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Manufacturing Thrives in KC

by Mary Rooney | Jun 06, 2023

The Kansas City market is a national hub for manufacturing. The region’s $45 billion manufacturing industry includes more than 2,400 companies in the automotive, food & beverage, plastics, animal health and multiple other sectors.

Recent manufacturing announcements in the Kansas City region include:

  • Ford Motor Co. recently shared it will add a third crew to the Kansas City assembly plant to increase production of the best-selling Transit and E-Transit vans.

  • DSM, a global purpose-led health and nutrition company, plans to build a next-generation nutritional premix plant for the pet food industry in Tonganoxie, Kansas.

  • Panasonic Energy initiated construction on one of the largest electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing facilities of its kind in the U.S. in the KC region. The plant is expected to start production in 2025

The region has 112,600 manufacturing jobs, and manufacturing workers in Kansas City are 15% more productive than the national average based on output per worker, as measured by JobsEQ in Q4 2022.

Kansas City is actively enhancing its regional and global manufacturing competitiveness. With a central location and a diverse industry base, the region is supported by a robust supply-chain network and excellent transportation and logistics services. 

Kansas City is a move-in ready market with available Class A building inventory and a strong selection of vertical-ready sites. Over the past 10 years the Kansas City market delivered more than 65.5 million sq. ft. of new industrial space. A total of 45.1 million sq. ft. (69%) was delivered on a speculative basis and 20.4 million sq. ft. (31%) was developed as part of build-to-suit projects. 

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