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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was in Higginsville this morning for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ag Power facility. The original building was destroyed by a fire on March 13, 2014. Nobody was injured during the event.
Higginsville Mayor Bill Kolas made an introductory speech commending the spirit of the Ag Power employees before introducing Ag Power Owner Jack Radke.
Mr. Radke was very humbled by the outpouring of support from the community and surrounding areas in the wake of the tragedy. After a few moving words, Jack Radke welcomed Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to the podium.
Governor Nixon stressed the importance of the commitment the Ag Power company made to its employees. Employees, in return, were committed to providing their service to the community by driving the extra distance to other Ag Power facilities in Missouri. As a result of the combined actions, Ag Power has not lost any employees.
Upon completion of the new facility, which will be the largest in the state, more jobs will be added. The new building will be 60,000 square feet; making it three times larger than the original structure. The new Ag Power building will be on the same site where its predecessor once stood. Owner Jack Radke hopes the Higginsville location will be open and operational within the next year.
Higginsville Mayor Bill Kolas was in attendance as well as Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce.