Chinese Automotive Supplier to Build $45M Manufacturing Facility in Kansas City

Yanfeng USA to provide interior components for General Motors; plans to create 263 jobs

Apr 26, 2013, 12:04 ET from Kansas City Area Development Council

RIVERSIDE, Mo., April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kansas City Area Development Council announced today that Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems will construct a new 258,000 square-foot manufacturing plant in the Kansas City area.  The Michigan-based subsidiary of Yanfeng Visteon of China, a General Motors supplier, plans to build the $45 million manufacturing and sequencing facility and expects to create 263 new jobs.

"Missouri offers Yanfeng USA an excellent business climate from which to serve our automotive customers, and we are excited to join the state's strong community of automotive companies," said David Wang, President of Yanfeng USA. "We appreciate the support and assistance from the state of Missouri, the Kansas City region, and the City of Riverside throughout our year-long process of selecting a new location for this facility."

The company's Riverside plant will manufacture interior trim components, including door panels, floor consoles and instrument panels for General Motors' assembly plants in Kansas City, Kan., and Wentzville, Mo. Construction on the facility is expected to begin in the next month, and the plant is expected to be operational in early 2014. 

"Our Kansas City region is seeing significant job creation from automotive industry suppliers due to the massive reinvestment from our local auto manufacturers including Ford and GM," said Bob Marcusse, president and CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council. "Investment from Yanfeng USA offers further evidence that our region can compete in a global marketplace as a formidable business and lifestyle destination."

The Kansas City area is home to large-scale manufacturing operations for both GM and Ford, which have expanded to become the region's largest manufacturing employers. Greater Kansas City's manufacturing assets include a robust supply-chain network and excellent transportation and logistics services.   

The Kansas City Area Development Council and the State of Missouri worked together with the City of Riverside, Missouri Partnership, Platte County Economic Development Council, NorthPoint Development, KCP&L, CBRE Group, Inc., Missouri Gas Energy and KC SmartPort to bring Yanfeng USA to the Kansas City area.

Founded in 1994, Yanfeng Visteon has more than 90 production facilities worldwide and exports products to 16 countries.

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SOURCE Kansas City Area Development Council