Metalworking & Equipment Refurbishing

Metalworking & Equipment Refurbishing

Our metalworking cluster not only deals with basic metalworking processes it is also comprised of a myriad of metalworking sectors with a specialized workforce for equipment refurbishment. In the year 2017, our 10-county labor shed posted over $339 million in metalworking industry demand of which a little over $147 million or 43.41% was met by existing regional businesses, leaving a potential $192 million worth of demand up for grab by existing businesses through expansion or for new businesses around the region that are considering moving into West Plains.

Our Metalworking Cluster

West Plains’ labor shed is home to a multitude of Metalworking companies including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Regal Beloit is a manufacturer of electric motors, mechanical and electrical motion controls and power generation products
  • Caterpillar Inc. fabricates hoses.
  • DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc. is a division of Leonardo DRS maintains a 100-acre heavy equipment manufacturing facility in West Plains
  • Perennial Energy manufactures biogas processing systems & equipment in West Plains.
  • Beehler Corporation manufactures continuous hinges and custom continuous hinges in aluminum, plain steel, and stainless steel
  • Hood Performance Racing builds high performance competition motors for street/strip, marine, and truck pulls in West Plains.

Metalworking Companies in our Labor Shed:

  • 34 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
  • 29 Automotive Body, Paint, and Interior Repair and Maintenance Operations
  • 23 Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
  • 20 Commercial & Industrial Machinery & Equipment (except Automotive & Electronic) Repair & Maintenance Operations
  • 13 Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction Operations
  • 7 Machine Shops
  • 7 Prefabricated Metal Building and Component Manufacturing
  • 3 Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing
  • 3 Saw Blade and Hand Tool Manufacturing
  • 3 Miscellaneous Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • 2 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
  • 1 Fabricated Structural Metal Manufacturing
  • 1 Hardware Manufacturing
  • 1 Air-Conditioning & Warm Air Heating Equipment & Commercial & Industrial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
  • 1 Motor and Generator Manufacturing
  • 1 Industrial Truck, Tractor, Trailer, and Stacker Machinery Manufacturing
  • 1 Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing
  • 1 Oil and Gas Pipeline and Related Structures Construction
  • 1 Nonferrous Metal Die-Casting Foundry

Skilled Labor/Workforce Availability:

The labor shed has more jobs in the following Metalworking Sectors than the US Average:

  • More than 82.5x the US average employed in Military Armored Vehicle, Tank, and Tank Component Manufacturing
  • More than 35x the US average in Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
  • More than 27x the US avg. in Automatic Environmental Control Manufacturing for Residential, Commercial, Appliance Use
  • More than 21x the US average employed in Motor and Generator Manufacturing
  • More than 19x the US avg. in Air-Conditioning & Warm Air Heating Equipment & Industrial Refrigeration Equip. Manufacturing
  • More than 11x the US average employed in Metal Valve and Pipe Fitting Manufacturing
  • More than 9x the US average in Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
  • More than 8.5x the US average in Nonferrous Metal Die-Casting Foundries
  • More than 8x the US average in Motor Vehicle Transmission and Power Train Parts Manufacturing
  • Almost 8x the US average employed in Hardware Manufacturing
  • More than 7x the US Avg. employed in Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, & Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
  • More than 7x the US average of Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers
  • More than 6.5x the average of All Other Metal Workers
  • Almost 5x the US average in Industrial Truck, Tractor, Trailer, and Stacker Machinery Manufacturing
  • More than 4x the US average in Current-Carrying Wiring Device Manufacturing
  • More than 4x the US average employed in Maintenance, Machinery
  • More than 3x the US average in Miscellaneous Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • More than 2.5x the US average in Rolling Mill and Other Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
  • More than 2.5x the US average in Home and Garden Equipment Repair and Maintenance
  • More than 2.5x the US average in Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing
  • More than 2.5x the US average of Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
  • More than 2.5x the US average of Machine Feeders and Offbearers
  • More than 2x the US average of Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  • More than 2x the US average of Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
  • More than 1.5x the US average of Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators (Metal)
  • More than 1.5x the US average of Team Assemblers
  • More than 1.5x the US average of All Other Assemblers and Fabricators

