Established Success

Missouri's Transportation and Logistics History

In addition to its central location within the U.S. and proximity to major markets, the capacity and connectivity of Missouri's railways, roadways, waterways, and airports along with a competitive tax climate, makes Missouri an outstanding location for transportation and logistics companies.

Missouri's Transportation and Logistics industry includes:

Dependable Delivery System 

  • Missouri has the seventh largest highway system in the United States
  • Two of the largest rail terminals in the United States are located in Missouri, with access to both coasts.
  • Missouri has two major commercial airports: Kansas City International and Lambert-St. Louis International.

Access to Major Markets

  • Missouri is within 600 miles of 51% of U.S. households and 52% of U.S. manufacturing establishments.
  • Missouri is within 600 miles of 6 of the fastest growing major metro areas in the United States.
  • The population center of the United States is located in Texas County, Missouri.

Low-risk Market for Distribution Centers

  • Missouri's underground sites, former limestone mines, total over 15 million square feet and offer natural climate control, enhanced security, and reduced vulnerability to natural disasters.  Limestone is three times stronger than concrete.
  • Missouri has intermodal facilities located around the state with thousands of acres of shovel-ready sites. 

Low-cost and Pro-business

  • Missouri is among the top 10 pro-business states according to Pollina Corporate Real Estate
  • Missouri's gasoline tax is the 5th lowest in the United States.
  • 4th lowest diesel fuel prices.

Recent Industry Expansions

The transportation and logistics industry in Missouri continues to grow, with several recent expansions and new companies locating in the Show-Me State.  

In 2012, Total Quality Logistics broke ground their new expansion in St. Louis. The company’s expansion is a $1.2 million capital investment. Also, in 2014, XPO Logistics announced plans to expand its business to Kansas City. The $1.2 million expansion is expected to create 125 new jobs.  

Transportation and Logistics Companies in Missouri

Well-known companies have warehousing or distribution centers in Missouri, including Dollar General, Walmart, Scholastic, Tyson, Musician’s Friend, and Associated Wholesale Grocers. Other Transportation and Logistics companies in Missouri include:

  • AEP River Operations: (HQ St. Louis) AEP River Operations offers barge transportation of dry bulk commodities including grain, project cargo, coal, steel, ores and other bulk products. The company moves over 65 million tons of dry bulk material annually.
  • Con-way Truckload: (HQ Joplin) From two trailers and one owner-operator, Con-way Truckload has grown into a world class carrier with over 2,600 tractors and more than 8,000 trailers.
  • Ditzfeld Transfer:  (HQ Sedalia) Ditzfeld Transfer, one of the leading logistics firms in the Midwest, also operates 921,000 square feet of warehouse space.
  • Exel: (Kansas City and St. Louis) Exel is part of the supply chain division of Deutsche Post DHL, the world's leading logistics group. Deutsche Post DHL is the parent company of DHL, the global leader in international express, overland transport, and air freight.
  • Graybar: (HQ St. Louis) Graybar, a Fortune 500 company, has specialized in supply chain management services and distribution of high-quality components, equipment and materials for the electrical and telecommunications industries for over 80 years.
  • Jack Cooper Transport: (HQ Kansas City) Jack Cooper Transport Co., Inc. and subsidiaries is one of the largest privately owned auto transport carriers in the nation and the recipient of the Outstanding Carrier Award from General Motors.
  • LMS:  (HQ St. Louis) Emerging from a transportation logistics division at Monsanto in 1996, LMS has quickly become a formidable contender within the highly competitive third party logistics (3PL) industry.
  • Materialogic:  (HQ St. Louis) Materialogic is a nationally-recognized third party fulfillment, distribution, logistics and marketing support services provider that delivers superior outsourced business processing solutions.
  • Metro Park Warehouses (Kansas City): A 3pl providing public and contract warehousing, local and regional transportation, crossdocking and consolidation, transportation and inventory management, pick and pack, product assembly, and specialized packaging.
  • Phoenix International: (Kansas City, Springfield, St. Louis) Phoenix International is the largest privately owned, full-service international freight forwarder, NVOCC, and Customs broker headquartered in North America; providing logistics solutions since 1979.
  • Prime, Inc.:  (HQ Springfield) Prime Inc. is North America's most successful refrigerated, flatbed, and tanker carrier.
  • SRC Logistics: (HQ Springfield) Provides a broad range of logistics services, including public and contract warehousing, non-asset-based transportation management, fulfillment, distribution, and reverse logistics.
  • UniGroup Inc.: (HQ St. Louis) UniGroup, the parent company of United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit, is a local and long-distance household goods mover. Its other subsidiaries insure movers, sell and lease trucks, sell moving supplies and rent portable storage and moving.
  • World Wide Technology: (HQ St. Louis) World Wide Technology is a leading Systems Integrator providing technology products, services, and supply chain solutions to customers around the globe. WWT has a national network of distribution centers linked to a centralized Oracle inventory and order management application hosted in their secure data center in St. Louis.
  • Xtra Corp.: (HQ St. Louis) XTRA offers rental, lease, and lease/purchase packages for over-the-road trailers (including refrigerated, storage, and flatbed trailers), dry vans, and specialty equipment through 80-plus locations throughout North America.
  • XPO Logistics: The company offers truckload and less-than-truckload brokerage, last mile logistics, intermodal services, ground/air expedited transportation, technology-enabled contract logistics, freight forwarding and managed transportation to more than 14,000 customers in the manufacturing, industrial, retail, commercial, life sciences and governmental sectors. The company has operations in more than 200 locations in the United States and Canada.
  • Total Quality Logistics: Total Quality Logistics connects customers moving truckload freight with carriers who can haul it. TQL works with more than 50,000 carriers across North America, giving it access to millions of trucks to help its customers move freight.