Missouri Trucking Industry

Missouri highway
“Show Me!” That’s what you’ll hear in Missouri, but it doesn’t necessarily mean no one trusts anybody. Chances are Missourians just want to see what you are hauling and decide if they want a load of it as well. Profits for you and satisfied customers! What more could you ask for? Missouri’s eastern border is the Mississippi River and river ports are plentiful, the most important being St. Louis, “The Gateway to the West.” When you reach the urban areas and encounter those four-wheelers flying like they’re headed for air space, take a cue from Mark Twain and remind yourself, “No amount of evidence will ever persuade an idiot.”

Geographic Advantages
Missouri is centrally located in the U.S. with the large cities of St. Louis and Kansas City on its east and west borders. The state is a major cross country thoroughfare and has enough smaller city and rural area to produce many products that those looking for truck driver jobs can expect to haul.

Bordering States/Countries
Missouri is bordered to the north by Iowa, to the east by Illinois and Kentucky, to the south by Arkansas, and to the west by Kansas and Nebraska.

As the U.S. economy experiences is ups and downs, Missouri’s increasing role in technology development will play an important role in providing tools to assist in stabilizing the economy on both regional and national levels as will is central location with a major east-west route across the U.S.

Deep Water Ports
While Missouri lacks seaports, it has several river ports along the Mississippi River, the most important of which is St. Louis, considered the “The Gateway to the West.”

Products Moved by Trucks
When it comes to truck driver jobs, Missouri offers many industries in which a driver can specialize as well as a large number of companies and carriers offering truck driver jobs. Missouri is becoming increasingly known for high-tech industries, so many truck driver jobs can be found in this sector of the economy. Whether products are exported out of state, out of the country, or simply remain in the state for the use of those living in Missouri, according to the latest data from World’s Top Exports, the following are the primary products moved by truck drivers and offering many truck driving jobs to those calling Missouri home:

  1. Small gas-powered trucks
  2. Aircraft including engines, parts
  3. Soya beans
  4. Miscellaneous medications
  5. Lead ores, concentrates
  6. Heterocyclics with unfused pyridine ring
  7. Refined copper
  8. Miscellaneous food preparations
  9. Miscellaneous chemical products, preparations
  10. Pork cuts (frozen)

Missouri Highways
The Interstate Highways in Missouri include 9 major routes along with 10 auxiliary routes. The total mileage of interstate highway in Minnesota is 1,393, just a portion of the state’s 276,000 lane miles of roadway and include:

I-29 from Kansas City to Hamburg, Iowa
I-35 from Kansas City to Eagleton
I -44 from Joplin to St. Louis
I-49 from Pineville to Kansas City
I-55 from Steele to St. Louis
I-57 from Sikesville to Charleston
I-64 from Wentzville to St. Louis
I-70 from St. Louis to Kansas City
I-72 at Hannibal
Auxiliary interstates around larger cities

For more information on Missouri and its truck driver jobs, visit www.motrucking.org