The labor shed has seen the following growth in Metalworking jobs over the last 5 years

  • 138% growth in Military Armored Vehicle, Tank, and Tank Component Manufacturing
  • 133% growth in Motor Vehicle Transmission and Power Train Parts Manufacturing
  • 84% growth in Nonferrous Metal Die-Casting Foundries
  • 80% growth in Automotive Repair and Maintenance
  • 67% growth in Industrial Truck, Tractor, Trailer, and Stacker Machinery Manufacturing
  • 53% growth in Hardware Manufacturing
  • 48% growth in over the last five years in Machine Shops, Turned Products, and Screw, Nut and Bolt Manufacturing
  • 37% growth in Air-Conditioning & Warm Air Heating Equipment & Industrial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
  • 33% growth in Current-Carrying Wiring Device Manufacturing
  • 29% growth over the last five years in Prefabricated Metal Building and Component Manufacturing
  • 28% growth in All Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
  • 22% growth in Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • 21% growth in Automotive Exhaust System Repair
  • 16% growth in Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
  • 16% growth in Conveyer Operators and Tenders
  • 15% growth in Millwrights
  • 13% growth in Sporting and Athletic Goods Manufacturing
  • 9% growth in Other Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance
  • 9% growth in Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers (Transportation Equipment)
  • 8% growth in Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
  • 7% growth in Other Metal Valve and Pipe Fitting Manufacturing
  • 6% growth in Commercial & Industrial Machinery & Equipment (except Automotive & Electronic) Repair & Maintenance
  • 6% growth in Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders (Metal)
  • 6% growth in Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • 4% growth of Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metals and Plastic
  • 3% growth of Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Howell County is a Missouri Department of Economic Development designated Certified Work Ready Community

ACT, the college readiness assessment standardized testing company which tests high school students for admission into college (one of two such testing companies with the SAT), has initiated a national effort to certify counties as having workers with essential skills needed for industrial workplace success.  These skills include reading for information, applied mathematics, and locating information.  ACT has found these skills are required for 67% of jobs in the USA.

This ACT certification provides evidence-based facts regarding the quality and quantity of workers in our primary county, Howell County.

Low Cost Electric Power

The City of West Plains provides an average 180,000,000 kilowatt hour of electricity to its customers thru its own transmission and distribution network. This network consists of a transmission line,6 substations, a 52 MW Generation station, and over 350 miles of lines which is owned and maintained by its own Electric Department. Electricity is procured from Southwester Power Administration, Sikeston Power plant and open market sources thru the Southwestern Power Pool. Over 24% of the total electricity purchased annually is considered “Green” Energy. Average rates are:   Residential $0.083   Commercial $0.061  Industrial $0.050. Please refer to our advertised rates for specific pricing.

Link for rates: http://westplains.net/new/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Electric-Water-and-Sewer-Rates-1.pdf

City of West Plains is served by Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, Inc. (HOEC). Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative, located in Marshfield, Missouri is HOEC’s transmission cooperative.

  • HOEC is owned by the members it serves; therefore, the cooperative is controlled by its’ members
  • HOEC is not profit driven; as a cooperative, it strives to keep costs of electricity low and maintain high quality of service
  • Commercial energy rates within West Plains can go as low as $.05 per kWh

Natural Gas

  • Summit Natural Gas of Missouri, a subsidiary of Summit Utilities, Inc. is the natural gas supplier to residents and businesses of West Plains, Missouri.
  • Summit Utilities Inc. maintains 20 natural gas systems and serves more than 40,000 homes and businesses in Colorado, Missouri, and Maine with clean, affordable natural gas.
  • Summit Natural Gas underground pipelines not only meet but exceed federal, state, and industry safety standards.
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Water and Wastewater

