The French car supplier Faurecia Group is building a new 250,000-square-foot interior manufacturing facility in Blue Springs, Missouri. The company will invest more than 60 million U.S. dollars (48.8 million euros) and is expected to create 300 new jobs.
The facility will be manufactured, assembled and dashboarded for the North American automotive industry. The company said it expects to begin production in early autumn and gradually achieve full production by the end of 2020.
The Faurecia spokesman Tony Sapienza said on February 21: "The construction of this facility has begun and will be fully launched in March."
The 25-acre facility is located east of Kansas City, about 30 minutes away. The Faurecia Group employs a total of 600 staff at Greenwood, Texarkwell, Missouri, and vehicle seating facilities at Wintersville.
At a news briefing on Feb. 15, Donald Hampton Jr., president of the Faurecia Group North American Interior Systems Company, said: "Faurecia is proud to be opening this new facility to provide new opportunities for local job seekers."
Faurecia Group North America is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. North American companies accounted for 26% of the parent company Faurecia Group's sales in 2017, with sales in the region of around 4.47 billion euros. The Faurecia Group employs a total of about 20,000 people in 47 locations in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
The Faurecia Group reports that the company had 2017 sales of nearly 17 billion euros. The company employs 100,000 staff in 35 countries around the world.