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Grupo Antolin of Spain to be deeply-rooted in Missouri

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Grupo Antolin cut the ribbon on Grupo Antolin’s new manufacturing facility in Missouri, which will create 118 new jobs over the next two years.

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The new 148,000 square-foot facility, houses high-tech manufacturing equipment to produce customized headliners for Ford’s all new Missouri-made Transit van.

In November of last year, Governor Jay Nixon announced Grupo Antolin North America’s plan to invest more than $18 million in a new automotive manufacturing facility to supply Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo.

The new facility will allow the company to be closer to its customers as well as increase production capacity to 3,500-4,000 headliners a day. The company projects that by 2016, all vehicles manufactured in Missouri will feature headliners produced by the Kansas City facility.

"For more than 20 years the USA automotive sector has been important for our organization. And the opening of our new factory in Missouri is another step of our plan to expand in this market," Ernesto Antolin, Vice Chairman of Grupo Antolin said. "Missouri has all the factors in becoming a leading state for the automotive industry in this country. We look forward to strengthening our presence in the state."

Headquartered in Spain, Grupo Antolin is an international automotive supplier with over 100 manufacturing plants and 22 offices in 25 countries, including nine facilities in the United States. 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.

The City of Kansas City, along with partners including the Missouri Partnership, Kansas City Area Development Council, KCP&L, and the Kansas City Economic Development Corporation, began its outreach activities with Grupo Antolin last year, with Governor Nixon meeting with company leadership last summer in Traverse Michigan.

The State of Missouri and local partners’ strategic package of economic incentives will be available to the company if it meets the strict job creation and investment criteria.


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