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Construction completed on new Riverside auto parts plant

A new automotive manufacturing plant in Riverside that will supply parts for General Motors is on track to begin full production in January 2016.

Tutera Group, the Kansas City-based developer, said it recently completed “on time and on budget” the construction of a 275,560-square-foot industrial facility for Martinrea International Inc. Financial details about the construction project were not disclosed.

The plant — Martinrea’s first in Missouri — will manufacture welded, corrosion-resistent engine cradles and automotive assemblies for the nearby GM Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan. The expansion is expected to create about 300 jobs.

Martinrea, based in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, broke ground on the facility located on 15.2 acres at 5233 N.W. 41st St. last April. The company is currently beginning the installation and testing of robotics and other heavy equipment, said Greg Hoefer, executive vice president of real estate for Tutera.

Martinrea expects to begin full production next year on parts for the Chevrolet Malibu.

The Canadian company is considered a major supplier of aluminum and steel parts and is the second-largest metal former in North America based on revenue. It operates 38 plants in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Martinrea is scheduled to receive more than $3.2 million in tax credits and job training incentives from the state of Missouri.

The auto parts plant is the first manufacturing facility developed by the Tutera Group, which is known for retail, office, senior living and health care facilities nationwide.

“It was a highly complex project that required very tight coordination between contractors, engineers, GM and the manufacturers of Martinrea’s industrial machinery to meet an aggressive production schedule,” Hoefer said. Some of the equipment, Hoefer added, weighs more than one million pounds.

Tutera credited several other firms that assisted on the project: Lee & Associates, Davidson Architectural, CSF Engineering and Crossland Construction.

To reach Steve Rosen, call 816-234-4879 or send email to srosen@kcstar.com.

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