Adrian Steel, an automotive supply company that specializes in producing commercial van interiors, will be making a $4.7 million capital investment to develop a new manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Missouri, creating 39 new jobs.
Headquartered in Adrian, Michigan, Adrian Steel manufactures a variety of storage products, including shelving, drawers, cabinets, partitions, ladder racks, aluminum toolboxes, and other accessories. The company also installs commercial van interiors and has outfitted more than one million vehicles, with customers in the daily rental industry, telecommunications industry, and other industrial users.
The company currently has a plant in Wentzville, Missouri, that serves the General Motors manufacturing facility there. Adrian Steel’s selection of a site at the Hunt Midwest Business Park in Kansas City will provide the company with equal proximity to Ford’s plant in Claycomo, where its interiors will be installed into the Ford Transit van.
“The historic expansions underway at Ford and General Motors have cemented Missouri’s position as a leader of the rebirth of the American auto industry,” Gov. Jay Nixon said. “With Ford and GM in the process of investing a combined $1.5 billion while creating 3,200 new manufacturing jobs in Missouri, we continue to have an unprecedented opportunity to both expand our network of existing auto suppliers and bring new suppliers to our state. Adrian Steel’s relocation to Kansas City, a direct result of Ford’s expansion, is another significant illustration of this exciting trend.”
The state of Missouri helped make Adrian Steel’s relocation in Kansas City possible through a strategic package of economic incentives, including $228,801 in Enhanced Enterprise Zone tax credits, which the company can redeem if it meets the strict job creation and investment criteria of the program, as well as recruitment assistance.