“Show Me the Freight”- Missouri Trucking!

Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver said in his speech, “I’m from Missouri, and you’ve got to show me,” popularizing Missouri’s nickname, “The Show-Me State.” Since then, it seems to have resonated with residents, businesses, and industries within the state for over a century. The non-gullible, Missourians tend to want evidence,4 and the state’s 69,704 square miles and 114 counties3 have proven a lot regarding transportation and trucking.

Missouri is a midwestern state that has several major industries, including Transportation.

Advocacy and Community

The Missouri Trucking Association (MoTA) represents the interests of hundreds of member companies that operate trucks, as well as allied members that provide products and services to the motor carriers industry.

MoTA hosts a handful of events and offers various services, including:

  • Educational Seminars
  • Facts & Resources
  • PeopleNet
  • PrePass
  • TXTA Tire Program


MoDOT Motor Carrier Services helps carriers get the information, credentials and permits needed to start and continue a carrier business in Missouri. They also enforce safety and economic regulations to make it safe and enticing for residents.

Employment, Wages, and Business

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Truck Transportation is among the industries with the highest levels of employment in Transportation and Material Moving Occupations: Employment – 1,115,560, Percent of Industry Employment – 75.84%, Hourly Average Wage - $23.01 and Annual Average Wage - $47,850.00.

Missouri is home to several trucking companies. To name a few:

  • Waller Truck Co, Inc.
  • LTI Trucking Services
  • TransLand
  • Steelman Transportation
  • Truck Transport Inc.

If trying to decide on a specialty or a type of truck, here are a few options collectively offered by the companies mentioned above.

  • Shipping
  • Brokerage
  • Flatbeds
  • Dry Vans
  • LTL
  • Intermodal
  • Bulk Trucking
  • Pneumatic Tank
  • Transloading
  • Refrigerated
  • Regional
  • Dedicated

Freight Economics

Missouri shares a border with eight different states.3 The state’s deep roots in the advanced manufacturing sector and a pro-business environment link the state’s vast supply chain, making it excellent for business.

Manufactured in the state are:

  • Engines and Turbines
  • Rubber Products
  • Architectural Metals,
  • And more.

Commercial motor vehicles make up 20% of Missouri’s interstate traffic, carry goods from coast to coast, and are a vital part of the economy. In 2017 trucks transported 81% of the total manufactured tonnage in the state. 73% of Missouri communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.

Safety Matters

The MoTA Council of Safety Supervisors sponsors safety seminars, motorist rest stops, an annual conference, and other safety projects.