ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI (June 30, 2021) - The St. Louis Lambert International Airport, in partnership with the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA), the World Trade Center St. Louis (WTCSTL), the STL Partnership and the Midwest Cargo Hub Commission, hosted the grand opening of the airport's new Live Animal Export Facility. Missouri Cattlemen's Association representatives were onsite for the historic event.
"We were excited to be part of the launch of the new Livestock Export Facility at St. Louis Lambert International Airport," said MCA Executive Vice President Mike Deering. "We recognize the profound impact this opportunity will have on our industry and appreciate the involvement of MASBDA, Governor Mike Parson and leaders of this initiative."
Also in attendance were Chris Chinn, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Rob Dixon, Director, Missouri Department of Economic Development; and Patrick McKenna, Director, Missouri Department of Transportation, as well as leaders of each partner organization.
“The data, coupled with our federally approved facility, is proving that St. Louis is the logical location from which to ship live animals globally," said Tim Nowak, Executive Director of WTCSTL. "This would not have been possible without the work of our Cargo Hub Commission partners and the support of St. Louis County Port Authority.”
Local leaders are encouraged by the new marketing outlet and optimistic about its effect on the state.
"This initiative has our support," Deering said. "It will benefit Missouri’s economy and provide another opportunity for Missouri producers who desire to transport live cattle to other countries."