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Ford Motor Company Receives Governor’s Award at KC Luncheon

Governor Jay Nixon recognized Ford Motor Company with the Governor’s Business Project of the Year Award on September 18.  The award was accepted by Len Deluca, Director of Commercial Truck Sales and Marketing and Todd Jaranowski, Stamping Plant Launch Manager, on behalf of the Ford Motor Company at the Annual Joint Luncheon of the Clay County Economic Development Council, Platte County Economic Development Council and the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce.  AIM President Ray McCarty also attended the event.

The award recognizes the $1.1 billion investment by Ford in retooling the Kansas City Assembly Plant to produce the Transit van, along with an integrated stamping plant.  Governor Nixon toured the new stamping plant which is currently under construction in Liberty, MO.  “The Governor’s award emphasizes the importance of the Manufacturing Jobs Act in preserving current jobs and creating new jobs in the auto manufacturing sector in Missouri,” said Ray McCarty.  “Associated Industries of Missouri formed strong partnerships with other interested parties to help pass the bill in a special legislative session and we are pleased to see the real life impact of the bill on the lives of current and future employees in the Kansas City area.”  The retooled plant and stamping facility will result in the retention and addition of thousands of jobs in the Kansas City area.

The Governor also recognized General Motors in a previous ceremony for the investment GM has announced at the Wentzville plant that is also expected to result in the addition of thousands of manufacturing jobs.  “These capital investments and jobs created and retained in Missouri facilities help every business in Missouri,” said McCarty.

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