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Rebuilding Missouri’s Automotive Industry

For more than 100 years, Missouri has been an automotive state.  The industry pumps billions of dollars into our economy and supports nearly 26,000 Missouri jobs.

But when Gov. Nixon took office in 2009, outsourcing and the global recession had taken a serious toll on this once-dominant industry.  That’s why Gov. Nixon’s very first executive order was to create the Missouri Automotive Jobs Task Force to develop strategies to create jobs and bring next-generation vehicle production to our state.

Building on the foundation of the Task Force’s report, Gov. Nixon ramped up investments in job training and met with key industry leaders in Detroit – delivering the message that Missouri was committed to building the vehicles of the future in the Show-Me State.

And in the summer of 2010, amid concerns about the future of Ford’s Claycomo plant in Kansas City, Gov. Nixon called the General Assembly into a special session and worked across the aisle to pass the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act, which provided strategic incentives to manufacturers who create jobs in our state.

Gov. Nixon’s tireless efforts have yielded real results for Missouri’s automotive industry and the families it supports.  Less than a year after Gov. Nixon inked a deal with Ford guaranteeing 3,750 jobs at their plant in Claycomo, Ford announced a historic $1.1 billion investment in the facility and an additional 1,600 jobs.  The expansion will include a second shift of workers for production of the popular F-150 truck and a brand new line of Ford Transit vans, previously manufactured overseas.

On the other side of the state, General Motors recently broke ground on a $380 million expansion of its Wentzville plant, where it will add 1,660 new local jobs building the newly redesigned Colorado pickup truck and meeting additional demand for its Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans.

As Gov. Nixon said in his 2011 State of the State address: “It sure feels nice to be at the wheel when the U.S. auto industry turns a corner.”

“It’s proof positive of what we already know: that the best darn workers in America are right here in the Show-Me State,” said Gov. Nixon.

 

 

 

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