Missouri is a center for advanced manufacturing excellence, supported by a cost competitive, pro-business and innovative environment, exceptional talent, extensive training programs, access to raw materials, and a globally connected infrastructure.
Missouri is a world leader in aerospace and automotive manufacturing, and exports more than $6.8 billion in advanced manufacturing products to more than 180 countries every year.
The U.S. is the world’s largest aerospace producer, and Missouri has a rich history in aviation, especially military aviation. From Charles Lindbergh, to the Mercury space program, to the latest in aerospace innovation by Boeing, Missouri has led the way in every aspect of aviation for nearly 100 years.
Today, more than 14,000 of Missouri’s highly trained workforce builds the F/A-18, EA-18, and F-15 fighter jets at Boeing’s Defense, Space and Security facilities, along with a huge array of military ordinance. Statewide, Missouri is home to 100 aerospace manufacturing companies.
Across the state, Missouri talent drives automotive manufacturing into the future with significant production from Ford, Harley-Davidson and GM. Missouri’s automotive manufacturing plants are strategically located on the North American Automotive Alley that stretches from Toronto to Mexico City, and Missouri’s Kansas City area is the second largest automotive trade hub behind Detroit, according to Brookings.
In 2016, Missouri produced more than 740,000 vehicles at the Ford and GM plants, almost half of Harley-Davidson’s motorcycles, advanced military jets for the US and allied militaries, and much more.
And our advanced manufacturing expertise extends to other areas as well, including roofing in Jonesburg, egg cartons in Rolla and stainless steel storage tanks in Springfield.
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We would find it difficult to replace the work force, many of whom are very technically skilled people. Missouri is good for Leggett & Platt, because of people, resources, economic incentives, and low tax burden.— Dave Haffner / Leggett & Platt
Central location has been key to Bodine’s success...you can get anywhere from Missouri, pretty much in any direction.— Bob Lloyd / Bodine Aluminum
For manufacturing, overall costs of labor, utilities, cost of land and buildings and the skilled labor pool, Missouri is one of the best values in the country.— Patrick Leinert / Leinco Technologies
Springfield is so diversified and so entrepreneurial. There’s opportunity here, even in a down time. That tells you something about the resiliency of the people and the local economy.— Jack Stack / SRC
Our staff understands glass science and technology. This is a company that grew out of the research and talent being incubated at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.— Ted Day / Mo-Sci Corporation
The central location with improved transportation access from the I-44 corridor and intermodal rail connections in St. Louis and Kansas City will allow us to quickly connect with our customers across the country. Here, we have found an excellent regional manufacturing workforce and a competitive business climate overall, which factored into the final decision to locate to Rolla.— Gerry Lavis / Hartmann North America
St. Louis is a community steeped in exploration, manufacturing, science, medicine, education, and the arts. We are proud to partner with Cortex to help St. Louis grow as a center for innovation in the region for years to come.— Dan Woods / TechShop