The Joplin Region has a long history of making things that America and the world need, including components for all sorts of vehicles. Given that 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, the Heart of Work offers significant strategic advantages to both automakers and the companies that supply them.

Our area has plenty of wide-open spaces that are ready for development and are close to key highway and rail transportation arteries. Our utility providers have plenty of capacity to meet the most challenging demands, and both K-12 school districts and postsecondary education providers have a strong focus on workforce development, offering programs that deliver the skills today’s automotive manufacturers need.