On February 15, the Kansas City Area Development Council announced that Faurecia, a leading automotive technology company, plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Blue Springs, Missouri. This 250,000 square foot facility is estimated to cost around $60 million. Faurecia will construct its facility on a 25-acre parcel on the north side of Interstate 70 in Blue Springs. By utilizing the latest technology in the automotive industry, Faurecia will use its new plant to manufacture and assemble door and instrument panels for vehicles.
The company has a large customer base in the Kansas City metro area, which is one of the reasons they chose to build this facility in Blue Springs. Additionally, they chose Kansas City because of the highly skilled workforce that is familiar with the manufacturing and automotive industry. Faurecia is expecting to create at least 300 new jobs by opening this manufacturing facility.
Kansas City is recognized as the country’s second largest auto hub. Chris Gutierrez, president of KC SmartPort, said in a recent interview, “Kansas City is an attractive location for manufacturers because of the region’s competitive transportation costs, reducing production expenses, as well as our skilled workforce and central U.S. location.”
“Faurecia is proud to open this new site and to provide new opportunities for local job seekers,” said Donald Hampton, Jr., president of Faurecia Interiors in North America. “The Kansas City metro and the Blue Springs area are known for being a source of excellence in American manufacturing and we’re looking forward to building on that expertise and skill set as we continue to provide the very best to our customers.”