• Free for qualified executives and consultants to industry

  • Receive quarterly issues of Area Development Magazine and special market report and directory issues


RLE International Plans Kansas City, Missouri, Modification-Engineering Center

Global engineering and design company RLE International will establish a new Modification and Engineering Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The $7.5 million project is expected to create 85 jobs.

Located within Hunt Midwest’s SubTropolis, the state-of-the-art facility will provide complex engineering, design, and build solutions for automotive and mobility clients.

“Our team at RLE International offers an upfront innovation strategy to transform customers’ base vehicles to a range of design variants, right from ideation, through design and development, and into low-volume production,” said Robert Kokx, President of RLE USA. “With the addition of our Mod Center, we can offer a ‘one-stop shop’ solution to our clients. We are truly excited to join forces with the talented people Kansas City has to offer and together take on our new possibilities.”

RLE utilized the Missouri Works program, a tool that helps companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation. The company is also receiving assistance from Missouri One Start, a division of the Department of Economic Development. Missouri One Start assists eligible businesses with their recruitment and training needs.

“This expansion is another example that our emphasis on a skilled workforce and favorable business climate is making a difference for our economy,” said Department of Economic Development Acting Director Maggie Kost. “Collaborative efforts statewide continue to attract leading companies who are strengthening key sectors, creating jobs and improving the lives of Missourians. We’re grateful for the teamwork that helped secure this significant investment, and look forward to welcoming RLE to Kansas City.”

RLE International is involved in the development of new vehicles with a wide range of customers. The company helps manufacturers and start-ups develop, refine, and test electric vehicles from initial vision to production.

“As the second-largest auto hub in North America, the KC region is a key location for RLE International as the company continues to innovate and grow within the industry,” said Tim Cowden, President and CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council. “The $19 billion transportation manufacturing industry in KC allows companies, including RLE, to streamline supply chain operations and lower operating costs.”

“As America’s crossroads, Kansas City, Missouri is excited to welcome RLE,” said Steven Anthony, Executive Director of Business Development for the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City. “Our location, availability of skilled talent, and our business climate will serve RLE very well. We look forward to welcoming them to our community.”

Exclusive Research