Jasper County, MO

Jasper County, MO

Jasper County is at the heart of the region. With over 118,500 residents, our area has plenty to offer growing companies, including certified development-ready sites and abundant utilities. Quick access to interstate and state highways and Class 1 and regional rail service make locations like the Crossroads and Wildwoods Business and Industrial Parks respectively ideal for companies with logistics and distribution needs. We are also flanked by millions of acres of cropland, providing opportunities for food producers and companies in agribusiness.  

We're preparing for the future with K-12 schools and higher education providers collaborating to equip students with the right skills through the Career Pathways Project and Jasper County Certified Work Ready Program. Career-focused learning is the mission of the area's postsecondary institutions, including Pittsburg State University, Crowder College, Neosho County Community College, and Labette Community College. Coupled with Joplin's Advanced Training and Technology Center, and Carthage South Technology Center, these facilities collaborate to teach in-demand skills in fields like technology, manufacturing, engineering, alternative energy, healthcare, and management.

Jasper County owes its existence to the lead and zinc that was mined in the area during the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the region's technology and manufacturing is tied to this history as we boast one of the nation's largest trucking transportation company headquarters, industry leaders in battery technology and engineering, and food and beverage production. Now, the county contains the towns of Carl Junction; Carthage, which is the county seat; Webb City; and Joplin, which is the fourth largest MSA in Missouri and a bustling center of commerce .

Carl Junction

Carl Junction is in southwestern Jasper County and is contiguous with Joplin on the south and east. The housing market in the Carl Junction area has maintained its reputation as one of Missouri's fastest growing communities for its size. While the City processed an average of three to four building permits a year during the 70's and 80's, staff have had to ramp up efforts to handle today's average volume of 33 per year.

As part of a much larger market area with a population of over 500,000, including the Joplin metro area, Carl Junction is well-positioned to benefit every time a new or expanding business prospect makes a financial commitment to the area.

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Carthage has a diversified economic base, wonderful architecture featuring beautiful Victorian homes, and exceptional residents living and working there. With a strong education system, excellent city government, dedicated police and fire departments, and an appealing parks system, Carthage offers a great quality of life.

Major area employers include Leggett & Platt, a Fortune 500 corporation that manufactures household durables; H.E. Williams, a manufacturer of home electric lighting implements; the Carthage Underground, a former quarry now used for climate controlled storage; Cargill, Otts Foods, Schreiber Foods, and Goodman Manufacturing, which all make various food products.

Changing World Technologies and its subsidiary, Renewable Environment Solutions, operate the United States' first thermal conversion plant in Carthage, taking advantage of the large amount of feedstock made available to the thermal conversion process through the local food and rendering plants.

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Joplin sits on the border of Jasper and Newton Counties in the southwestern corner of Missouri. Although it is not the county seat, it is the largest city in Jasper County with 52,000 residents. The daytime population reaches 240,000 with a combined metro area of 210,000 and market area population of of 400,000.

With two regional hospital centers and as the region's major shopping destination, Joplin is the manufacturing, medical, and retail hub of the region. Joplin enjoys a low cost of living and doing business, supportive community, outdoor lifestyle, proximity to destination markets, and more. Route 66 (I-44) passes through town and "Joplin, Missouri" is among the lyrics to Bobby Troup's legendary song, immortalizing the city on this famous highway.

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Webb City

Starting as a mining camp in the late 1800's, Webb City occupied the central district of the largest lead and zinc mining area in the world.  Today, Webb City is a city in Jasper County with a population of 11,165 according to the 2015 census.  It is part of the Joplin Metropolitan Statistical Area with a large market area population of 500,000. Highway 249 interchange access along with East/West highway access by Interstate 44 and Highway 171 gives Webb City manufacturers and entrepreneurs easy transportation access in all directions.

New home growth, an expanding school system and rapid population growth makes Webb City a prime destination for those who seek to establish a new enterprise in a city of outstanding potential. The city points with pride to existing successful businesses such as Cardinal-Detecto Scale Manufacturing Company.  A local startup company, it is a world leader in the manufacturing of small scales as well as the largest industrial scales with sales to more than 225 countries.

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