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5 reasons Missouri is right for transportation and logistics

Missouri is one of the top states for transportation and logistics. Proximity to market is only half of it. Ability to reach that market quickly and cheaply is critical to business success. Whether by rail, river, road or air, Missouri gets product to market faster, significantly lowering overall business costs.  

1. Missouri can get your product to market faster and cheaper.

  • Interstates 70, 64, 55, 44, 35, 25 and 49 crisscross the state, forming one of the largest U.S. road systems.  
  • Two of the largest rail terminals in the US are located in Missouri, and the state has rail access to both East and West coasts.  
  • Missouri offers low-cost, year-round shipping to international markets via the Mississippi River.  
  • Missouri has two airports offering international service in Kansas City and St. Louis.

2. Missouri puts you closer to your customers and suppliers.

  • Missouri is within 600 miles of eight of the fastest growing U.S. metros (U.S. Census). 
  • More than 50% of U.S. buying power and 52% of manufacturing can be found within a single day's drive.  
  • Missouri is bordered by eight states, tied with Tennessee for the most of any U.S. State – providing access to even more markets and customers.

3. Missouri really is more pro-business than other Midwestern states.

  • Missouri has ranked among the Top 10 Pro-Business states six years in a row (Pollina Corporate Real Estate).
  • Missouri has some of the lowest fuel costs in the country, meaning lower transportation costs for truck fleets.
  • Missouri is tax-friendly, with no inventory tax and low property taxes.
  • Missouri has maintained a AAA bond rating for over 50 years.

4. Missouri's got talent!

  • Almost 300,000 Missourians were employed in the Transportation/Logistics sector in 2015 (BLS).
  • With more than three million highly educated workers, Missouri’s growing, diverse population is a strong point of difference among other Midwest states. In fact, Missouri’s substantial number of skilled employees exceeds the entire populations of 20 states, including Kansas, Arkansas, and Nebraska (U.S. Census and BLS).
  • A well-educated population provides an easily trainable labor pool. Missouri has a higher high school graduation rate than most other states (Education Week).

5. Missouri "gets" transportation and logistics companies. Look who's here!

For all of the above reasons, Missouri has nearly 20,000 establishments in the transportation/logistics sector (BLS).  Look who's here!



Missouri is within a two-days drive of most of the country.



Missouri also has the 5th lowest gasoline tax. Source: Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, 2016

Companies with distribution centers in Missouri include:

Coca-Cola (Joplin and St. Louis)
Dollar General (Fulton)
General Mills (Joplin)
Kraft Foods (Springfield)
Toys R Us (Kansas City)
Walmart  (Kansas City, Moberly, St. James)

Trucking companies in Missouri include: 

XPO Logistics Full Truckload (HQ Joplin)
Hogan1 (HQ St. Louis)
Jack Cooper Transport (HQ Kansas City)
OrTran Inc. (HQ Independence)
Prime Inc. (HQ Springfield)  

3PL companies in Missouri include: 

Ditzfeld Transfer (HQ Sedalia)
Exel (Kansas City, Springfield, and St. Louis)
Graybar (HQ St. Louis)
Transplace (St. Louis)
SRC Logistics (HQ Springfield)
World Wide Technology (HQ St. Louis)

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