Missouri sees its manufacturing industry grow

Manufacturing is strong in Missouri. The state will soon welcome the addition of a maintenance repair facility for airplanes in Kansas City, along with a trucking operations center in St. Louis.

ATS to open a hanger near Kansas City Airport
Aviation Technical Services (ATS) is opening up a new facility to repair and maintain aircraft near the Kansas City Airport, according to Area Development. This building is 607,000 square feet, and will service planes near the airport, allowing the company to reach its customer base more efficiently and provide better service.  There is already a large aeronautical sector near the airport, from which ATS plans to bring much of its workforce.

The company plans to service aircrafts belonging to Air Canada, as well as Hawaiian Airlines. It will repair Boeing 767s, along with Boeing 787s. The facility will create 500 new jobs for area locals.  It will also do work for the Russian airline UTair Aviation, servicing Russian aircrafts.

"I'd like to sincerely thank Governor Nixon, the State of Missouri, the City of Kansas City, the Kansas City Missouri Economic Development Corporation, Platte County Economic Development Council and the Kansas City Area Development Council and many others for coming together to reignite the tradition of aviation in this area for airline customers and skilled aerospace workers alike,"  said Matt Yerbic, president and CEO of ATS.

TQL to build operations complex in St. Louis
Total Quality Logistics (TQL) focuses on shipping products with trucks. It works especially well with shipping raw materials into a factory and bringing out finished goods. It plans to capitalize on the existing talented drivers and carriers in the area by building $1.2 million operations center in Missouri, according to Area Development. It will create 95 jobs within the next five years for the state.

TQL connects customers with carriers. It has in its database a pool of 50,000 talented carriers across North America, allowing companies from around the U.S. to move products through Canada and Mexico as well as locally and domestically. The company negotiates with carriers and customers to ensure a custom price based on what is being shipped.

St. Louis's easy access to roads, rails and rivers as one of the reasons it may have decided to move to the city, according to Area Development.  Governor Jay Nixon also sent his congratulations, saying he was looking forward to seeing the new company bring work to Missouri.

Those who want to expand their manufacturing business should seek out manufacturing recruiters to find the best talent.