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No. 4 City for Manufacturing Job Growth
According to Forbes, KC is a top city for growth in manufacturing based on recent economic trends and a three percent increase in sector jobs since 2016.
Forbes, June 2017

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Best Cities for Jobs

Kansas City ranks No. 3 in Best Cities for Jobs by Glassdoor. Rankings were based on number of job openings, job satisfaction, median base salary and median home value.
Glassdoor, September 2017

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Jill McCarthy

Senior Executive | Corporate Attraction
816.374.5636
With more than 25 years of experience, Jill leads the business development team.

Manufacturing

The Kansas City region is at the forefront of a renaissance in American manufacturing. The KC region’s manufacturing industry is expected to grow by more than 7 percent by 2024, despite an almost 7 percent decrease nationwide. This regional activity is highlighted by over $1.5 billion in new investments by legacy American automakers Ford Motor Company and General Motors.

The Kansas City region is actively enhancing our regional and global manufacturing competitiveness. Kansas City is centrally located and boasts a diverse industry base. The region is supported by a robust supply-chain network and excellent transportation and logistics services.

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Employed in KC Manufacturing
77,000

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016 SAE
Value of KC Manufacturing
$40.5 bil.
2012 Economic Census
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Automotive Manufacturing

A recent study by the Brookings Institute listed the KC region as the second most important automotive center in the U.S. Already a $16 billion local industry, the Kansas City region has seen significant economic investment from the automotive sector. Reinvestment in General Motors’ Fairfax, Kansas, operation ($650 million) and Ford’s Claycomo, Missouri, facility ($1.2 billion) was most recently capped off with the first Transit van rolling off the line at the Ford Claycomo plant. This has resulted in a surge of interest and investment from automotive suppliers looking to the KC region for new facilities.

Food Manufacturing

Kansas City’s more than $5 billion food manufacturing industry continues to thrive with proximity to agriculture and markets, advanced logistics infrastructure and industry-specific talent. The 376 food manufacturers in KC take advantage of being in the heart of the U.S.’s agricultural region where major ingredients like flour, meat and milk products are readily available. Many well-known brands like General Mills, Bimbo, Hormel, Hiland Dairy and Hills Pet Nutrition are in the KC region paving the way for others to locate here like Daily’s Premium Meats and C.J. Foods.

Plastics Manufacturing

Plastics manufacturing is one of the fastest growing sectors in the KC region – seeing nearly 18 percent growth in the last three years. The KC region is home to a number of plastics dependent industries like automotive, food and packaging that use plastics to make many in-demand products. The region’s strategic North American location offers advanced logistics infrastructure and access to the global supply chain that attracted international companies like Logoplaste and Zhong Cheng Packaging to the KC area to join big names like Berry Plastics Corp. and Sonoco Plastics.

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