Missouri is one of the best locations in North America for manufacturing, supported by a cost-competitive, pro-business and innovative environment. Missouri’s exceptional talent pool is enhanced by extensive and customizable training programs, easy access to raw materials and a globally connected logistics infrastructure that allows you to import needed additives and export your finished product.
Across the state, Missouri talent drives automotive manufacturing into the future with significant production from Ford and GM. In 2022 alone, Missouri produced more than 562,000 vehicles at the Ford and GM plants, strategically located on the North American Automotive Alley that stretches from Toronto to Mexico City. Since 2010, nearly $4.5 billion has been invested in Missouri automotive facilities.
The U.S. is the world’s largest aerospace producer, and Missouri has a rich history in aviation, especially military aviation. From Charles Lindbergh and 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 16,000 of Missouri’s highly trained workforce build the F/A-18, EA-18, F-15 and T-7A fighter jets and the MQ-25 unmanned refueler at Boeing’s Defense, Space and Security facilities, along with composite parts for the 777x and a huge array of military ordinance. Statewide, Missouri is home to 100+ aerospace manufacturing companies.
Missouri’s competitive cost of living and vibrant culture enables companies to provide employees with a high quality of life at a lower cost.
Missouri produces the vast majority of the stainless-steel equipment used in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, dairy and chemicals industries nationwide. Missouri is also known for its remanufacturing industry cluster, which includes companies like CNH Reman, SRC Holdings, John Deere Reman, MCI Cores and Sterling Bearing.
And Missouri is known for aluminum boat manufacturing with brands including:
With more than 3 million educated workers, Missouri has a greater talent pool than 29 other states, including most of its neighbors.
Missouri is home to 80+ certified work ready communities. Manufacturing centers of excellence across the state include the new Robert W. Plaster Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Ozarks Technical Community College, and the recently announced St. Louis Regional Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Center. It will be located adjacent to Ranken Technical College in St. Louis.
Missouri talent is driving innovation and building a modern, cutting-edge economic environment, producing everything from trucks and fighter jets to the latest in research innovation.