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Congressman Cleaver Announces International Company Calling Kansas City Home Critical Investment will Promote New Jobs and Economic Growth

Congressman Cleaver Announces International Company Calling Kansas City Home Critical Investment will Promote New Jobs and Economic Growth

June 3, 2014 

Congressman Cleaver meets with Jurox Head
 of Sales and Marketing John O’Brien
in his Kansas City Congressional Office

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II is pleased to announce big economic news for Missouri’s Fifth District that will bring jobs and additional prestige to the area. Jurox, an international pharmaceutical company, is establishing its North American headquarters in Kansas City.  The Congressman was honored to assist the company throughout recent months to ensure the business would successfully locate here, creating an economic boost and bringing new jobs, with the potential for many more. The company, based in Rutherford, Australia, has been providing Alfaxan, an induction anesthetic for use in both dogs and cats, in Australia for several years and is eager to market the drug here in the United States.

“I am thrilled that all of the hard work to bring this company to Kansas City and to establish their North American Headquarters here paid off,” said Congressman Cleaver. “I had the great pleasure of meeting with Managing Director JJ O’Brien a few months ago. This is a win-win for our great city that will create new jobs and increase our city's footprint in the animal health corridor. This is a good day for Jurox, for Kansas City, and for the entire metropolitan area.”

On September 6, 2012, the FDA granted approval to Jurox for Alfaxan, a drug that has been used safely in Australia for many years. Jurox has been working extensively with the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, the City of Kansas City, the Kansas City Economic Development Corporation, the State of Missouri, and the Missouri Partnership to make this a successful transition.

The establishment of a base of operations in Kansas City will lead to the creation of well-paying jobs, boosting economic activity in Kansas City in the immediate future, while also paving the way for greater expansion in the long-term. Within the animal health industry, the Greater Kansas City area is a national leader, comprising nearly one-third of total sales in the worldwide animal health market, and leading the country in animal health research.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee and also serves as a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus.  


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