone trying to develop a company," said Farless.
"We're still always looking at ways to expand our workforce," said Hemmann.
Ruark with TG Missouri said development groups in the area don't stop.
"Always looking for ways to keep the community growing whether it's from adding new business to adding new housing," said Ruark.
"Even though our unemployment rate is low, we're always willing to look at new industries to come to Perryville," said Hemmann.
Hemmann said "new" is on it's way, but instead of industries, right now it's people.
"Three of our major employers are in the process of expansion right now which is wonderful because so many other manufacturing businesses are shutting down or doing layoffs so we're very fortunate," said Hemmann.
"We're going to be hiring some more, so we're very excited," said Ruark.
"The folks work really hard to bring new businesses and expand current businesses," said Farless.
Both Farless and Ruark said they think the difference is the workers.
"We have a lot of local people here who are very talented having grown up with doing mechanical things," said Farless.
"I really think the people of Perryville have a tremendous work ethic," said Ruark.
Whatever the secret to success, due to the Forbes.com article, it's no longer a secret there's manufacturing success in Perryville.
"We're open for business," said Hemmann.
You can view the article on Forbes.com here.
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