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(Jefferson City) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says that he will lead a delegation of Missouri business leaders and state officials to Canada next week in an attempt to sell more Missouri products to Canada, and expand investments by Canadian companies in Missouri.

Canada is Missouri’s largest export market and purchased nearly $4 billion in Missouri goods last year, led by the provinces of Ontario ($2.6 billion) and Quebec ($700 million).

Gov. Nixon will also meet with the leadership of major Canadian corporations that have made or are considering making investments in Missouri, such as Magna International, the parent company of Magna Seating in Excelsior Springs and LMV Automotive in Liberty. In 2012, LMV Automotive broke ground on a $42 million facility in Liberty that will supply parts to the Ford Transit, being built in Claycomo.

Missouri’s top exports to Canada in 2013 were transportation equipment ($1.5 billion); chemicals ($624 million); machinery ($438 million); and food products ($352 million).

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