(MARYVILLE, Mo.) -- Missouri Governor Mike Parson toured the Kawasaki plant in Maryville Friday morning during a barnstorming tour of the state to round up votes ahead of the November 3rd election.
Kawasaki recently completed a $26 million expansion that includes three new assembly lines and the addition of more than 100 new jobs.
Parson said Kawasaki's expansion shows how his policies on handling the coronavirus have been on the right track to restarting the economy caused by the pandemic.
"Our employment numbers in Missouri are in the top five in the United States at 4.9 percent," Parson said. "We are 15th in the U.S. in bringing our economy back because we made decisions early to keep our businesses open to move forward in the state and to keep people in the workforce. I think by taking a balanced approach in everything we've been through is why we're here today."
Parson's opponent, Democratic state auditor Nicole Galloway has criticized Parson's handling of the crisis, saying his lax attitude toward mask-wearing has led to 70,000 people leaving the workforce because of the downward economy.
KQ2 News has sat down for one-on-one interviews with each candidate. This Sunday night on KQ2 News at 10 we will look more at their race and how they stand on the issues.
Parson is running for his first four-year term as governor. He took office after the resignation of former Governor Eric Greitens in 2018.