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Gov. Nixon proclaims Oct. 4 Manufacturing Day in Missouri

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED OCTOBER 4, 2013 BY THE OFFICE OF MISSOURI GOVERNOR JAY NIXON

Gov. Nixon highlights Missouri’s resurgent manufacturing industry on Manufacturing Day

Gov. Nixon proclaims Oct. 4 Manufacturing Day in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY—Gov. Jay Nixon has proclaimed Oct. 4 as be Manufacturing Day in Missouri, recognizing one of the state’s key industries and its role in growing the economy. Missouri’s Manufacturing Day is held in concurrence with National Manufacturing Day.

“As a cornerstone of Missouri’s economy, manufacturing has been top priority of my administration from Day One,” said Gov. Nixon. “Manufacturing helped build our economy and advanced manufacturing was one of the sectors identified by our Strategic Initiative as having the greatest potential to create jobs and drive Missouri’s economy forward. Today, with significant investments by global brands and small firms alike, Missouri’s manufacturing industry is firing on all cylinders. I am pleased to join manufacturers across the state in highlighting the importance of this industry, and its workforce, on Manufacturing Day.”

Gov. Nixon has made revitalizing Missouri’s manufacturing industry, which employs nearly a quarter of a million Missourians, a top priority. In the summer of 2010, the Governor called a special session of the General Assembly to pass the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act, a package of strategic incentives to attract next-generation automotive manufacturing to the state. Advanced manufacturing was also identified by the Governor’s Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth as one of the most promising areas for growth in the future.

As a result, Missouri continues to see growth in this sector. Last year, CNN Money wrote, “Move over Detroit. The big guns of manufacturing have turned sweet on Missouri.” So far this year, 27 manufacturers have announced new or increased investments in Missouri, including CertainTeed and Leggett & Platt. In addition, Missouri’s automotive manufacturing industry continues to make national headlines for its significant growth. In January 2011, Ford Motor Company committed to retaining the nearly 4,000 jobs at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo. In October of that year, Ford confirmed plans to invest $1.1 billion and create 1,600 new jobs at the facility as part of a historic expansion that includes construction of a new stamping plant and production of the Ford Transit Van, previously built only overseas. This past May, Ford announced that it would hire an additional 900 workers in Claycomo for a third shift of F-150 production. In November 2011, General Motors announced plans to create more than 1,600 jobs and invest $380 million to bring production of the newly-redesigned Colorado pickup to Wentzville and support demand for its existing vehicles. In June of this year, GM announced an additional $133 million investment at the facility to add a third stamping press.

Missouri’s growing automotive industry has helped spark a parallel resurgence by automotive suppliers across the state. In August, Toyota Bodine announced an expansion of its manufacturing plant in Troy. In May, Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems, an industry leader in interior component supplies, announced plans for a $45 million facility that will create 263 new jobs in Riverside. In June, one of the world's largest manufacturers of chrome-plated plastic auto parts, SRG Global, announced a $4.2 million capital investment in its plant in Portageville. In addition, Adrian Steel is constructing a new manufacturing plant in Kansas City to support Ford's Claycomo Plant. These announcements followed expansions last year by suppliers around the state, including LMV Automotive, TG Missouri, Henniges Automotive and Spartan Light Metal Products.

National Manufacturing Day is an annual event promoted by four national associations, including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), to publically promote a greater understanding and appreciation for the growing manufacturing industry in America.

For more information on Missouri’s advanced manufacturing industry visit MO.gov

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