Advanced Manufacturing

MO AdvManu

["Advanced Manufacturing" – inside EnerSys in Warrensburg, MO]

Every link in Missouri's vast supply chain makes the state a better place to do business. A large, skilled workforce means you can expect higher productivity and a higher quality product. A top-ranked transportation network gets products to market quickly. A central location keeps shipping costs low. And low business and labor costs do even more to make Missouri the perfect environment for your manufacturing business. This explains why Missouri is home to so many advanced manufacturing companies, such as Ford, General Motors, Boeing, and Harley-Davidson.

Missouri's Strategic Location Guarantees Access to Suppliers and Customers

  • Missouri is located within 600 miles of 52% of U.S. manufacturing establishments.
  • Missouri is located within 600 miles of 50% of all U.S. households.

Build Your Business in Missouri's Low-Cost Environment

Missouri has:

  • Sales/use tax exemptions on machinery and equipment used to establish a new or expand an existing facility.
  • Property tax exemption for inventories.
  • State sales tax & local use tax exemption on energy purchases.

Missouri's Educated Workforce Delivers Quality and Productivity

Missouri has the workforce Advanced Manufacturing companies require:

  • Missouri has fifteen colleges across the state that offer courses and Associate degrees in precision production trades.
  • 86.9% of Missouri's population over 25 (over 3 million people) has attained a high school diploma or higher, exceeding the national average of 85.6%.
  • Missouri colleges and universities grant over 4,000 degrees in engineering or engineering technology annually (Missouri Department of Higher Education).
  • Missouri's workforce exceeds the populations of 20 other states, including neighboring Kansas, Arkansas, and Nebraska.
  • Of the 2.67 million workers in Missouri, 606,600, or 22.7%, are employed in Advanced Manufacturing related occupations.

Advanced Manufacturing Companies Thrive in Missouri

Boeing Defense, Space & Security Unit: (HQ St. Louis) Boeing's Defense, Space & Security unit includes military aircraft as well as missiles, airborne lasers, and Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (UCAVs). The unit is also NASA's prime contractor for the International Space Station and makes information and communications satellite systems.

Emerson Electric Co.: (HQ St. Louis) Emerson makes a host of electrical, electromechanical, and electronic products, many of which are used to control gases, liquids, and electricity. The company gathers its 60-plus business units and divisions under eight Emerson Brands. It has more than 250 manufacturing locations, with about 165 locations outside of the US.

Ford: (Kansas City) Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant, one of the largest manufacturing facilities in the world, produces the Mazda Tribute and Ford F-150. The plant began production in 1957. In 2011, Ford announced a $1.1 billion investment in the facility, adding a second manufacturing line for the F-150 pickup truck in 2012 and bringing in a new product, the Transit commercial van, in 2013. The investment will create 1,600 new jobs.

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General Motors: (St. Louis) General Motors' Wentzville plant produces the Chevy Express & GMC Savana vans. The plant opened in 1983, and it has been the Harbour Report North America "Most Productive Full Size Van Plant" every year since 2003. In September of 2011, General Motors announced a $380 million investment into its Wentzville plant, adding 1,660 jobs and a new pickup line for the Chevy Colorado.

GKN Aerospace North America: (St. Louis) GKN Aerospace North America is a first-tier supplier of structures, components, assemblies and engineering services to aircraft and aero engine manufacturers.

Harley-Davidson: (Kansas City) The 358,000-square-foot Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations in Kansas City, Mo. was built in 1998. Kansas City employees produce the Sportster, Dyna and VRSC families of motorcycles from fabrication and finishing through final assembly.

Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc.: (Sedalia) Hayes Lemmerz International is the world's #1 manufacturer of fabricated steel and cast aluminum wheels for passenger cars and light rail trucks, as well as steel wheels for commercial trucks and trailers. Their Sedalia plant employs over 500 Missourians.

Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies LLC: (Kansas City) Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies' Kansas City Plant is at the heart of the NNSA nuclear security organization. In 2009, the plant was honored with the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award based in part on the fact that the combined product quality and reliability performance level has been at 99.9 percent for traditional customers during the past three years.

Kawasaki: (Maryville) In 1989, the Maryville Kawasaki Plant was opened for production of general purpose engines. The Maryville facility has grown to over 700,000 square feet on 113.7 acres of land employing over 600 people.

Lear Operations: (Wentzville) Lear is a leading global supplier of automotive seating systems and electrical power management systems.

Leggett & Platt, Inc.: (HQ Carthage) Leggett & Platt, which pioneered sleep technology when it introduced its bedspring more than 125 years ago, is an S&P 500 diversified manufacturer. Serving a broad suite of customers, Leggett & Platt conceives, designs, and produces an array of products that can be found in most homes, offices, and vehicles.

LMI Aerospace: (HQ St. Louis) LMI Aerospace makes key airplane structures such as door and cockpit window frames, wing leading-edge skins, fuselage skins, and interior components.

MEMC Electronic Materials: (HQ St. Louis) MEMC designs, manufactures, and sells silicon wafers for the semiconductor industry worldwide. The company's products are used as the starting material in the manufacture of various semiconductor devices, including microprocessor, memory, logic, and power devices, as well as solar cells.

Paul Mueller: (HQ Springfield) The company, a manufacturer of stainless steel tanks, processing systems and equipment for the food, dairy, beverage, chemical, biofuels, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and pure water industries, recently announced that it would add up to 289 jobs to its Springfield operations to meet a backlog of demand for its products.

Peterson Manufacturing Company: (HQ Kansas City) Peterson Manufacturing is primarily a maker of automotive and trailer lighting products. The company also makes automotive mirrors. Lighting customers include Harley-Davidson, Caterpillar, and O'Reilly Automotive.

