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The Secret is Out!

Satisfaction GuaranteedThe secret is out about Southwest Missouri's Premiere Business Region. Barton County boasts the benefits of safe, neighborly small town atmosphere, nearby big city perks, low cost of living, and a gateway for tons of family fun - while still remaining in the top half of Missouri's personal family per capita income.

The health of our local economy is supported by a vibrant mix of agriculture, manufacturing, retail, and tourism. At various points in the past decade, communities within Barton County have ranked as high as First for sorghum production, second in the state for wheat production, 5th in grain sorghum production, and 23rd in soybean production. With an estimated 38 million dollar export of agriculture products in a given year, Barton County is truly a leader in grain production for the state of Missouri!

A solid economic foundation is also supported by strong diversified industry. Thorco Industries, headquartered in Lamar, and is now a leader in producing display point-of-purchase fixtures, shopping carts, and other merchandising goods for such national retail giants like Wal-Mart and Best Buy. Epoch Composite Products is enjoying progress and unlimited growth potential in producing new, alternative building materials. Golden Business Forms boasts a state of the art printing operation serving businesses throughout the Midwest.

Economic stability, a strong heritage, unique quality of life, and local commitment to orderly growth make a recipe for success for your business. Our website holds a wealth of economic research information on the advantages of locating your company in Barton County.


Award Winning Quality of Life

Barton County Missouri is a great place to live, work and play. Both Lamar & Golden City Missouri are repeat award winners with the Missouri Community Betterment (view awards) and as one of the first communities active in CB since its 1960s inception, Lamar s well-known for her pro-active approach to community development.

Economic Data

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