Doing Business in ST. Joseph

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St. Joseph Rises to the Top

• A skilled and motivated labor force
• An area rich with skill development resources
• Easy transportation access
• Low cost of doing business for greater profitability
• Local government that is pro-business
• Favorable tax structure
• Competitive incentives for growing companies
• Affordable housing and cost of living

Missouri boasts the fifth most diversified economy in the nation, meaning that the economic environment is both robust and resilient.

Business  Success in St. Joseph

When you locate your business in St. Joseph, you are making a sound economic decision. With a stable workforce, competitive incentives and a low cost of doing business, St. Joseph is a good value for your company. St. Joseph’s favorable tax structure translates directly into industry profitability, and the City of St. Joseph and Buchanan County provide a pro-business environment, with attractive tax rates and competitive incentives for growing companies. St. Joseph earned a coveted listing among the “100 Leading Locations: Desirable Places for Doing Business,” from Area Develpment magazine in spring 2011.

Undoubtedly, one of the city’s most valuable resources is its people. Workers have a reputation for hard work, high productivity, and low absenteeism and turnover. St. Joseph workers also possess solid educational backgrounds.

While St. Joseph’s largest single employer is the hospital system, the city has a diversified employment base which helps maintain a healthy and growing economy. Major employers range from education to animal pharmaceutical production, utility industry equipment manufacturing to back office loan servicing.

St. Joseph and Buchanan County team up to provide a positive business climate. What makes St. Joseph so attractive for new business as well as existing firms? St. Joseph rolls out the red carpet in planning for your future. We recognize the need for readily available, accessible and modern business sites through business park development.

Stockyards Industrial Business Park
• Revitalized with limited rail sites available and port access

Mitchell Woods Business Park
• Limited sites available

Eastowne Business Park
• With about 300 acres and an array of shovel-ready, state-of-the-art sites now available, Eastowne’s wide range of infrastructure capacity meets the needs for businesses from small to large users. In addition, a substation slated for Eastowne will allow for dual feed capability from two separate substations and a source on site at the business park.

Ambitious  Downtown Revitalization

St. Joseph was named a DREAM (Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance) initiative city by the state of Missouri. Hundreds of loft apartments are in renovated buildings and new businesses and restaurants are popping up.

The Downtown area is becoming a lifestyle center that highlights charm and uniqueness. It contains a blend of commercial offerings, restaurants, entertainment venues, professional office space and loft apartments. Adjacent to the colorful Missouri River, a riverfront park and walkway round out this spectacular setting.

Growth and expansion extend throughout our entire community. Since 2006, the Shoppes at North Village have provided our community the latest in retail shopping and restaurants. Retail shops and new restaurants have exploded in this region, and the numbers are still growing. Our mall, the East Hills Shopping Center, also recently underwent a $131 million renovation. The mall added a Sunporch Cafe area and outdoor entrances into more shops. The mall was completely remodeled, both inside and outside, to give the center a more contemporary look.

It’s easy to see why you can double your chance of success in St. Joseph. St. Joseph’s pleasing environment, diverse business opportunities and resources, affordable housing and quality school district make good business and a better life. A variety of entertainment options, a committed city government and a capable labor force, all add up to a good life in St. Joseph. We strive to make our community a good place for you to live, work and play.

Animal Health Corridor

St. Joseph is proud to be a leader in the nation’s Animal Health Corridor. The corridor ranges, in general, from Manhattan, Kan., on the west to Columbia, Mo., on the east, with St. Joseph as its northern point. This area is the national leader in the animal health and nutrition industry. Kansas City-area companies account for nearly 32 percent of total sales in the $19 billion global animal health market, according to the Kansas City Area Development Council. Twelve of those companies are in St. Joseph, including the headquarters of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.

An advantage that the St. Joseph business community has, especially regarding the animal health industry, is the Christopher S. “Kit” Bond Science and Technology Incubator. The Incubator serves as a resource for small businesses, providing them with a place to operate at a reasonable price and with the tools they need to succeed. Recognizing 80 percent of new jobs in America come from small
business, this center provides a catalyst for businesses large and small.


Private air transportation out of St. Joseph is served by Rosecrans Memorial Airport, ‘the airport is large and well-equipped with an FAA manned tower open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Charter, air ambulance service, flight training, and aircraft services are available. The runway of 8,059 feet will accommodate any aircraft built in America. The airport is home to more than 90 planes and the 139th Airiift Wing of the Missouri Air National Guard. For further information, call Express Flight, (816) 233-3444.

If you need commercial air transportation, the user-friendly Kansas City International Airport is located just 35 minutes south of St. Joseph on Interstate 29.
St. Joseph’s bus transportation operates on a point deviation system called Transit Direct, a zone route/demand response operation with two fixed routes, six intrazonal routes, and four interzonal routes. All of the routes use transfer centers for connections. There are four transfer centers where all of the routesmeet at least once per hour. Home pick- up/drop-off can be scheduled by reservation. The service hours for St. Joseph Transit are Monday through Friday from 5:15 a.m. to 8:15 p.m., and on Saturday from 7:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fares are reasonably priced. Call (816) 233-6700 for details and schedule information.

Cab Service also is available.

Top Employers

Heartland Health/ Health Services/3,866
Triumph Foods, LLC/ Meat Products/2,838
School District of St. Joseph/Education/1,882
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc./Animal Pharmaceuticals/838
American Family Insurance/Insurance/820
Walmart/Department Store/785
Missouri Western State University/Education/720
System & Services Technologies, Inc./Financial Services/720
Hillshire Brands/Meat Products/700
Johnson Controls/Manufacturing/697

Other Major Employers

Altec Industries/Manufacturing (Employment numbers are confidential)
Missouri Department of Transportation/Government
Western Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional Center/Government
USA 800/Contact Center
Northwest Missouri Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center/Mental Health Services
139th Airlift Wing/Military
St. Joseph News Press/Media
Hy-Vee Food Stores, Inc/Grovery
Gray Manufacturing Co. Inc./Equipment Manufacturing
St. Jo Frontier Casino/Casino
WireCo WorldGroup/Wire Rope Manufacturing
Nestle Purina PetCare/Pet Food Products
Family Guidance for Behavioral Healthcare/Mental Health Services
Varco Pruden Buildings/Metal Building Manufacturing
Teva Animal Health Inc/Animal Pharmaceuticals
Hillyard Companies/Cleaning Products