Missouri’s automotive industry is firing on all cylinders

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Missouri’s automotive industry is firing on all cylinders

Earning blue ribbons is our business in the Show-Me State. And now, we are making that statement hold true in the auto world. 

The Ford plant in Claycomo produces America’s best-selling van the Ford Transit (GoodCarBadCar), and the top-selling Ford F-150 (Motor Trend). The General Motors plant in Wentzville manufactures the Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, as well as the top-ranked Chevy Colorado (2016 Motor Trend Truck of the Year) and GMC Canyon (2015 Best of the Best Truck Finalist, Auto Week).  

Last year’s production numbers show that Missouri-made vehicles are in demand and more popular than ever. Production numbers, sales figures and exports all point to the same conclusion: the world is buying and driving an increasing number of vehicles made in the Show-Me State.  

In 2016, total production at these Missouri plants jumped 15 percent. Additionally, output increased by 98,835 vehicles from 2015 to 2016, with a total of nearly 750,000 cars produced in the Show-Me State.  

According to Auto Alliance, Missouri’s auto industry accounted for $7.31 billion in sales in the year 2016. And our Missouri-made vehicles are now on driveways around the world. According to the latest export figures, transportation equipment was the top commodity, and sales increased 33 percent from 2015 to 2016, from $1.4 to $1.7 billion.   


Revving up

 Historic investments by Ford and GM created a domino effect on Missouri’s auto industry, with automotive plant and after-market product suppliers also launching expansions across the state. In fact, in recent years dozens of suppliers have invested nearly $2.3 billion in new or upgraded facilities. 

Just last year, Dana Light Axle Products announced plans to expand its manufacturing plant in Columbia, where it currently produces parts for major auto manufacturers including Ford, GM and Nissan. The company’s $39 million expansion is expected to create 135 new jobs over the next few years. 

Made in Missouri muscle 

Even the most well-oiled machine cannot work unless it’s put together properly. More and more auto companies are realizing when it comes to tapping into the best auto workforce, there’s no place like Missouri.  

More than a quarter-of-a-million highly skilled and trained Missourians are employed in the manufacturing industry, and are ready to help auto companies take their vehicles to the next level. 

Missouri’s competitive business environment and central location, combined with the skills of our top-notch workforce, continue to position the state as a premier destination for automotive manufacturing. The rebirth of the auto industry is happening right here.  

If you’re ready to take us for a spin, visit the Missouri Auto Portal to learn more about tailored resources for everything auto. 

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