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AIM’s Manufacturing Jobs Act continues to produce for Missouri

A Missouri-based parts supplier announces more automotive industry jobs for Missouri in the wake of  Associated Industries of Missouri’s “Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act of 2010”.

The latest example is Spartan Light Metal Products, an automotive parts supplier, which will break ground on an expansion to its existing facility in Mexico, Mo. It will create 88 new jobs and a capital investment of $17 million to purchase new equipment and retool the company’s growing facility.

Spartan will use a combination of strategic state incentives that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria. The company is the latest auto industry-related business to announce an expansion or relocation to Missouri to take advantage of the climate created by the passage of AIM’s “Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act of 2010”, sponsored in the legislature by former State Rep. Jerry Nolte. The act was the centerpiece of the 2010 special session of the Missouri General Assembly.

It has been used to attract and keep high paying jobs in the automotive industry in such places as the Ford plant in Claycomo and the General Motors plant in Wentzville. The auto giants have poured more than $1.5 billion into their facilities and created thousands of jobs to produce next-generation vehicles in Missouri.

In addition to the “Big 3” automakers, several suppliers for those plants have sprung up or expanded in Missouri since the passage of the Act. Spartan is just the latest in a group that includes Martinrea Riverside LLC, LMV Automotive Systems, Janesville Accoustics, Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems, Toyota Bodine, and Grupo Antolin. All have announced plans to invest and/or expand in Missouri over the past year.

“We are very excited to be expanding our facility in the city of Mexico, allowing us to increase our capacity and support our growing customers’ needs,” said Ted Waltemate, Vice President of Operations for Spartan Light Metal Products in Mexico. Making another investment in this facility shows Spartan’s continued commitment to its customers and employees, their families and the community.

Spartan is headquartered in St. Louis. It also has plants in Hannibal and Sparta, Il, as well as technical offices in Detroit, Tokyo and Landstuhl, Germany.

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