Missouri is one of the leading manufacturing states west of the Mississippi, with a value added by industry of $45 billion in 2006. Manufacturing is highly diversified. Leading industries are the manufacture of transportation equipment, especially motor vehicles, railroad cars, and aircraft and missiles; the processing of foods, especially malt beverages, soft drinks, meat, poultry and eggs, blended flour, and preserved fruits and vegetables; the production of chemicals, including soaps and detergents, agricultural chemicals, and pharmaceuticals; and printing and publishing. A wide variety of industrial machinery is manufactured in Missouri, including refrigeration and heating equipment, engines, farm machinery, tools and dies, construction machinery, and industrial furnaces. The fabrication of metal into basic parts, especially for construction, occupies many workers.
Manufacturing in Missouri is concentrated in the metropolitan areas centered on St. Louis and Kansas City, although a number of smaller cities have some industry. St. Louis marks the western end of the great manufacturing belt that extends through the Northeastern and North-Central states. St. Louis, together with the part of its metropolitan area that lies in Illinois, accounts for more than half of the total manufacturing employment in the state. This area has long been known for the wide variety of goods it produces. The St. Louis metropolitan area is one of the leading centers for brewing and baking in the country. It is also a leading automobile, aircraft, spacecraft, and missile producing area.
Other manufactures are chemicals, primary metals, nonelectrical machinery, fabricated metals, petroleum and coal products, electrical equipment, and stone, clay, and glass products. St. Louis is also a center for the printing and publishing industries. St. Louis is the corporate headquarters of several of the nation’s largest companies.
The Kansas City metropolitan area accounts for more than one-fourth of the state’s industry. Like that of St. Louis, the Kansas City metropolitan area lies in two states. Its industrial structure, although much smaller than that of the St. Louis area, is as diverse. The industries that are important in St. Louis are also significant in Kansas City, with the exception of aircraft manufacturing and petroleum and coal processing. The city is a national center for meat-packing and grain milling, although meat-packing is done largely in the Kansas part of the metropolitan area. Kansas City is one of the national centers for agribusiness. "Missouri" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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