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Job Ready Workforce

The Freightway Works For You

Diverse manufacturing, logistics, and distribution workforce

4,400+ firms operating wholesale trade and warehousing

10+ institutions with logistics, supply chain management programs

Training providers enhance workforce skills, provide funds

Having an abundance of every mode of transportation goes a long way in making the Freightway worthy of consideration when faced with the challenge of moving tons of products around the world. However, no product is moved without a skilled workforce such as that which the St. Louis region employs.

Fortunately, our region boasts more workers employed in manufacturing than all peer cities in the Midwest – a strength supported by our region’s plentiful logistics and supply chain-based educational opportunities. The St. Louis region’s talent pool runs notably deep.

Key strengths of the St. Louis regional workforce include the following:

  • The St. Louis region offers a highly skilled and diversified workforce whose core strengths lie in manufacturing, supply chain logistics, and value-added distribution.
  • Our well-educated and experienced workforce provides added value to warehousing, distribution, and e-commerce companies, all at a competitive price.
  • This experienced labor pool provides high levels of productivity, exceptional work quality, and safe practices.
  • There are currently more than 4,400 firms operating wholesale trade, transportation, and warehousing operations in the St. Louis area. (US Census Bureau Economic Census 2012)
  • The region’s robust corporate sector in the distribution industry includes such companies as Amazon, Walgreens,, Hershey, Whirlpool, and Unilever among others.
  • Among its peer cities, the St. Louis region has the largest number of workers employed in manufacturing, and its manufacturing employment as a share of total nonfarm employment is similar to or greater than most of its peer cities.
  • Our workforce is highly effective at implementing high-tech manufacturing processes and value-added goods production.

Mean Average Wage

Average Wage St. Louis MSA

# Workers St. Louis MSA

All Occupations



All Transportation and Material Moving Occupations



Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers






First Line Supervisors of Helpers, Material Movers



Laborers, Freight Stock, and Material Movers



All Production Occupations



First Line Supervisor, Production and Operating Worker



Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers



CNC Machine Tool Programmers (Metal and Plastic)



CNC Machine Tool Operators (Metal and Plastic)






Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers



Helpers/Production Workers



Source Employment and Wage Estimates, BLS May 2015, Production Occupations, Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

Training Providers & Centers of Excellence

The St. Louis area is rich in local community colleges, technical schools, and centers of excellence that are well equipped to partner with private industry. Major players include:

Center for Workforce Innovation and Labor at St. Louis Community College

This new facility on the STLCC Florissant Valley campus serves more than 500 students annually through innovative workforce programs. CWI is home to:

  • Six aerospace labs
  • Three Technical Training Labs (Programmable Logic Controllers, Industrial Maintenance Training, and Green Technologies and Sustainable Construction)
  • A large equipment lab
  • Three all-purpose classrooms
  • A computer lab, and more

Emerson Center for Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing at St. Louis Community College

Also located at STLCC Florissant Valley, the Emerson Center’s focus is to provide associates degrees, certificate programs, and customized training programs to the local manufacturing and engineering workforce.

Selsius Industrial Skills Solutions at Southwestern Illinois College at Granite City

Selsius students enjoy industrial training in state-of-the-art labs in the Illinois cities of Granite City, Belleville, and East St. Louis. Core industrial services include:

  • Welding
  • PLC (basic and advanced)
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanics
  • Precision Machining

East Central College Missouri Manufacturing Wins Program

Through Mo Manufacturing Wins, students are able to earn certificates recognized and endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers. Skill certificates available include:

  • Production
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Welding
  • Machining
  • Transportation and Logistics

Lewis & Clark Community College

With campuses in Edwardsville, East Alton and Godfrey, IL, Lewis & Clark Community College offers adult education classes, community and continuing education programs, online classes, and workforce training. Students can obtain degrees and certificates in base fields such as:

  • Industrial Technology
  • Logistics Management
  • Truck Driver Training
  • Construction Labor
  • Welding Technology

Ranken Technical College

Students at Ranken receive comprehensive instruction and hands-on experience while using up-to-date technology. Degree programs include:

  • Fabrication and Welding Technology
  • Industrial Technology
  • Precision Machining Technology
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  • Facilities Technology