Logistics and Transportation​ Business Cluster

Why Wouldn’t You Want to Locate Your Business in an Area with 151% Growth in General Warehousing and Storage?

EXPLOSIVE GROWTH IN LOGISTICS & DISTRIBUTION​

Our central location in the middle of the United States, combined with our explosive growth (151% Growth in General Warehousing and Storage) in the logistics and distribution industry makes us a top location for any type of warehousing/distribution operation.

Our strength in logistics and distribution will give you an unmatched advantage. Here is a sampling of our labor compared to the national average and growth over the past 5 years: 

  • 151% Growth in General Warehousing and Storage
  • 8 times more employed in Support Activities for Rail Transportation than US average
  • 4 times more employed in Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage than US average

St. Joseph

Top Logistics/Distribution Employers

Transportation Infrastructure

St. Joseph is a crossroads for two major thoroughfares, Interstate 29 and U.S. Highway 36. The city is served by two interstate highways, one proposed interstate, and four U.S. Routes. 

Major Airport

St. Joseph is just 35 minutes from Kansas City International Airport (KCI). KCI is a full service, international airport served by every major U.S. passenger and all-cargo carriers. More than 400 flights from 11 major carriers arrive and depart daily from KCI, and airfares are among the lowest in the nation.

Rail

Rail service provided by Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway provides direct access to all parts of North America

St. Joseph Regional Port Authority

The Missouri River, part of the nation’s inland waterway system, is St. Joseph’s gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. Our public river port facility gives area businesses the affordable option of transporting via river barge. The port is located at Missouri River mile 448. The port facility also has a Union Pacific rail spur. It is operated by Transport 360, which is built to accommodate everything from small business to major corporations.

151% Growth​ in General Warehousing and Storage

  • 151% Growth in General Warehousing and Storage​
  • 8 times more employed in Support Activities for Rail Transportation than US average​
  • 4 times more employed in Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage than US average

Workforce Training Designed for You​

The St. Joseph Workforce Development Alliance works with education partners to coordinate training and educational assets to meet the workforce needs of industry.

Workforce Data

Industry

5Y Growth

General Warehousing and Storage

151%

Farm Product Warehousing and Storage

100%

Other Warehousing and Storage

68%

Other Support Activities for Air Transportation

37%

Other Support Activities for Road Transportation

28%

Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking, Local

16%

General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Less Than Truckload

13%

General Freight Trucking, Local

13%

Freight Transportation Arrangement

12%

Compared to the a USA average region of the same size, St. Joseph has…

10 times more people employed in Line-Haul Railroads

8 times more people employed in Support Activities for Rail Transportation

4 times more people employed in Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage

3 times more people employed in Rail Transportation (non-covered)

3 times more people employed in General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Less Than Truckload

2 times more people employed in Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking, Long-Distance

2 times more people employed in Farm Product Warehousing and Storage

2 times more people employed in General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Truckload

2 times more people employed in Other Support Activities for Road Transportation

2 times more people employed in General Warehousing and Storage

2 times more people employed in Freight Transportation Arrangement

Industry 

Wages

General Warehousing and Storage

 $  42,356 

General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Truckload

 $  55,877 

General Freight Trucking, Local

 $  50,883 

Support Activities for Rail Transportation

 $  55,169 

Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage

 $  56,165 

Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking, Local

 $  49,630 

Other Support Activities for Air Transportation

 $  53,185 

Other Airport Operations

 $  39,290 

Used Household and Office Goods Moving

 $  34,107 

Other Support Activities for Road Transportation

 $  36,684 

Other Warehousing and Storage

 $  49,686 

Farm Product Warehousing and Storage

 $  43,827 

St. Joseph

Committed to Helping St. Joseph Employers Meet Workforce Needs​

Missouri Western University strives to help the St. Joseph region’s employers meet their workforce needs. Initiatives through the Workforce Development Alliance, plus tools like the Kit Bond Science & Technology Incubator combine to promote and strengthen the workforce of St. Joseph. 

Labor Availability

This map shows that 17,489 people travel to the St. Joseph area daily for work, proving that a good employer can draw labor from a wide radius. Additionally, this map shows that 15,907 people drive from St. Joseph’s region to work in other locations. This creates a potential workforce as the vast majority of these 15,907 workers will consider working in the St. Joseph area, as more jobs are created.

The St. Joseph metropolitan area, located in both Missouri and Kansas, has 24.74% of its workforce in manufacturing, the 18th-highest rate in the study conducted by SmartAsset.

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Economic Development Programs Related to New Job Creation and Capital Investment:

  • Buchanan County Economic Development Fund

  • St. Joseph Industrial Foundation

  • Chapter 100 Bond Program

  • Missouri State Incentives

  • Tax Increment Financing

  • Chapter 353 Tax Abatement

  • Improvement Districts

  • BUILD Program infrastructure

  • Economic Development riders for Electricity/Water

Redevelopment Related Programs:

  • Tax Increment Financing

  • Chapter 353 Tax Abatement

  • Improvement Districts