KANSAS CITY – Missouri’s resurgent automotive industry is bringing another leading automotive parts supplier and more jobs to the Kansas City region, Gov. Jay Nixon announced today.  Grupo Antolin North America will invest more than $15.7 million in a 150,000 square-foot automotive manufacturing facility to supply Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant, creating an estimated 118 new jobs.

“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. 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. With balanced budgets and strategic investments in our workforce, we will keep this industry growing and our economy moving forward. I am very pleased to welcome Grupo Antolin to the Show-Me State.”

“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.”

Grupo Antolin’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.  In August, the Governor met with leaders from Grupo Antolin to discuss the project during the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Conference in Traverse City, Michigan.

Grupo Antolin is an international automotive parts manufacturing company. 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, including Ford and General Motors.  Headquartered in Spain, Grupo Antolin has 100 manufacturing plants and 22 offices in 25 countries, including nine facilities in the United States.

“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.”

This press release provided by the Press Secretary for Gov. Jay Nixon.