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26 September 2011

Rupp: General Motors Plans Investment In Wentzville, Report on Natural Disaster Recovery Released

Recently, some exciting news was announced that could directly impact our area. It was reported that General Motors (GM) plans to invest $380 million into its assembly plant in Wentzville. The proposal has the potential to add 1,850 jobs to our community.

According to an article published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, GM’s initiative to invest in the Wentzville plant is an element in the company’s proposal to invest $2.5 billion in its facilities across the nation and create or retain more than 6,000 jobs during a four-year contract (the contract still needs to be ratified by union members). The article further states, “The investment by GM would pay for a 500,000-square-foot addition to the Wentzville's current 3.7 million-square-foot facility, improvements to its paint department and other upgrades. The new contract also details plans for a midsize pickup to be produced in Wentzville.”

It’s no secret that we are dealing with a tough economy, and all too often, we only hear bad news, which is disheartening. Therefore, I am very pleased to see the potential for economic growth in our area, and I am sincerely hoping for the best.

In legislative news, the Senate Interim Committee on Natural Disaster Recovery released its final report this week. The report details testimony that the board’s three subcommittees heard during public hearings, and states its proposals for helping our fellow Missourians move forward after various natural disasters struck our state this year.

I had the pleasure of serving on the Subcommittee on Insurance Response, and my colleagues and I attended several public meetings across the state. On Aug. 23, the full committee met to discuss the present recovery efforts, and how to prepare Missouri for future disasters. We targeted several issues during our conference, including cleanup and rebuilding efforts, the importance of communication during a crisis, and how a clear chain of command is vital to staying in control during times of uncertainty. To view the committee’s full recommendations, please click here.

Natural disasters are unpredictable and usually always catch us off guard. Therefore, it’s important for us to be as prepared as possible. Heaven forbid this magnitude of disaster should happen again, our learning experiences from this year will help us recover in the future. I do not doubt the resolve people have in our state. When faced with obstacles, we always brush ourselves off and stand up taller than before.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this or any other legislative matter. As always, thank you for the privilege and honor of serving you in our state government.

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