Poplar Bluff Industries

About PBI

Serving our community since 1947, Poplar Bluff Industries is a not-for-profit economic development organization which works with expanding and relocating companies who are considering a location in the greater Poplar Bluff, Missouri area.  Poplar Bluff Industries is the Economic Development Authority (EDA) for the city of Poplar Bluff and Butler County Missouri.

Area History 

Early Settlers chose an uninhabited bluff on Black River on which to place the town that would contain their governing offices. They named it Poplar Bluff, for the beautiful poplar trees that grew there. Poplar Bluff continued to grow through the 1800’s and was officially incorporated in 1870.

Board of Directors

Poplar Bluff Industries Board of Directors is made up of fifteen members, each serving a three year term. Listed below are the 2022 Board of Directors.

  • Austin Williams: Cane Creek Sod (Chairman)
  • Ryan Hendricks: Gates Corporation (Vice Chair)
  • Zack Stricker: First Missouri State Bank (Chair Elect)
  • Eric Arnold: Circle Fiber & Poplar Bluff Realty (Treasurer)
  • Jeff Baldwin: Baldwin Automotive Group
  • Jeff Welker: Wil Fischer Distributing
  • Todd Bullington: Sterling Bank
  • Megan Leist: Southern Bank
  • Joe Leahy: Smith & Company
  • Charlotte Eubank: Three Rivers College
  • Brandon Woolard: Commerce Bank
  • Rick Naegler: Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center

Community Partners

Three Rivers College
Poplar Bluff R1 Schools
City of Poplar Bluff
Butler County Commission
Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission
Poplar Bluff Municipal Utilities
Spire Natural Gas
Ozark Border Electric Cooperative
Poplar Bluff Job Center