Crawford County, Missouri
In the northwest section of the Heart of Work, you’ll find Crawford County, Kansas, the proud home of the Pittsburg State University Gorillas. Dating back to 1903, the University’s “Where People Succeed” motto is a simply stated description of the county’s focus on the practical and useful. You’ll see that attitude woven through the industries that call the county home, and you’ll see it reflected in the programs offered by both K-12 and higher-education providers.
Most of all, you’ll see it in the daily work habits of local residents, who bring strong skills and a desire to work hard to their careers. Their sense of self-determination is a big part of why Kansas is proud to be a right-to-work state, and why companies in the plastics, chemical, manufacturing, and fabrication industries find Crawford County to be a highly productive home.
Pitt State supports local employers with programs in fields such as engineering, electrical, manufacturing technology, plastics, technology management, and industrial management, along with custom training built around the employers’ needs. Neosho County Community College, located nearby, gives workers additional opportunities to sharpen skills in management, computers, office technology, aero structures, industrial engineering technology, welding, and more. Plus, the local K-12 public schools maintain a strong focus on vocational education, ensuring that graduates are ready to meet the needs of employers with the right skills and attitudes for success.
Crawford County has a county population was 39,134. The county seat is Girard and its most populous city is Pittsburg. Pittsburg State University is home to the Kansas Technology Center as well as The Kansas Polymer Research Center, an internationally recognized center for chemistry and materials science with a specialization in vegetable oil-based polymer research and development. Crawford County is home to such companies as AZZ, Pitt Plastics, Pittsco, Triple T Foods, and Sugar Creek Packing.
Pittsburg is a micropolitan area located in Crawford County and is a thriving city that is home to Pittsburg State University and many successful and growing manufacturers. Pittsburg’s population is 20,233 people. A new initiative has them completely renovating the historic downtown district with new retail, offices, and lofts. It is home to AZZ, Pitt Plastics, Pittsco, and many other manufacturers.