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Missouri's Automotive Growth 

On Display in 2016 

Gov. Jay Nixon attended the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week to promote the continued comeback of Missouri’s automotive industry.  During the trip, Gov. Nixon met with companies that have embarked on major expansions in Missouri as well as companies considering future growth opportunities. This was the Governor’s sixth year attending NAIAS, having made reviving Missouri’s auto industry a top priority of his administration.

“Over the past seven years, we’ve made Missouri an automotive powerhouse and a hub of next-generation auto jobs and investment,” said Gov. Nixon.  “Spurred by historic investments from Ford and GM, Missouri’s automotive industry is back and better than ever – and we’re not done yet.  It is always an honor to represent the Show-Me State at America’s premier automotive showcase as we continue to strengthen Missouri’s position as a global leader in auto manufacturing and innovation.”

Gov. Nixon met with executives from Ford Motor Company and General Motors, as well as from automotive suppliers including Toyota Bodine, SRG Global, Grupo Antolin, LMV Automotive, Martinrea and Janesville Acoustics – all of which have located or expanded in Missouri during the Governor’s tenure.

A recent report by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center found that since 2010, at least 64 automotive plants and parts suppliers have created or retained more than 16,200 jobs and invested a combined $2.26 billion to grow their facilities in Missouri. Over the six years, these jobs and investment spending will also support an additional 25,767 jobs in the state, which will cumulatively support $11 billion in personal income and $18.1 billion in Gross Domestic Product.

Gov. Nixon has made strengthening Missouri’s once-struggling auto sector a top priority. On his very first day in office, he created the Missouri Auto Jobs Task Force. Working across the aisle to pass the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act helped lay the groundwork for major investments by automotive manufacturers and suppliers all across the state. Ford and GM have expanded their facilities and workforce several times. Both auto manufacturers collectively employ more than 11,200 workers, which is more than double their employment levels in 2010.  As a result of this growth and an increase in the demand for parts, dozens of auto supply companies have expanded their facilities or opened new facilities in Missouri for the first time. Total automotive industry employment has rebounded since 2010’s level of 15,600, providing jobs to more than 24,000 Missourians.

Today, Missouri is home to the 2015 North American Truck of the Year, the Ford F-150 pickup, which is assembled in Kansas City. Also manufactured at Ford’s largest production plant in the world is America’s best-selling full-size van, the Transit. GM’s plant in Wentzville manufactures Autoweek’s 2015 Best of the Best Truck, the GMC Canyon, and the 2016 Motor Trend Truck of the Year, the Chevrolet Colorado.

For more of this weeks economic development news visit Gov. Nixon's website and watch the short video below!