Missouri Chamber recognizes Nestlé Purina, Parson with top annual honors

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry handed out eight different awards to Missouri businesses, entrepreneurs and elected officials at its annual Missouri Business Awards ceremony.

The chamber honored Gov. Mike Parson with its Man in the Arena Award, which recognizes elected officials who have helped Missouri businesses. Nestlé Purina PetCare was named the Champion of Enterprise, the chamber’s highest honor for businesses, which recognizes enterprises’ contributions to the state over the years.

“Nestlé Purina PetCare and Gov. Mike Parson are both champions of Missouri Business,” Daniel Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said in a press release.

Six other awards were handed out at the ceremony, which took place Nov. 14. Other honors included the Fast Track Award, given to the “fastest-growing companies in Missouri.”  Eight companies were recognized: Charlie Hustle, Heritage Biologics, LUZCO Technologies, Phoenix Homecare and Hospice, NorthPoint Development, PFSbrands, Show Me Global Logistics and SMC Packaging Group.

In addition, the state chamber recognized the St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce as its Chamber of the Year.

Other winners included the Jennings School District for Education Innovator; Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer and Rep. Brenda Shields for Freshman of the Year; and Brad Thomas, president of Silver Dollar City and Attractions, for the Leadership Missouri Alumni Lifetime Achievement award.

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