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The Joplin Region

SouthwestRegion_SmallMap_RegionalMapsThe Joplin Region sits in Missouri’s southwest, at the crossroads of I-44 and I-49 and served by two Class 1 railroads, providing easy shipping to all of North America. Due to the rail and road infrastructure, you can reach most US consumers in less than 12 hours.

Industry strengths in the region include logistics and distribution, advanced manufacturing, food solutions, professional services, alternative energy, and information technology.

The region is known for its skilled labor force, easy transportation access, competitive operating costs and a local government that is pro-business. About 53 percent of the available labor pool has some college and 87 percent have a high school diploma.

As a region four new business sectors are a prime focus for growth – distribution centers, administrative office operations, commercial machinery repair and custom computer programming. These sectors join the regions existing companies focusing on food solutions, transportation, fabricated metals, plastics and packaging technologies and customer service centers.

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Joplin (Pop: 50,657)
Carthage (14,763)
Neosho (12,051)
Webb City (11,887)
Monett (9,118)
Aurora (7,460)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2019

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In Their Words

This workforce at our Lebanon, Missouri facility is as resilient as any I’ve seen, and this community works very closely with us. The city officials and economic development people call on us personally, and that is important to us as a corporate and community partner.

— Emerson Climate Technologies / Randy Nielsen

The work ethic here is really good. People come in and work hard. They’re used to working hard before we hire them.

— Jack Henry & Associates / Jack Prim

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.

— ZAF Energy Systems Inc. / Randy Moore