Skilled Manufacturing in St. Joseph, Mo.

“Hillyard has been part of St. Joseph for 104 years. We take pride in our deep roots and commitment to the St. Joseph community. The strong work ethic and family values of the residents and a great business community make St. Joseph a great place to operate a nationwide business.” – Hillyard Industries, a global leader in floor care and industrial cleaning supplies, founded in St. Joseph in 1907

St. Joseph = Global Manufacturing with Distinct Geographic Advantages

St. Joseph, Mo., is rapidly becoming a Midwestern leader in regional and global manufacturing. The city’s manufacturing industry boasts global firms in industries including specialized equipment production, animal health pharmaceuticals and battery production and distribution – including consistently high national rankings. St. Joseph is ranked as one of the top 100 leading locations for 2014 from Area Development magazine, including being in the top 20 in the Top Small Cities and Top Midwest Cities lists. Innovative partnerships with educational institutions, such as the Kit Bond Science and Technology Incubator, continue to lay the foundation for a diverse and talented manufacturing workforce.

Every Mile Counts – Highway, Rail, Barge, or Air from St. Joseph

Located just 35 minutes north of Kansas City International Airport and at a crossroads for two major thoroughfares, Interstate 29 and U.S. Highway 36, St. Joseph thrives in manufacturing for its leadership, location and progressive attitude. St. Joseph’s unique central location puts companies with 500 miles of 44 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing establishments. The city offers a multi-modal port with both rail and barge access plus low-cost utilities. The region’s growth is continually fueled by a strong supply-chain network and outstanding transportation and logistics services, including convenient access to I-35, I-70 and I-435.

Some of St. Joseph’s Global Leaders in Manufacturing include:

Altec Industries
Altec, Inc., is the holding company for the world’s leading equipment and service provider for the electric utility, telecommunications, contractor, and tree care industries. The company provides products and services in more than 100 countries throughout the world. St. Joseph is the location where the product development engineering, manufacturing and parts distribution processes occur.

Gray Manufacturing
Recognized as a global leader in manufacturing hydraulic jacks and lifting equipment, Gray Manufacturing Company, Inc., provides the highest quality shop service equipment for the automotive, truck and service vehicle industries. The leading manufacturer employs 200 people in St. Joseph, the company’s headquarters.

Hillyard Companies
A manufacturing force for more than 100 years in St. Joseph, Mo., Hillyard continues to pioneer research and development efforts that help the company to dominate in innovative cleaning products. Hillyard Company products are utilized by countless facilities across a wide variety of market segments, including wood floor products, hard floor products, or proportioning equipment. The company is also a distributor of names like Georgia Pacific, Rubbermaid and 3M. The St. Joseph Hillyard campus is located in the beautiful and historic downtown area, serving as the company’s headquarter location and moving forward on a century-plus history in St. Joseph.

Johnson Con

Clarios is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. The St. Joseph facility specializes in wet automotive storage battery manufacturing and distribution, employing nearly 700 people.




Nestle Purina Petcare
This leader in the pet products industry has two facilities in St. Joseph. The Product Technology Center (PTC) was built in 1990 and encompasses a 134-acre campus, serving as the global headquarters for R&D for Friskies brand cat and dog food. Research results are applied to production of their pet food products around the world. In addition to the animal research section of the center, the facility also includes a pilot production plant. Collectively, the two facilities employ nearly 250 workers.

Tyson Foods, Inc.,
tyson logoTyson Foods, Inc., is one of the world’s largest producers of meat and poultry, as well as a leader in hunger and disaster relief. The St. Joseph meat manufacturing facility employs 600 people and produces Ball Park Franks and deli meats.

For details on other major manufacturers, please see the end of this section.

A Truly Competitive Force in Manufacturing

St. Joseph continues to gain the selection of major global manufacturing firms and the addition of major distribution centers for firms on the city’s east side.

