Above: Two workers install the passenger window of the one millionth Ford Transit produced at Kansas City Assembly Plant. (Image courtesy of Ford Media Center)
Missouri is a state with a strong industry. Aerospace, transportation, and food products are among the top sectors driving growth in the Show-Me state.
Let’s take a closer look at Missouri manufacturing trends and the top companies in these fields.
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According to MNI, St. Louis is Missouri’s largest city based on number of industrial jobs, with 68,295 workers.
Read more: Top Manufacturing Cities in the U.S.
Other top cities in Missouri include
• Kansas City (36,581 jobs)
• Springfield (19,218 jobs)
• St. Joseph (9,630 jobs)
• Joplin (7,248 jobs)
St. Louis City County is Missouri’s largest in terms of industrial jobs, home to 92,732 workers. This is followed by Jackson County with 65,640 workers, St. Louis County (36,067 jobs), Greene County (22,148 jobs) and St. Charles County (20,432 jobs).
The food processing industry is Missouri’s largest in terms of employment, accounting for 15% of the state’s industrial workforce. This is followed by transportation equipment with 14% of Missouri’s factory workers. Fabricated metal products make up another 11%, while chemicals and allied products account for 8% of Missouri’s industrial workforce.
MNI reports there are 26,179 executive contacts among Missouri’s manufacturing companies, including 3,399 presidents, 2,427 owners and partners; 2,115 vice-presidents and 2,105 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.
Other facts to know about Missouri manufacturers, based on IndustrySelect’s advanced criteria available to subscribers, include ownership, distribution and other trends. Let’s take a look:
• 2% of Missouri manufacturers are women-owned
• 1% are minority-owned
• 9% are publicly owned companies
• 11% import raw materials
• 21% distribute their products internationally.
Experts believe manufacturing will grow by 3.84% between 2020 and 2030 in Missouri. While labor challenges remain an issue, Missouri has a strong outlook for the future thanks to low business costs, a central geographic location, and excellent performance in areas like on-the-job training.
Next, we’ll take a look at the state’s top companies.
|The Boeing Co.||16,000||St. Louis||MO|
|Cerner Corp.||10,000||Kansas City||MO|
|Ford Motor Co., Kansas City Assembly||7,000||Kansas City||MO|
|Express Scripts Holding Company||5,500||St. Louis||MO|
|General Motors Co., Wentzville||4,600||Wentzville||MO|
|Anheuser-Busch InBev Worldwide, Inc.||4,000||St. Louis||MO|
|Honeywell Federal Mfg & Technologies, LLC||3,000||Kansas City||MO|
|Nortek Air Solutions||3,000||O'Fallon||MO|
|Triumph Foods, LLC||2,500||St. Joseph||MO|
1. The Boeing Co. (St. Louis)
With 160,000 employees, Boeing is an aerospace and defense leader. The St. Louis plant fulfills Air Force contracts and works on groundbreaking aircraft like the F/A-18 and F-15 fighters.
2. Cerner Corp. (Kansas City)
The software giant Oracle recently purchased Cerner Corp. in a $28.3 billion deal. This merger opens new possibilities for Cerner Corp. and its 10,000 employees. The company invests $800 million in R&D each year to develop the latest healthcare products.
3. Ford Motor Co., Kansas City Assembly (Kansas City)
This 1,260-acre facility has been around since 1951. Its 7,000 employees are currently working on the Ford E-Transit, Ford Transit, and F-150 truck.
4. Express Scripts Holding Company (St. Louis)
This holding company focuses on pharmacy benefit management solutions and at-home pharmacy delivery, a market that could see a growth rate of 17% between 2019 and 2026. Express Scripts and its 5,500 employees also distribute pharmaceutical and medical supplies.
5. General Motors Co., Wentzville Truck Assembly Center (Wentzville)
GM is a major employer in Wentzville, with a 4.25-million-square-foot facility and 4,600 jobs. This plant manufactures the Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Express, GMC Canyon, and GMC Savana.
6. Anheuser-Busch InBev Worldwide, Inc. (St. Louis)
One of the largest brewers in the world, Anheuser-Busch reported a growth of 20% across its entire portfolio for 2021. The food and beverage manufacturer has 4,000 employees in St. Louis.
7. Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, LLC (Kansas City)
This Honeywell branch manages the Kansas City National Security Campus, a facility where 3,000 researchers develop the latest technology in the field of nuclear energy.
8. Nortek Air Solutions (O’Fallon)
This innovative HVAC manufacturer has 3,000 employees in its O’Fallon plant. Nortek offers solutions for heating and cooling as well as products designed to improve air quality and reduce energy consumption.
9. Triumph Foods, LLC (St. Joseph)
Launched in 2003, Triumph Foods has become one of the largest pork-processing facilities in the country. Its 2,500 employees process 6 million animals each year.
10. MilliporeSigma (St. Louis)
MilliporeSigma and its 2,000 employees are part of the Merck Group. This manufacturer specializes in life science with vaccines. It’s one of the top places to work in St. Louis, and this company hired 150 people last year due to an increase in demand.
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