Local leaders took a break from the Missouri State Fair to tour two local manufacturers Thursday afternoon during the annual Sedalia Showcase.
Bullet manufacturer Sierra Bullets and Starline Brass, a maker of quality brass bullet casings located next door to Sierra, gave tours to local dignitaries following the Governor’s Ham Breakfast where they showcased their line of products sold globally. The event was hosted by Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County. Sierra Bullets moved its headquarters to Sedalia in 1992 from Santa Fe Springs, California due to high California taxes. Starline is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Both businesses were started in garages.
“These two companies are a shining example of Sedalia’s manufacturing potential. They each employ a local workforce and have been successful here in Sedalia,” said Rusty Kahrs, president of the Board of Directors for Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County.
Gov. Jay Nixon made an appearance following the ham breakfast at the Fair and spoke of Sedalia’s growth and prosperity in the manufacturing industry.
“There are 70 companies manufacturing quality goods right here in Sedalia,” said Nixon “Sedalia is in the business of manufacturing quality goods.”
He said Missouri is the best state to create jobs because of its local skill set.
“These skills are what gives Missouri a competitive edge,” he said. “The human capital gains that this state fosters will benefit generations. Supporting education is the best economic development there is.”
Nixon went on to say that during his 7-year tenure, the number of four-year degrees has increased 36 percent.
Nixson credited a lot of the manufacturing growth to Economic Development and specifically Executive Director Linda Christle.
“I heard that Linda Christle will be retiring soon,” said Nixon. “I refuse to accept or believe that.. Linda has made manufacturing growth the strong presence it has in Sedalia today.”
He honored Christle for her service to the organization. Prior to Nixon’s departure, he thanked the audience for supporting him during his time as governor.
Economic development wrapped up the event in Sedalia by presenting plaques of appreciation to Sierra Bullets’ President Patrick Daly, to Starline owners Barbara and Robert Hayden and to Black Dawn Manufacturing owners Tim Padgett and Steve Abbott, who offered a tour of its facility to guests later in the afternoon. Black Dawn manufactures high-quality rifles and handguns.