Kansas City to add more auto manufacturing jobs

Kansas City will be looking to add more than 100 manufacturing jobs.

Kansas City is looking to produce more jobs to its auto manufacturing industry as the Kansas City Area Development Council announced on Nov. 21 that Grupo Antolin North America will invest in a new manufacturing facility.

More jobs for the area
The Spain-based auto manufacturer will invest more than $15.7 million into a 148,800-square-foot facility that is estimated to have 118 new jobs. Max Rogers, president of Grupo Antolin North America said in a statement that Kansas City is a prosperous city and is a great place to expand its business.

"Kansas City represents enormous opportunities for Grupo Antolin," Rogers said. "Missouri's friendly corporate climate and close proximity to major automakers put us in a position to better serve our clients and continue to grow."

Gov. Jay Nixon echoed Rogers statement saying that Kansas City is a great place to add manufacturing jobs.

"Creating good jobs for Missouri families by growing Missouri's auto industry remains a central focus of my administration and today these efforts continue to pay off in real ways for this region and our state," Nixon said. "Grupo Antolin's decision to locate a brand new manufacturing facility and create 118 new jobs in Kansas City is another example of how Ford's record investment in Claycomo continues to have positive ripple effects throughout this region. With balanced budgets and strategic investments in our workforce, we will keep this industry growing and our economy moving forward. I am very pleased to welcome Grupo Antolin to the Show-Me State."

The new facility will, at first, produced headliners for the new Ford Transit van, which in turn will be manufactured at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant located in Claycomo.

Expanding business
Grupo Antolin designs, manufactures and supplies automotive systems for many major auto manufacturers including General Motors and Ford. The Spain-based auto manufacturer has 100 manufacturing plants in 25 countries with nine of them being in the United States..

The plan for Grupo Antolin was first discussed in August when Nixon met with Grupo representatives to discuss a new facility. Mayor Sly James said he is happy that Grupo chose his city.

"Global manufacturing companies, like Grupo Antolin, have many choices when it comes to where they operate," James said. "This announcement shows that this region is competitive with any region in the world. I'm thrilled to welcome Grupo Antolin to our community and look forward to seeing the economic benefit this announcement brings to the people who live here."