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05 October 2011

Nolte: Manufacturing Jobs Act Helps Expand Employment in the Kansas City Area

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Last year in Special Session, the Missouri Legislature passed the Manufacturing Jobs Act sponsored by Rep. Jerry Nolte, R-Gladstone, which is designed to retain and create jobs in the manufacturing sector. Yesterday Ford Motor Company announced that it will make a $1.1 billion investment in the Claycomo assembly plant. Nolte praised the proposed agreement made between the automobile manufacturer and the United Auto Workers that will create approximately 1,600 more jobs in addition to the 3,800 currently at the plant for a total of 5,400 jobs. That figure does not include the additional jobs created by area suppliers.

“These are not just numbers, but thousands of families who will have the opportunity to have good-paying jobs,” said Nolte. “This is a huge step forward for Kansas City and for the state of Missouri. To see Ford make an even bigger investment in the plant and bring even more jobs to the area gives us a strong sign that we are on the right track with our economic development efforts.” The $1.1 billion investment represents a nearly threefold increase over the $400 million originally anticipated.

The Manufacturing Jobs Act sponsored by Nolte allows qualified automobile and transportation manufacturers and their suppliers to retain a percentage of their withholding taxes when creating or retaining certain jobs. Nolte indicated the legislation can be deemed a huge success now that Ford has decided not only to keep jobs at the plant but to expand the workforce significantly.

“Ford’s decision represents a massive investment that will provide a generation of good-paying jobs with benefits,” said Nolte. “We’ve seen so many people work so hard to reach this point and I’m proud to have played my part in the process. This is truly a win for Missouri workers and their families.” The plan only awaits approval by the UAW.

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