The Joplin region has a long history of making things that America and the world need. Our central location and extraordinary access to highway and rail transportation give manufacturers here a significant strategic advantage, with easier access to both raw materials such as plastic pellets, and markets for finished goods.

Our highly skilled workforce includes extensive experience with metal component fabrication, chemicals, and plastics, industries that demand workers who are proficient with engineering, advanced production, robotics, CNC operation, laser cutting, 3-D printing, and other specialized processes. That means even companies with challenging needs will be able to staff new facilities much more quickly and build upon the experience our residents already have.

In addition, both K-12 school districts and postsecondary education providers have a strong focus on workforce development, offering programs that deliver the skills today’s manufacturers need.