With exports totaling more than $7.3 billion, Missouri is a world leader in advanced manufacturing. Products built in Missouri reach more than 210 countries every year and pave the way for companies like yours to build a foundation here and reach a global audience. Our rich history in aviation, specifically military aviation, has helped make Missouri one of the top aerospace manufacturing providers in a country that’s already at the forefront of new technology. From Charles Lindbergh, to the space program, to modern aerospace technology from Boeing, we’ve been leading the way for nearly a century.
Today, more than 16,000 of Missouri’s highly trained workforce builds the F/A-18, EA-18, F-15 and T-7 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. In 2018 alone, Missouri produced more than 776,000 vehicles at the Ford and GM plants, advanced military jets for the US and allied militaries, and much more.
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.
EDUCATE YOUR WORKFORCE IN MISSOURI
Missouri is not just a top manufacturing location but we also understand that a well-educated and trained workforce is essential to success. As a result, the Show-Me state offers traditional and non-traditional training options for workers and companies that allow employers to recruit a workforce that is customized to fit their needs. And in 2019, Missouri leapt ahead of the competition with free community college, customized training programs through Missouri One Start, and various other workforce solutions that can deliver the talent you need on day one.