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Defense Manufacturer Invests in West Plains, Missouri

Leonardo DRS, a leading provider of defense products and technologies, has announced plans to expand its manufacturing campus in West Plains, Missouri. The new investment is expected to create more than 100 jobs in the region.

“We’re proud to see the public and private sectors working together to provide the infrastructure that Leonardo DRS and the West Plains community need,” said Governor Mike Parson. “This expansion is a prime example of infrastructure’s importance to business investment and shows Missouri delivers what companies need to grow. We appreciate Leonardo DRS’ commitment to a local workforce and support for our military and look forward to their continued success.”

Leonardo DRS’ expansion was enabled in part by a cooperative effort to construct a new overpass that addresses concerns affecting logistics and efficiency.

“The construction of the Independence Drive overpass was a key prerequisite for the continued growth of Leonardo DRS’ manufacturing campus in West Plains,” said Steve Foster, Vice President of Operations, Land Systems at Leonardo DRS. “Because the campus is bisected by U.S. Route 160, it was important we arrived at a solution that addressed the safety of our community partners as well as DRS workers, while improving security and workflow connectivity. We very much appreciate the efforts of the City of West Plains, and many others at the local, state, and federal level who came together to ensure the continued success of this location and its community.”

“This expansion shows what can be accomplished when economic development partners work together, and we’re excited to see Leonardo DRS growing in West Plains,” said Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development Maggie Kost. “This project is proof positive that our state is an ideal location for businesses to invest, expand, and thrive. Whether infrastructure, skilled talent, or local support, Missouri gets the job done.”

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