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Additional Workspace for Two Missouri Automotive Manufacturers

Job Growth in MO

Missouri’s reputation as one of the top states for automotive manufacturing was again confirmed last month, with two local suppliers announcing expansions. Diode Dynamics added a new, 15,000-square-foot facility in St. Louis to develop and test automotive lighting products, making room for 50 new engineering positions. In Kansas City, vehicle headliner manufacturer Grupo Antolin has leased 36,000 square feet of space in the city’s Hunt Midwest SubTropolis, building upon its 2013 announcement to invest more than $15.7 million and create 118 jobs at its new Kansas City manufacturing facility. Grupo Antolin joins 10 other auto upfitters and suppliers with operations in the underground business complex.

Grupo Antolin makes headliners for Ford F-150s and Transit vans and General Motors’ Chevrolet Malibu, plus interior side panel package trays for both automakers. Grupo Antolin already employs about 300 workers in the Kansas City area. Eleven automotive industry companies have located in the Hunt underground complex and the companion surface Hunt Midwest Business Center since 2011, drawn partly by proximity to the Ford and GM manufacturing plants here, the company said. Other upfitters and suppliers include Adrian Steel, Knapheide Manufacturing Co., Ground Effects, Midway Ford, Auto Truck Group, AER Manufacturing, Caseco, Leggett & Platt CVP, XPO Logistics and Clore Automotive.

To read more about this story visit the Kanasas City Star's website, Diode Dynamics Automotive's website, and watch the short video below!