  • The new Eastowne Business Park offers 350-acres of mixed office and industrial development, including light manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, including sites from six to 18 acres (or larger) with redundant electrical services. The park will be served by two separate electric substations.
  • The Stockyards Industrial Business Park offers rail sites and port access. The site has been revitalized and offers zoned M-2 heavy industrial sites. The park has the unique asset of being served by the Southside Industrial Sewer District, which provides wastewater pretreatment, and the site is also served by steam.
  • Manufacturing sites are available at the city’s Mitchell Woods Business Park, offering industrial, warehouse, freezer and dock space.

Other Major Manufacturers and or Globally Recognized Manufacturers

Ag Processing Inc. (AGP):
Ag Processing Inc (AGP), is a multi-faceted agribusiness engaged in the procurement, processing, marketing, and transportation of grains and grain products. Products are used for livestock feed, renewable fuels and human consumption. AGP is 184 local cooperatives representing more than 250,000 farmers throughout the Midwest, and five regional cooperatives representing farmers throughout the United States and Canada. St. Joseph is home to a major AGP processing plant.

Albaugh, Inc.:
Albaugh, Inc., is a U.S.-owned company with a U.S. manufacturing and formulation facility in St. Joseph dedicated to providing the North American distributor in all 50 states with a constant supply of high quality crop protection chemicals that can compete on a global cost basis. Albaugh is recognized as the largest wholly owned, independent formulator/packager of crop protection products in the industry.

BioZyme Inc.:
For more than 50 years, BioZyme has been an innovative company in the agricultural fields of animal nutrition and microbiology. The company focuses on the highest-quality proprietary products, with the objective of improving animal performance and health, naturally. BioZyme offers a complete line of high density, highly available vitamin, mineral, trace mineral and protein supplements for animals. The secret ingredient that allows its products to consistently outperform the competition is the most researched direct-fed microbial on the market Amaferm.

Boehringer Ingelheim:
With a local workforce of nearly 1,000 and founded in St. Joseph in 1917 as Anchor Serum, the company now ranks among the top animal health product manufacturers in the United States and is part of the BIVI global animal health business. The company has advanced research and development facilities, as well as manufacturing.


Bradken uses its years of experience to develop innovative products for the mining, freight rail, steel making, smelting, transport, cement, oil and gas, power generation and sugar industries. As a leading heavy engineering company, Bradken can manufacture fully-machined cast iron and steel products from a mass of 1 kg to more than 25 tonne for industrial markets. In its Atchison, Kan./ St. Joseph facility, Bradken has manufactured engineered steel castings for more than 135 years. With a rich history in the rail and transit and the mining and construction markets, Bradken Atchison/St. Joseph possess the experience and infrastructure to support the specification-intensive energy and industrial markets.

Sealed Air
Sealed Air is a leading global innovator and manufacturer of a wide range of protective packaging and performance-based materials essential to many consumer and industrial markets. For more than half a century, its food packaging businesses have been developing technologies to keep food fresh, better tasting and more accessible while making healthy meals more convenient. The St. Joseph facility manufactures shrink packaging focused on providing a retail-ready package with environmental efficiencies.

dupontDuPont is a world leader in food ingredients, enzymes and bio-based solutions. Using nature’s own materials, science and the knowledge of its employees, Danisco designs and delivers sustainable solutions that meet market demand for healthier and safer products to a growing global population. In May 2011, DuPont acquired Danisco, forming a global leader in nutrition and health, and industrial biosciences. The St. Joseph facility has a state-of-the-art facility built in 1995 and manufactures enablers for ice cream, gelatin and other food products.

International Paper
International Paper is a global leader in the paper and packaging industry and supplies a wide range of products that people rely on every day. The company produces uncoated papers and industrial and consumer packaging. The St. Joseph location specializes in the manufacturing of corrugated stock.

Land O’Lakes/Purina Mills, Inc.
The Purina Mills of today offers hundreds of nutritional products for horses, cattle, goats, swine, poultry, rabbits, game animals, exotics and more. Sold through an extensive network of independent dealers and farm and fleet retailers, there is a great chance that you’re never far away from a dealer. In 2001, Purina Mills was purchased by Land O’Lakes, Inc., out of Minneapolis, Minn. The St. Joseph facility manufactures livestock feeds.

