GM Fairfax supplier Janesville Acoustics is opening a plant in Warrensburg, Mo.

01/21/2014 4:10 PM

01/21/2014 10:25 PM

Michigan-based Janesville Acoustics is opening a plant in Warrensburg, Mo., that will manufacture acoustic insulation for the Chevrolet Malibu model built at the General Motors Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan.

The new 155,000-square-foot plant is expected to create 164 jobs over the next two years. Janesville Acoustics plans to invest $13.4 million in Warrensburg and add 40,000 square feet to the plant by the end of the year, according to a release Tuesday from Warrensburg officials.

“The addition of Janesville Acoustics to our community demonstrates that larger and vital manufacturers of our national economy are attracted to our community,” City Manager Paul Hertwig Hopkins said in a statement.

Warrensburg is about 60 miles southeast of Kansas City, and the decision to locate an automotive supply company in the community of about 19,000 is another indication of the economic ripple effect of the large investments GM and Ford have made in their Kansas City area auto plants.

GM is investing $600 million in its Fairfax plant, which employs 3,900 people making the Malibu and Buick LaCrosse, for a new paint shop and other upgrades. Ford is investing $1.1 billion in its Claycomo plant, which now is expected to employ 5,400 people to make F-150 pickup trucks and Transit delivery vans by the end of the year.

The Janesville Acoustics facility in Warrensburg initially will produce trunk liners, specialized carpets and dash liners along with general acoustic insulation for the Malibu. The plant is expected to begin operation in July.

The base wage will be $33,000, which is 21 percent greater than the average wage in Johnson County, Mo., according to Warrensburg officials.

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