MOSASP Success Stories

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Those who drive past Cuba, Mo, along I-44, will spot an airplane standing guard at Cuba Municipal Airport. This C-12 aircraft was transferred through the Federal Donation Program, a program operated by the Missouri State Agency for Surplus Property (MOSASP).

When a C-12 aircraft became available, the City of Cuba jumped on the opportunity to have a plane displayed at the city airport. The city was granted the craft in June, 2017, which meant the hard part began. Since the plane was located in North Carolina, this meant a team had to tackle the daunting task of bringing the craft back to Missouri.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, New Life Evangelistic Center (NLEC) continued its mission in caring for the homeless during these critical times. Headquartered in the St. Louis area, NLEC’s mission includes caring for the hungry and homeless in some of Missouri’s largest population centers. These vulnerable individuals needed assistance, because shelters and other safe locations were closed or were full. NLEC took to the streets to address the needs. As sanitary items (personal protective supplies) were becoming almost impossible to find, Larry Rice, Founder and Director of NLEC, began to think of ways to ensure that the homeless were getting items that could help them stay clean in an environment that was proving very difficult. NLEC even began the daunting task of making their own hand sanitizer to minimize virus spread through these vulnerable individuals.

What would a fire department need with a sewing machine? According to Tri-County Fire Protection District Fire Chief Rick Hobbs, a heavy duty sewing machine can save the department lot of money and time.

When a Consew light-weight commercial sewing machine became available at the Missouri State Agency for Surplus Property, Hobbs did not hesitate on the opportunity, especially since it would be greatly used at the district that serves Richland and the rural areas surrounding it in Pulaski, Camden, and Laclede counties. Hobbs stated a sewing machine becomes a necessity as turnout gear is torn or worn. Previously, the department would send it to be repaired in Ohio, which takes time and money, but with this acquisition from MOSASP, the department will be able to do most of the repairs in house.

Hobbs was thankful that MOSASP was able to help the department save time and money, especially in the current situation regarding the COVID-19 virus.

While many across the state began to hunker down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) was busy assisting emergency personnel with supplies as they faced the virus head-on. With the help of the Missouri State Agency for Surplus Property (MOSASP), SEMA was able to supply fire, law and EMS departments in St. Louis with protective goggles.

Protective gear was needed during a time when many uncertainties regarding the virus was plaguing emergency responses. Protecting the mouth, nose, and eyes was a priority, especially for those responding to emergency issues that included the Coronavirus.

On March, 20, SEMA acquired almost 1,500 protective military goggles. Once back to SEMA’a warehouse, they were distributed to fire departments, law enforcement, and EMS’s in Region C, which covers much of the St. Louis area.

The Missouri Agency for Surplus Property (MOSASP) assisted in saving the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) thousands of dollars this summer on an incline mower.

In July, MoDOT’s Central District acquired a Kut Kwick mower by utilizing the services of MOSASP.

“One of my coworkers called me one day to tell me about this mower available at Surplus. We have always wanted one, especially with all the mowing that we do in the capital city (Jefferson City),” MoDOT Maintenance Supervisor Kyle Fischer stated.

Jefferson City highway banks are very challenging to mow because of the terrain. Fisher stated that typically these areas are cut using weed eaters, in addition to utilizing incarcerated labor from the local prison.

MoDOT jumped on the chance on acquiring this mover. MOSASP was able to save MoDOT more than $30,000. Brand new, the mower would cost around $47,729, but MOSASP was able to transfer the mower to MoDOT for $10,000.