Demand for metal fabrication services in Moniteau County is high due to the large manufacturing and agricultural base located in the region. A steady supply of raw materials is readily available, enabling fabricators to keep inventory costs down by employing just in time management processes. Nearby technical schools provide the training and skills fabricators demand from their craftsmen. Advanced technology creates opportunities for fabricators to employ CADD, automation and controls not typically available in a rural marketplace. Combined with a low cost of operation and a high quality of life, metal fabrication companies in the MRED region enjoy an enviable level of success.