  • The city provides water and wastewater management services to residents and businesses.
  • Water supply capacity is 5.2 million gallons per day
  • Peak consumption is 4 million gallons per day
  • The city’s Oxidation Ditch type water treatment plant has a current treatment capacity of 3.25 million gallons a day
  • Average daily treatment is 2.6 million gallons

Transportation

Road Access

  • 4-laned Highway 63 intersects US Highway 60 in Howell County

Commercial Rail Access

  • West Plains is served by Burlington Northern-Santa Fe’s Heartland division

Workforce Training

  • South Central Career Center is West Plains offers high quality workforce development programs that focus on the labor shed’s targeted industry sectors. Some of the programs are:
    • Auto Body and Collision Repair
    • Auto Mechanics Technology
    • Drafting
    • Welding

Missouri State University

West Plains offers a certificate program in Advanced Manufacturing Technology.

Colleges and Universities

Our labor shed has access to quality workforce training as well as higher education programs through the following institutions:

  • Missouri State University offers an undergraduate minor in Industrial Management, a Material Science major and several engineering programs
  • Arkansas State University-Mountain Home offers a Technical Center has the following metalworking relevant training programs for high school students:
    • Automotive Systems Repair
    • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
    • Mechatronics
    • Welding
  • Ozarks College has certificate programs in Automotive Service Technology and Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Ozarks Technical Community College has high quality training programs in Machine Tool Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Construction Technology, Aviation, and Industrial Systems Technology

Taxes and Business Costs

  • Missouri is one of only two states to allow companies to annually select the income allocation option they like (the three-factor formula, based on sales, property and payroll or the single-factor formula, based only on sales)
  • Income allocation options result in lower corporate income tax liability
  • Qualifying manufacturing companies can receive state sales tax exemption based on items such as machinery, energy, water, materials, etc.
  • Residential property is assessed at 19% of true market value
  • Personal property is assessed at 33.33% of true market value

Incentives

The State of Missouri and the City of West Plains have implemented several different programs to assist existing businesses and attract new ones. Notable programs include tax credits, grants, exemptions, etc.

Local Incentive Information
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Tax Credits

Missouri Enhanced Enterprise Zone (MO EEZ)

West Plains features Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Missouri Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ). The EEZ incentives are tax credits and local property tax abatements designed to encourage investment and job creation by expanding or new businesses within the region. To know more about the program,click here.

Federal New Market Tax Credits (NMTC)

  • This non-traditional financing incentive is for capital investments made by businesses both for-profit and not-for-profit) as well as for the development of mixed-use, commercial, industrial and housing projects

Historic Tax Credits

  • A 25% state investment tax credit for the “certified rehabilitation” of a “certified historic structure” used for either commercial or residential purposes
  • State historic tax credit may be carried forward for up to ten years
  • Eligible projects might also qualify for 20% federal investment tax credit for up to five years

Missouri Works Program

  • This incentive tool is considered as The State of Missouri’s number one incentive tool for expansion and retention
  • In addition to providing tax credits or access to capital through withholdings, the program also helps businesses purchase equipment to maintain its facility in Missouri

Rebuilding Communities Tax Credit Program

  • Primary aim of this incentive program is to stimulate business activity in Missouri’s “distressed communities” by providing tax credits to qualifying businesses that expand or move into a distressed community
  • For more information click here.

Tax Abatement

EEZ Local Property Tax Abatement

  • Eligible Businesses in an Enhanced Enterprise Zone
  • Eligible Businesses may receive 50% property tax abatement
  • Current EEZ zoning won’t expire until 2032

Project Financing

BUILD Missouri

The BUILD Missouri Program is an incentive tool targeted at large business projects. It allows Missouri Department of Economic Development and the Missouri Development Finance Board to provide financial incentive to an eligible entity in manufacturing, processing, assembly, research and development, and agricultural processing or services. For more information on the program, click here.

Missouri Customized Training Program

  • Must create new jobs in the state or retrain existing jobs as a result of substantial capital investment
  • Through this program, up to 100% of a company’s classroom training costs can be reimbursed