National Beef:
National Beef Packing Company is one of the largest beef processing companies in the U.S., processing and marketing fresh beef and beef byproducts across the U.S. and internationally. St. Joseph has a wet blue hide processing facility that helps National Beef continue to develop core capabilities and drive value for the products it delivers to the marketplace.

Nestle Purina Petcare:
St. Joseph R&D Global Headquarters: This leader in the pet products industry has two facilities in St. Joseph. The Product Technology Center (PTC) was built in 1990 and encompasses a 134-acre campus, serving as the global headquarters for R&D for Friskies brand cat and dog food. Research results are applied to production of their pet food products around the world. In addition to the animal research section of the center, the facility also includes a pilot production plant. Collectively, the two facilities employ nearly 250 workers.

Founded in St. Joseph in 1945, Omnium manufactures agricultural herbicides and agricultural chemicals for commercial use and has completed expansions in St. Joseph, reflecting the industry’s growth. It is a Land O’Lakes company that manufactures bioscience agricultural chemicals.

Perka Building Frames:

Perka has been involved in manufacturing, distributing and marketing Hybrid Buildings and steel frames since 1981. Staff is nicknamed TEAM PERKA as they foster a strong, safe and healthy teaming culture of cooperation, collaboration, appreciation, respect and personal development.  They produce structural steel frames in their 33,000 SF facility and are looking for mates who are passionate about their craft and want to grow in a supportive and appreciating environment.  They are now three generation owned and operated, and they are quick to recognize the important value of all their “brothers and sisters of other mothers!”

Schütz Container Systems, Inc.,
schuetz_logoSchütz stands for sustainable packaging solutions. In St. Joseph, employees are involved in making packages for the agriculture chemical and food-related industries. It opened its location in Eastowne Business Park in 2015 and is ramping up to employ 50 or more people.

Silgan Containers
With one of its corporate manufacturing locations in St. Joseph, Silgan Containers remains the largest provider of metal food packaging in the U.S. Trusted by America’s most respected brands, Silgan’s reputation is based on a foundation of quality, excellence and unsurpassed technical expertise.

Snorkel is a leading global manufacturer of aerial work platforms. Its comprehensive range of aerial lifts provides safe and efficient working at height from 12 feet to 125 feet.

Triumph Foods LLC:
As a top exporter of premium pork products worldwide, Triumph Foods has positioned itself as one of the leading pork processors in the U.S. The company, which began its pork processing plant in St. Joseph in 2006, is producer owned. The state-of-the-art facility, processing 5.5 million hogs per year, features the latest food quality and safety innovations and improvements. With a dedicated workforce of 2,800 employees, Triumph Foods provides a variety of pork products both domestically and internationally to some of the higheset-quality food producers in the world.

Varco Pruden Buildings:
VP Buildings specializes in the computer-aided design of pre-engineered steel systems construction for low-rise, nonresidential buildings. Working closely with architects, engineers and contractors, the company offers buildings that combine extraordinary esthetic appeal with optimum functionality. Each year VP Buildings manufactures about 6,000 buildings ranging from 1,200 square feet to more than 1 million square feet under one roof.

Ventura Foods LLC:
Ventura provides quality food products for foodservice, food ingredient, retail and export. The company operates multiple manufacturing, packaging and distribution locations throughout the United States including both a refinery — in partnership with the local Ag Processing, Inc. (AGP) — and a plant in St. Joseph. The plant is a fully automated facility featuring state-of-the-art equipment used in shortening, oil and margarine manufacturing.

Vektek is dedicated to providing the best value in flexible and innovative hydraulic and pneumatic workholding solutions worldwide. Manufacturers utilize its workholding products in economic sectors from automotive and transportation, marine products and power generation to medical, energy, aerospace and defense. Vektek is a precision workholding specialist. Its rugged, dependable hydraulic and pneumatic swing, link and edge clamps, work supports, cylinders and pallet fixture accessories have earned an industry-leading reputation in medium and high-production industries.