Advanced Manufacturing Network

Manufacturing Workforce in Missouri, BLS, 2016

Advanced manufacturing is the combination of talent, automation, innovation and process management, to competitively produce high-quality products with added value and reduced time to market. 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 $7.2 billion in advanced manufacturing products to more than 190 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, F-15 and T-X Trainer fighter jets, along with the new unmanned MQ-25 refueling drone, 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 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 2017, Missouri produced more than 756,000 vehicles at the Ford and GM plants, advanced military jets for the US and allied militaries, and much more.

Missouri understands that an educated and trained workforce is essential to success. As a result, Missouri offers traditional and non-traditional training options for workers and companies that allows employers to recruit a workforce that is customized to fit their needs.

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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In Their Words

Our meetings with representatives of Missouri and Gov. Greitens demonstrated that they are business-friendly and understand what we need as a company to be successful.

— James Debney / American Outdoor Brands

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 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

This rebar micro-mill project is consistent with our long-term strategy for profitable growth and builds on our position as the low-cost producer. Strategically positioning this micro-mill in Sedalia will give us a sustained cost advantage over other domestic steel producers supplying rebar from outside the region.

— John Ferriola / Nucor

Kansas City is the ideal location for our punched grid manufacturing center of excellence given its proximity to key Exide customers and our existing manufacturing facilities as well as access to an experienced local workforce.

— Vic Koelsch / Exide Technologies

The new production facility in Joplin will drastically scale up production to several thousand batteries per month, enabling us to keep pace with growing demand while also refining manufacturing processes and accelerating development efforts. The end result will be a turnkey engineering package we can deliver to manufacturers with customer demand already built into the equation.

— Randy Moore / ZAF Energy Systems Inc.

Faurecia is proud to open this new site and to provide new opportunities for local jobseekers. Kansas City Metro and the Blue Springs area are known for being a source of excellence in American manufacturing and we’re looking forward to building on that expertise and skill set as we continue to provide the very best to our customers.

— Donald Hampton, Jr. / Faurecia Interiors