Four years ago, in the wake of many states enacting tougher gun-control laws, I sent letters to a number of gun and ammunition manufacturers inviting them to come to Missouri because of our appreciation of the 2nd Amendment, our business friendly environment and ideal geographical location for manufacturing. Today, we will announce the movement of American Outdoor Brands (formerly Smith & Wesson) not only to Missouri, but to Mid-Missouri. I appreciate the work of Governor Eric Greitens and his team in helping close this deal that had been in the works for several years. Businesses from around the country are taking notice of Missouri and the steps we are taking to grow our economy and make our state more friendly to business. Hopefully this will be the first of many announcements of new jobs coming to Mid-Missouri in the years to come.