Missouri is a global leader in the aerospace and defense industry, and could be the best place for your next company expansion.
Nearly one in ten Missouri workers is employed in manufacturing, with automotive and aerospace being the sector’s largest components.
Boeing’s Defense, Space & Security, in St. Louis, the U.S.’s second largest defense contractor, has more than 14,000 employees in Missouri, making the F/A-18, F-15, EA-18G, MQ-25 and the new USAF T-X Trainer, along with composite parts for the 777X and a large line of defense munitions. GKN Aerospace employs approximately 800 highly-skilled workers at their aerospace manufacturing facility in Missouri, LMI Aerospace continues to grow with a recent $17.5 million investment in their Washington, Missouri, facility, and in 2016 High Tech Solutions relocated its HQ to, and expanded in, Lee’s Summit.
Seyer Industries in St. Peters specializes in high-complexity machined parts for the aerospace industry, PAS Technologies near Kansas City manufactures, maintains and overhauls components in the aerospace industry, and NEMO Manufacturing, a manufacturer of electrical components for fighter jets in La Grange is currently expanding.
From Charles Lindbergh, to the Mercury and Apollo space programs, to the latest in aerospace innovation today, Missouri has led the way in every aspect of aviation for nearly 100 years and that leadership continues today. Statewide, Missouri is home to 100 aerospace manufacturing companies and we could be the best location for your next expansion. Contact our Interim CEO Subash Alias to learn more.
From the 3,000+ (and increasing) employees at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) West in St. Louis providing intelligence support to US forces globally, to EaglePicher‘s high-tech lithium batteries that power NASA and the US military built in Joplin, to the Kansas City National Security Campus supporting the warfighter and keeping America’s nuclear deterrent safe, secure and reliable, Missouri is a defense industry leader in the heart of America. The defense industry invests $10.5 billion investment annually in Missouri, directly impacting more than 25,000 businesses.
Recently, NGA chose Missouri as the site of their new $1.7 billion western headquarters. “The St. Louis city site provides NGA with the most technological, academic and professional environment,” agency director Robert Cardillo said. And the urban base is preferable to “attract, recruit and retain” its more than 3,000 high-tech workers.
Leonardo DRS currently has two defense locations in Missouri, with both their DRS Land Systems HQ and a 100-acre heavy equipment manufacturing facility located here. A third location is planned for the St. Louis region. Missouri’s World Wide Technology is a global leader in computer system design for the defense industry. And Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems‘ Small Caliber Systems is based in Independence, Missouri, where the company has produced more than eight billion rounds of small-caliber ammunition in the last five years.
And when it comes to military bases, Missouri is home to Whiteman Air Force Base and America’s B-2 Spirit stealth bomber fleet, where both high-skilled military and civilian personnel work to defend the USA, such as technicians from L3 Technologies who maintain the B-2 Bomber simulators on base. Additionally, Missouri is home to Rosecrans Air National Guard Base and their “Top Gun” C-130 training program, and Fort Leonard Wood Army Base with the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, along with the US Army’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School, Engineer School, Military Police School, and 5th Engineer Battalion.
Geospatial Analysis and Cybersecurity
Geospatial analysis and cybersecurity are emerging sectors in Missouri, with solid foundations due to the presence of NGA and their thousands of employees. Twenty-two colleges across Missouri have cybersecurity programs, and many are also engaged in research related to cybersecurity. SixThirty CYBER, a cybersecurity focused seed fund and business development program provides startups with up to $250K in funding, focused mentorship, and rapid connectivity to the top US financial, healthcare, and federal agency CISOs and execs.
Additionally, the new Geospatial Resource and Innovation Center has launched at T-REX in downtown St. Louis, just two miles from NGA, and NGA has engaged with St. Louis’ LaunchCode to establish coding apprenticeships for talented individuals who lack the traditional IT credentials. To learn more about our innovation communities and how we are supporting our geospatial and cybersecurity industry through training and support, contact our Interim CEO Subash Alias.
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. A key Missouri example in the aerospace and defense industry is the customized pre-employment training developed by Boeing and St. Louis Community College.
And across the state, aerospace and defense training programs are developing the talent pipeline needed for today’s aerospace and defense industry at Missouri’s Knowledge Centers for Aerospace which include:
These Centers connect talent and industry together in a real-world environment that moves the industry forward. The Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies (CAMT) at Missouri S&T, for example, is a national center of excellence for the development and transition of innovative advanced technologies for the aerospace manufacturing supply chain. Its industrial consortium includes The Boeing Company, GKN Aerospace, 3D-printing manufacturer Stratasys and other industry leaders.
In totality, 58 Missouri institutions offer aerospace and defense related degrees and certificates, 22 offer degrees in cybersecurity and 15 offer degrees in precision production. And when it comes to colleges offering degrees in engineering and engineering technology, there are 20 offering associates programs, 15 bachelors, 7 masters and 4 PhD.
Additionally the Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence works extensively across Missouri to assist with workforce development. We can show you how Missouri can meet your unique talent needs. Contact our Interim CEO Subash Alias to learn how.
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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.
This move to Missouri is a well thought through strategy where all the benefits for all counterparts are optimized. The local authorities have been very easy to work with to help develop this project.— Raimo Helasmäki / Nammo AS
People here have an excellent work ethic. And there’s a sense of extended family in the area. It’s feels like a wholesome, down home country atmosphere with the amenities that you would expect in a metropolitan area.— Randy Moore / EaglePicher Technologies