For Immediate Release:
Dec. 22, 2014

Contact: Kyle Aubuchon
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Sen. Doug Libla Announces Mid Continent Nail to Expand in Poplar Bluff and Create New Jobs

JEFFERSON CITY—Senator Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, today announced that Mid Continent Nail Corporation, a division of Mid Continent Steel & Wire, is expanding its presence in Poplar Bluff. The company’s expansion, which includes nearly $5 million in new capital investment, is expected to create an additional 91 full-time jobs in the region.

“I am very appreciative for Deacero’s continued commitment to the Poplar Bluff area,” said Sen. Libla. “Their decision to expand their operations is a testament to the quality of our local and regional workforce.”

Mid Continent Nail, located in the Poplar Bluff Industrial Park, began business in 1987 under the ownership of David and Doug Libla. Deacero USA, Inc. purchased the company in February 2012. Mid Continent is the largest bulk pallet nail manufacturer in the United States, as well as the largest supplier of nails to the wooden pallet and crating industry. The business has customers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Deacero, owned by the Gutierrez family since 1952, is a leader in scrap processing, steel production, and mesh and wire products manufacturing, with locations in more than 20 countries worldwide.

Senator Libla gave special thanks for the expansion to Deacero’s owners, Raul Gutierrez and his family; David Libla and the hard-working employees at Mid Continent Nail; Fernando Villanueva, new CEO of Mid Continent Nail; Steven Halter, president of the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce and Poplar Bluff Industries; Gov. Jay Nixon; the Missouri Department of Economic and Workforce Development; Three Rivers College president Dr. Wes Payne and staff Dr. Brenda Russell, Bud Joyner, and Jennifer Hurt; Melissa Robbins, with the South Central Missouri Workforce Investment Board; Felicity Ray, executive director of Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission; Poplar Bluff City Manager Heath Kaplan; the Butler County commissioners; Poplar Bluff Industries Board of Directors; and Chris Pratt, from Mid Continent Nail.

“I take pride in knowing our community will continue to support this great family-oriented company as they continue creating good job opportunities and quality products,” said Sen. Libla.

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Senator Doug Libla proudly serves the citizens of Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Shannon and Stoddard counties in the Missouri Senate.