The Joplin Region is known as the Heart of Work, not only because we have an eager, self-motivated workforce that’s focused on quality, or because we have a central location that is served by a highway and rail transportation network that stretches in every direction, making it easier for companies to connect with everywhere that’s important.

We’re also the Heart of Work because of the broad base of industries that do business here. For example, you’ll find companies in all these sectors and more:


We’re right in the heart of the United States, giving distribution centers and warehouse operations fast access to markets throughout North America.


The Joplin region has a long history of making things that America and the world need, and our central location and access to transportation give manufacturers a significant strategic advantage.

Food & Beverage

The seven-county Joplin Region alone produces 13.7 million bushels of wheat, 12.2 million bushels of corn, and 346,000 head of cattle each year.


We’re located in the center of North American consumer markets and central to the 100 auto plants that stretch from Ontario to Michigan to Chihuahua.

Office Services

The Joplin Region has a remarkably vibrant white-collar business community that has created an ongoing need for professional services.


From plastic extrusions to molded and formed components, companies and workers in the Joplin Region have long been major contributors to the industry,


The wide-open spaces and endless skies of our area make us an ideal location for many alternative approaches to energy production.


We offer strategic advantages to companies exploring opportunities in technology, starting with a skilled workforce and a broadband backbone that provides nearly unlimited fiber capacity.


From attractions along the Mother Road to extensive outdoor recreation and casino excitement, our area has much to offer travelers.