Smith Electric Vehicles: (HQ Kansas City) Smith Electric Vehicles began production of their Newton electric truck at their new assembly facility in Kansas City in October 2009. The Kansas City plant is currently SEV's only North American plant.

SRG Global: (Farmington and Portageville) SRG Global manufactures plastic and metal components for the global automotive industry. The company operates 2 manufacturing facilities in Missouri supplying grilles, bodyside moldings, nameplates, and other trim products to automotive manufacturers.

TG Missouri Corp.: (HQ Perryville) TG Missouri Corp.'s products include steering wheels, airbags, side molding, interior and exterior plastic trim components for automobiles. The company is affiliated with Toyoda Gosei. In 2012, TG Missouri announced a $39 million expansion, with plans to add 200 jobs to their auto supply plant in Perryville over the next five years. The company is adding the production line as part of a new contract to supply chrome components to Toyota's plant in Princeton, Ind. The components will be used for grills and rear details for the Toyota Highlander.

QinetiQ: (St. Louis and Ft. Leonard Wood) QinetiQ North America is a leading systems engineering contractor delivering engineering, software solutions, logistics information management and IT technical support services to the U.S. Department of Defense, allied governments and select commercial customers.

Zoltek: (HQ St. Louis) Zoltek engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of carbon fibers for various applications, including automotive.


Cutting Edge Research Keeps Your Business Ahead of the Curve

Aerospace Research & Education Center: (St. Louis) The Aerospace Research & Education Center (AeREC) is a consortium of Washington University, Saint Louis University, The University of Missouri—Columbia, and The Missouri University of Science & Technology. Research focuses on design optimization, materials, manufacturing, structures, and control systems. AeREC's goal is to provide education in aerospace through innovation, research, technology development, and transfer. AeREC also partners with the aerospace industry and government to assist federal research initiatives.

Alliance for Collaborative Research in Alternative Fuels Technology (All-Craft): A partnership of the University of Missouri-Columbia (lead institution), MRIGlobal in Kansas City, and others to develop low-pressure, high-capacity storage technologies for natural gas (NG, methane) and hydrogen as alternative fuels for advanced transportation.

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Missouri Southern State University Missouri Center for Advanced Systems Research (MOCAP): (Joplin) MOCAP is a cooperative effort operating out of Missouri Southern State University that also includes Missouri University of Science and Technology, Missouri State University, University of Missouri - Columbia, and EaglePicher Technologies. MOCAP was formed for the purposes of development of educational curriculum and facilities that enhance, promote and develop the workforce and job opportunities relating to advanced power systems.

Missouri State University Center for Applied Science and Engineering (CASE): (Springfield) Committed to the development and support of advanced materials, CASE provides engineering and support for electronics & devices, materials research, MEMS sensors and systems fabrication. CASE is also involved with "high risk" R&D, testing services, public safety issues, and educational opportunities for current and perspective employees.

Missouri University of Science and Technology Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies: (Rolla) The Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies (CAMT) serves as a center of excellence in the U.S. for the development and transition of innovative advanced technologies for the aerospace manufacturing supply chain.

Missouri University of Science & Technology Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems: (Rolla) The mission of the center is to provide an opportunity for cooperative research between Missouri S&T researchers and industrial partners to develop appropriate technologies to bridge the gap in the areas of monitoring/diagnostic/prognostic (M/D/P) tools with industrial applications. Industrial partners the center has worked with include Caterpillar, Chevron, Honeywell, and Boeing.

Missouri University of Science & Technology Intelligent Systems Center: (Rolla) The Intelligent Systems Center (ISC) performs basic and applied research to address technology needs and technical issues in developing intelligent systems for manufacturing and energy applications.

Missouri University of Science & Technology Student Design and Experiential Learning Center: (Rolla) The main goal of the Center is to enhance American industrial productivity through fundamental engineering research in the key areas of mechanical, manufacturing and management engineering.

Missouri University of Science & Technology EcoCar Challenge:The EcoCAR Challenge is a collegiate advanced vehicle technology competition which kicked off in the fall of 2008. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors (GM), as well as by Natural Resources Canada and other industry leaders, EcoCAR challenges engineering students from universities across North America to re-engineer a GM vehicle, minimizing energy consumption, emissions, and greenhouse gases while maintaining the vehicle's utility, safety, and performance. Missouri S&T's vehicle is a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (FC-PHEV).

Missouri University of Science & Technology Electronic Materials Applied Research Center: (Rolla) The Electronic Materials Applied Research Center (EMARC) combines the talents of research in Missouri S&T's departments of ceramic engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, electrical engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, and metallurgical engineering. Unlike most academic research centers, EMARC actively seeks industry inputs to identify specific technology needs as the basis for its research programming.

Missouri University of Science & Technology Materials Research Center: (Rolla) Established in 1964 , MRC provides a graduate education environment that fosters significant advances in the fields of materials science and engineering. MRC provides research facilities, an equipment base and a support infrastructure that enables faculty members, students and industry professionals to conduct successful, team-oriented research and development projects.

St. Louis Community College Emerson Center for Engineering Manufacturing: Opened in 2004, this 31,000-square-foot facility features state-of-the-art tooling and equipment, including 14,000 square feet of laboratory space and classrooms. The Center has laboratories for manufacturing, materials, quality assurance, civil engineering, electrical/electronic, CAD & design, and skilled trades.

University of Missouri Industrial Assessment Center: (Columbia) Offers energy audit and productivity assessment to qualified small-to-medium sized manufacturing companies.

Washington University Center for Materials Innovation: (St. Louis) A community of scholars focused on the creation, study and use of materials, including nanostructured materials, for aerospace.


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