Automotive Manufacturing

In the last decade, the Kansas City region has seen significant economic investment from the automotive sector. Reinvestment in General Motors’ Fairfax, Kan. operation ($265 million in 2018 and $650 million in 2013), Ford’s Claycomo, Mo. facility ($100 million in 2021, $400 million in 2019 and $1.2 billion in 2011), and Ford's stamping plant in Liberty, Mo. ($101 million in 2020, $5.8 million in 2019 and $260 million in 2011) has resulted in a surge of interest and investment from automotive suppliers looking to the KC region for new facilities.

Kansas City has been named the #2 auto industry trading hub in North America by the Brookings Institution and employs more than 15,500 individuals in the auto industry. Ford’s KC plant has been cited as its most productive worldwide, producing the new Ford Transit Van and best-selling F-150 truck.

The Basics 


Employed in KC Manufacturing

JobsEQ, 1Q 2020
Note: Data represents KCADC 18-County Region


Employed in KC Transportation Manufacturing

JobsEQ, 1Q 2020
Note: Data represents KCADC 18-County region


Annual Automobiles Made in KC

Center for Automotive Research, 2019


Value of KC Transportation Manufacturing

2012 Economic Census

Existing Presence

Kansas City is a center for automotive manufacturing and activity as a host of prominent companies operate within the region. Some of these companies include, but are not limited to:

Workforce Demographics

Manufacturing workers in Kansas City are 9% more productive than the national average, as measured by JobsEQ in Q4 2019 for output per worker. Automotive transportation production workers in Kansas City have similar age and educational attainment characteristics as the national average. However, Kansas City's automotive manufacturing workforce is three percent younger on average than the aging U.S. automotive production workers.

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