Several dynamic food processing companies have called the city of Milan, Missouri, home for over the last 15 years:

  • Smithfield
  • Simmons Feed Ingredients

Why did these companies want to come to Milan?

Location. Low-cost utilities, a skilled workforce and a central location close to major transportation outlets.

Major Highways:

State Routes 5 and 6, routes through the City

Near State Route 63

Near I-35

Distance From Major Airports:

KC International           128.20 miles               2 hrs. 23 minutes

Lambert-St. Louis        236.88 miles               4 hrs. 58 minutes

Smaller airport nearer Milan but with good and improving commercial service:

Kirksville Regional Airport, Kirksville, MO 41.5 miles

Distance from Major Cities:

Kansas City                 126.23 miles              2 hrs. 21 minutes

St. Louis                       250.03 miles             4 hrs. 15 minutes

Omaha                           239.08 miles             4 hrs. 5 minutes

Des Moines                  127.45 miles             2 hrs. 45 minutes

In addition, rail service is available 12.20 miles (16 minutes) away in Osgood, Missouri.

Infrastructure to Support Food-Processing.

The city of Milan Waste Water Treatment Plant. Constructed in 2009, this multi-million dollar investment meets the needs for water pollution control and waste water treatment from nearby food processors, and other businesses in the area, setting a foundation for future industrial growth in the food processing cluster area.

Additionally, an adequate, available water source is also a requirement for Food-Processing Companies looking to expand their operations.  The North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission (headquartered in Milan), has embarked on the East Locust Creek Reservoir Project which entails the construction of a multi-purpose reservoir that will provide 7 million gallons of water per day for public consumption. The reservoir would provide water to 54,000 residents in 10 north-central Missouri counties.

The revised plan calls for completing flood prevention measures, developing water-based recreational facilities, and enhancing fish and wildlife habitats.