Barton County, Missouri: growing business

Barton County, Missouri

Barton County, Missouri is well-positioned for investment, growth and development of all business types with a central location along Interstate 49 and a new infrastructure ready business and industrial park in Lamar. A skilled workforce, unmatched quality of life, and incredible education options offer owners and investors alike a strategic location to build their businesses.

Here in the northern part of the MOKAN region, we're accustomed to growing. Whether it involves using some of our state's most productive land or helping innovative companies compete in the world market, we understand success doesn't happen by accident.

We're the birthplace of President Harry S. Truman, and you'll find his plainspoken, common-sense style reflected in the attitude of local residents. Here, people take responsibility for themselves and still take care of their neighbors. In the workplace, this manifests in a willingness to acquire new skills and be productive, along with a collaborative approach to the manufacturing and materials industries. With acres of beautiful cropland and access to railways, state and interstate highways, we're also a natural site for agriculture, food, and feed companies.

President Truman valued practical knowledge, and so do we. That's why local schools focus on skills that our young people need to help businesses succeed, including an advanced manufacturing partnership with Crowder College. Other post-secondary options include nearby Pittsburg State University and Neosho County Community College, giving local workers access to programs in technology, manufacturing, engineering, alternative energy, and management.


Lamar is the county seat of Barton County, Missouri with a population of 4,532 people. Lamar is the birthplace of President Harry S. Truman and the place where famous frontier lawman Wyatt Earp started his career. The Stilabower Public Observatory is one of only four community owned observatories in the United States. With the second largest landfill in Missouri, Lamar generates almost 7mW power to fulfill half of the town's needs and provides some of the lowest utility rates in the Midwest. It is home to such companies as Thorco Industries, Smith Seed Services, Tamko Building Products, and Redneck Blinds.

City of Lamar

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