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Poplar Bluff, MO.

Poplar Bluff, MO is home to Briggs & Stratton – the world’s largest manufacturer of air-cooled gasoline engines. With a hardworking, growing community, Poplar Bluff is ready for industrial and manufacturing companies to make PB their home base.

Listed as a
2019 Top Micropolitan

Site Selection Magazine

Poplar Bluff Industries (PBI)

Economic Development Services



Provide pertinent information about locating and expanding a business in the Poplar Bluff area.



Serve the Missouri community of Poplar Bluff as well as rural areas of Butler County.



Provide information on labor force, taxes, energy costs, financing and job training programs.



Prepare Confidential and Comprehensive Project Proposals based on your project criteria.



Coordinate community visits and property tours for site selection teams and act as liaison with state and local officials, area real estate developers, and utility and transportation representatives.



Maintain current inventory of available buildings and industrial sites.

About PBI.

Poplar Bluff Industries is the Economic Development Authority (EDA) for the city of Poplar Bluff and Butler County Missouri. Serving our community since 1947.

Our Community

Over 20% of Poplar Bluff’s workforce holds a job in the manufacturing industry. In a recent interview with Business View Magazine, Steve Halter explained the approach Poplar Bluff takes to incentivize manufacturing companies to bring their operations to the area.


Labor force within 45 minutes= 77,647

The work ethic of employees in the greater Poplar Bluff area is second to none.  We don’t just say this –we mean it– In January of 2014 Butler County was recognized by Governor Nixon as the 3rd CERTIFIED ACT WORK READY COMMUNITY in the United States.

Workforce Initiative

ACT Work Ready Community

2nd in the state of Missouri

JAG Program

Essential Skills program with PBR1 Schools

Manufacturing Day Host

Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Poplar Bluff Training Consortium

Partnering With Three Rivers College

What People Are Saying

“PBI has been an excellent partner to Briggs & Stratton for many years.  We are thankful to operate in a community that values and supports manufacturing.”

Michelle Shelton 
Senior Manager Human Resources
Briggs & Stratton