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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon talks resurgence of the state's auto industry

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"It's a pattern we're seeing in every corner of our state, up and down the automotive assembly line," said Governor Jay Nixon. 

Four years ago, the state of Missouri was losing auto industry jobs, said the governor. Now, it's creating them.

"Manufacturing more product, which all adds up for more jobs for missourians here in the region."

The governor spoke of a resurgence while touring Leggett & Platt in Carthage, a company that designs and make components for two all-Missouri-made vehicles.

Since 2011, the company has invested almost 10 million dollars in expanding its facilities and technologies, much of which is used for automobiles.  

This has resulted in more full-time jobs.

"Different types of employment," said Ross Turner, Leggett & Platt. "No we have robot mechanics, controls engineers, people that have to take care of that technology."

Used car salesman Cliff Kennell says Missouri's auto industry on the sales side has also been on the rise.


But he says new technology  does lead to pricier products for consumers.  

"Used stuff is so high and that's because of the price of the new product," said Cliff Kennell of Kennel Motors in Carthage.

Overall, Governor Nixon says the light at the end of the road for all car-related jobs is shining brighter in Missouri.

"Show about a $15 billion net benefit to GEP over the next fives years and as many as 60 parts suppliers throughout the state adding strength because of it so it's had a really significant effect," said Governor Nixon.

He says ford and general motors are investing more than $1.5 billion in its Missouri facilities as a result of efforts to revitalize the industry


Prior to the tour, the governor visited the GM plant in Wentzville, Missouri for the launch of the all-new, all-Missouri-made GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado


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