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KC Council committee endorses auto parts manufacturing plan

Updated: 2013-11-21T03:30:48Z

By KEVIN COLLISON

The Kansas City Star

A $15.7 million plan to open an auto parts manufacturing operation in the East Bottoms that will employ 118 people and supply the Ford Claycomo plant was endorsed Wednesday by a Kansas City Council committee.

The Planning and Zoning Committee supported the request by Grupo Antolin for a $10.5 million industrial revenue bond. The money will be used to equip and furnish a 148,800-square-foot building at 1601 Southern Road. The full City Council is expected to approve the incentive Thursday.

The operation planned by the Spanish-based company will initially produce headliners for the new Ford Transit assembly line at the Claycomo plant. The average annual wage at the new Grupo Antolin facility will be more than $31,000.

Ford has spent $1.1 billion on its Claycomo complex for production of its Transit van and F-150 pickup truck. The workforce has expanded to 4,000 people in recent months.

“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 the region,” Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said in a statement.

To reach Kevin Collison, call 816-234-4289 or send email to kcollison@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at kckansascity.

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