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Sam's Club Bringing Nearly 200 Jobs, Services and Savings to Wentzville
WENTZVILLE, MO, (, October 29, 2012 - Sam's Club will celebrate the opening of its first club in Wentzville - including 200 new jobs to the community - during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Located at 3055 Bear Creek Drive off I-70 at the Wentzville Parkway exit, the new Sam's Club will service one of the fastest growing areas of Missouri and is expected to draw residents of St. Charles and other surrounding counties. Sam's Club will give back to the community by donating nearly $39,000 in grants to local charities in celebration of the grand opening.

"Our Wentzville Sam's Club will enhance the shopping experience in the western section of St. Charles County and even into Lincoln County," said Club Manager Steven Johnson. "Previously, the closest Sam's Club was more than 20 miles away. As members of this rapidly growing community stay busy with work and families, we are excited to help our members save time and money through innovative services and amazing savings."

In an announcement, Wentzville Mayor Nick Guccione said, "We are already seeing that Sam's Club is going to be a great partner with our community. The increase in tax revenue the club will bring will allow for better roads, more police and other benefits for our area. We truly expect the opening of Sam's Club to spur more growth in Wentzville as we reach our second phase of growth."

The Wentzville Sam's Club will be the 17th club in Missouri. Sam's Club, along with parent company Walmart Stores Inc., employs nearly 42,000 associates in Missouri and last year provided more than $524 million in taxes to state and local municipalities.

"Any time a company can bring 200 new jobs to an area, especially in a struggling economy, it is a plus," said Club Manager Johnson, who started his Sam's Club career 23 years ago as a cashier in Lenexa, Kansas. "I went from being a cashier to leading several clubs throughout the nation, which shows the career possibilities available through Sam's Club."

Sam's Club associates selected several local organizations to receive donations, including:

A $10,000 donation to the SSM St. Joseph Foundation for the obstetrics unit at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West
A $5,000 donation to LINC
A $5,000 grant to the Wentzville Green Lantern Senior Center
A $5,000 grant to for the Friends of Wentzville Park
The Wentzville Sam's Club will also help fight hunger through regular product donations to the St. Louis Area Food Bank, a certified member of Feeding America.

"We are extremely grateful for this generous gift that will allow us to purchase five new bassinets for our newborns," said Sherry Gerke, director of the SSM St. Joseph Hospital Foundation. "This is especially timely. In August we had 127 deliveries, the highest number of babies born in one month at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West since it opened 26 years ago."

LMI Aerospace to Make $4.3 Million Capital Investment
ST. CHARLES, MO, (, October 14, 2012 - LMI Aerospace, a leading provider of components, assemblies and engineering services to the aerospace, defense and technology industries has announced plans to expand its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities in St. Charles, MO.

LMI Aerospace is embarking upon a significant expansion because of an increased demand for its services, and is adding nearly 49,000 square-feet of new headquarters and manufacturing space in St. Charles. The company's planned capital investment of $4.3 million is expected to create approximately 100 new local jobs over the next five years. The Governor made the announcement today at LMI Aerospace's headquarters in St. Charles, where he was joined by company and community leaders.

During a tour of the facility, Governor Jay Nixon, stated, "Missouri's workforce is trained and ready for the advanced manufacturing jobs of tomorrow, which is why industry leaders like LMI Aerospace choose the Show-Me State to grow their business and create jobs. Missouri's stable and positive business climate is helping to move our economy forward, while creating jobs and prosperity for more Missourians."

The Missouri Department of Economic Development recently reported that 17,900 new jobs were created in Missouri during August, while the state's unemployment rate of 7.2 percent has remained below the national unemployment rate for 36 consecutive months. Missouri employers have now created more than 46,000 new jobs during 2011 and 2012-to-date combined.

To assist LMI Aerospace in moving forward with its growth plans, the company could be eligible for a strategic economic incentive package from the State of Missouri if it meets the strict job creation and investment criteria of each program.

"We've fought to keep Missouri the best place in the Midwest to start, locate or expand a business," Gov. Nixon said. "We will continue to hold the line on taxes, balance the budget, and focus on job creation to keep our economy moving forward."

Missouri Hunters Encouraged to Donate 10,000 Deer
Through Share the Harvest Program

ST. CHARLES, MO, (, October 7, 2012 - Gov. Jay Nixon was at Bass Pro Shops in St. Charles, Wednesday, October 3, to encourage Missouri deer hunters to help reach the goal of contributing 10,000 deer to families in need through the Share the Harvest program this year. Share the Harvest is a partnership between the Conservation Federation of Missouri, the Missouri Department of Conservation, regional food banks, local food pantries and meat processors to provide venison donated by hunters and processors to Missouri families in need.

"Hunting is a time-honored tradition here in Missouri, as is sharing with those in need," Gov. Nixon said. "For more than two decades, Missouri's hunters have helped thousands of struggling families put food on the table through the Share the Harvest program. Again this year, I encourage all Missouri hunters to join me by helping us reach the goal of donating 10,000 deer to feed Missouri families in need."

The Governor said the upcoming urban hunt is an ideal time for Missouri hunters to contribute to Share the Harvest. During Missouri's urban deer hunt, the cost of processing a whole deer for donation to Share the Harvest is completely covered by the Missouri Conservation Federation and its local partners.

Throughout archery and the November Firearms deer season, the Share the Harvest program subsidizes a portion of the cost of butchering and packaging whole deer donated by Missouri hunters; in many communities, local partners cover the remainder of the processing costs. To participate, hunters simply take their deer to an approved processor and indicate how much venison they wish to contribute, ranging from a few pounds to a whole deer.

"For Missouri hunters, there is a proud legacy of giving back to our communities through the Share the Harvest program," said Dave Murphy, executive director of the Conservation Federation of Missouri. "Thanks to Gov. Nixon's leadership and the support of our private sponsors, we have continued to see an increase in donations to our food banks of healthy, nutritious venison for Missouri families."

Now in its 21st season, the Share the Harvest program is able to process up to 10,000 deer this season and provide that venison to families in need. During the 2011 hunting season, nearly 6,200 whole deer were processed through Share the Harvest, resulting in more than 370,000 pounds of venison for families in need. That was an increase over the 5,390 whole deer donated in 2010, and the 4,200 whole deer donated in 2009. During each of the past three hunting seasons, Gov. Nixon has donated a whole deer he successfully hunted to Share the Harvest.

The 2012 Missouri firearms deer season opens Nov. 10, and runs through Nov. 20. Archery season for deer began Sept. 15 and runs through Nov. 9, and then will resume on Nov. 21 through Jan. 15. There also are hunting seasons for youth, for hunters using muzzleloaders and other approved alternative hunting methods, and for harvesting antlerless deer.

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