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Top 10 for 3-Year Food Manufacturing Growth
KC ranked No. 8 among the Top 50 food manufacturing markets in the U.S. for 3-year job growth within the sector, increasing 14% from 2015 to 2018.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 2018


Top 10 for Speculative Construction Growth
The Kansas City Industrial Market ranked No. 6 among the Top 10 Markets for Speculative Construction Growth by absorbing 9.2 million-sq.-ft. in 2017.
REBusinessOnline, May 2018


Jill McCarthy

Senior Executive | Corporate Attraction
With more than 25 years of experience, Jill leads the business development team.

Food Manufacturing

Kansas City is in the heart of this country’s agricultural region where major ingredients like flour, meat and milk products are at your fingertips. Locating in Kansas City means cost efficient product distribution by reaching 85% of the U.S. population in two days. Easy access to five Class I railroads and four major interstates support Kansas City’s rank as the #1 rail center in the U.S. by tonnage and #3 truck center. Kansas City has a workforce of more than 100,000 people employed in manufacturing with one out of every six employed specifically in food manufacturing.


The Basics

Employed in KC Manufacturing
Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018 Q2 QCEW

Employed in KC Food Manufacturing

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018 Q2 QCEW

Food Manufacturing Companies in KC

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018 Q2 QCEW

Value of KC Food Manufacturing
$9.4 billion
U.S. Census Bureau, Economic Census


Existing Presence

More than 200 food manufacturing companies call Kansas City home and it’s not hard to see why. Kansas City’s more than $9 billion food manufacturing industry continues to thrive with proximity to agriculture markets, advanced logistics infrastructure and industry-specific talent. KC regional food manufacturing companies include, but are not limited to: Bimbo Bakeries, Frito-Lay Inc., General Mills, Inc., Hiland Dairy Foods, Hillshire Brands Co., Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., Hostess Brands Inc., KC Sausage, Kerry Sweets, Lifeline Foods, Marlen International, Mars Petcare US, Mars, Inc., Nestle Purina Petcare Global, QuikTrip, Reser's Fine Foods Inc., Russell Stover Chocolates, Inc., Seaboard Triumph Foods, LLC, Smithfield Foods, Inc., Tyson Foods, Unilever.

Workforce Demographics

Manufacturing workers in Kansas City are 11% more productive than the national average, as measured by JobsEQ in Q1 2019 for output per worker. Food production workers in the KC region have a similar gender ratio and age distribution as the national average. However, Kansas City's food manufacturing workforce is notably more educated on average than the U.S. food production workers.

Food Manufacturing Workers by Sex

Food Manufacturing Workers by Age

Food Manufacturing Workers by Education

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Quarterly Workforce Indicators, 2018

Kansas City is creating a 21st Century Workforce by cultivating a pipeline of preparation through education and training.

Manufacturing industry leaders, education and training providers, and the public workforce system are working together to assess critical hiring needs and the core competencies necessary to fill open positions. This is creating leading-edge education and training programs specifically designed to meet industry’s most pressing needs, like the implementation of the MT1 Certification. The Kansas City region is also the first to pilot a national careers campaign designed to help attract and train young people in advanced manufacturing.


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