Spain-based Grupo Antolin North America will invest more than $15.7 million in a 150,000 square-foot automotive manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Missouri, initially to supply Ford’s Assembly Plant, creating an estimated 118 new jobs.
“Kansas City represents enormous opportunities for Grupo Antolin,” said Max Rogers, President of Grupo Antolin North America. “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.”
The company designs, manufactures, and supplies automotive overhead systems, interior trim and door functions, ambient and functional lighting products, lighting consoles and seat functions for major auto manufacturers worldwide. The firm’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kansas City will initially produce headliners for the all-new Ford Transit van, which will be manufactured at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.
"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," said Gov. Jay Nixon. "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."
“Global manufacturing companies, like Grupo Antolin, have many choices when it comes to where they operate. This announcement shows that this region is competitive with any region in the world,” said Kansas City Mayor James. “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.”
The City of Kansas City, along with partners including the Missouri Partnership, Kansas City Area Development Council, KCP&L, and the Kansas City Economic Development Corporation, began its outreach activities with Grupo Antolin in January. The State of Missouri and local partners’ strategic package of economic incentives will be available to the company if it meets the strict job creation and investment criteria.