Infusing Jobs into Missouri

Headquartered in Mississauga, Canada, the Cott Corporation serves up carbonated soft drinks and a variety of other beverages to retailers, brand owners, and distributors. Performing on a massive scale across the globe, Cott employs more than 12,500 people, has operations in 21 countries, and is a company of over $3.3 billion in revenue.

Employing over 300 workers in the Show-Me State, the company maintains production facilities in Joplin, Sikeston, and St. Louis.

Residents of The Gateway City are likely already familiar with Cott, as the company recently refurbished the giant replica of the iconic Vess soda bottle, located north of the Dome at America's Center in St. Louis. This past year, July 11th was officially recognized as Vess Bottle Day in St. Louis! Owned by Cott Beverages, Vess Soda also operates a bottling plant in Maryland Heights.

Accelerating the Auto Industry

Missouri's automobile industry steers a large portion of the state's economy. As a major producer of steel and aluminum parts for the auto sector, Ontario-based Martinrea International Inc. employs over 300 people at its 15.2 acre site in the Kansas City suburb of Riverside. The Riverside location is proud to be the first to combine four production processes—  welding, e-coating, parts stamping and modular assembly—  in the same plant. In fact, Martinrea's facility manufactures enough units to support 1,100 vehicles per day. The company joins eleven suppliers that have opened plants in the area since 2013, generating $75 million in new payroll.

“This Missouri facility demonstrates the teamwork and determination of both General Motors and Martinrea to build a state-of-the-art facility committed to providing world-class quality and just-in-time delivery,” said Nick Cline, General Manager of Martinrea in Riverside.

Missouri–Canada trade

  • Missouri exports to Canada: $5.2 billion
  • Missouri imports from Canada: $3.0 billion
  • Bilateral trade: $8.2 billion
  • Missouri services exports to Canada: $813 million

Missouri–Canada tourism

  • Missouri visits by Canadians: 169,100
  • Missouri vacation spending by Canadians: $46 million

Missouri’s top goods exports to Canada

  • Trucks: $1.5 billion
  • Aircraft: $1.2 billion
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $126 million
  • Heating, cooling & refrigeration equipment: $97 million
  • Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $89 million

Missouri’s top goods imports from Canada

  • Crude petroleum: $690 million
  • Engines & turbines: $281 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $180 million
  • Motor vehicle parts: $164 million
  • Rubber & rubber articles: $118 million

Missouri exports to Canada by industry

  • Transportation (56%)
  • Equipment & machinery (13%)
  • Chemicals (10%)
  • Agriculture (7%)
  • Minerals & metals (4%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (3%)
  • Other (7%)

Missouri imports from Canada by industry

  • Energy (25%)
  • Equipment & machinery (19%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (10%)
  • Agriculture (9%)
  • Minerals & metals (9%)
  • Forest products (8%)
  • Other (20%)

Missouri Jobs

  • 163,800 Missouri jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada

Missouri top services exports to Canada

  • Business, professional & technical services: $146 million
  • Financial services: $61 million
  • Royalties: $55 million
  • Insurance: $42 million
  • Telecommunications: $16 million


  • 163,800 jobs in Missouri depend on Canada–U.S. trade and investment
  • Canada is Missouri’s #1 customer
  • Total Canada–Missouri goods trade: $8.2 billion

Connect to our team

For more information on Missouri’s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Chicago.

February 2017
Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2016 data in U.S. dollars. Statistics Canada: 2014 tourism, based on combined same-day and overnight travel (8/2016 release, US$1.00=C$1.1045). U.S. Census Bureau: goods trade, Canada’s export ranking (2/2017 release). U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: goods and services trade (3/2016 release). Trade Partnership: 2015 services trade (1/2017 release). Job numbers are from a study commissioned by the Government of Canada (11/2014 release, 2013 data). Figures may not add up due to rounding. Produced by the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.