Gov. Jay Nixon will travel to Detroit today for the annual North American International Auto Show, where he will meet with leaders of General Motors, Ford Motor Co., and other leading auto manufacturers and suppliers.
“From historic investments by Ford and GM to significant expansions at auto suppliers in every corner of our state, Missouri continues to lead the rebirth of the American auto industry,” Gov. Nixon said. “I look forward to meeting with industry leaders in Detroit this week as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure this vital industry continues to prosper and create jobs in Missouri.”
The Governor and members of his economic development team have made a number of trips to Michigan to maintain close relationships with the nation’s top automobile manufacturers and suppliers. These relationships, along with the bi-partisan Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act signed by the Governor in 2010, played a pivotal role in decisions by Ford and GM to invest a combined $1.5 billion in their respective Missouri plants and create thousands of jobs in the Show-Me State.
Missouri’s strong auto-supplier network also continues to strengthen and expand. Since the Governor’s most recent trip to Detroit last year, several automotive-parts suppliers have announced plans to expand and create jobs in Missouri including LMV Automotive Systems in Liberty, Spartan Light Metal Products in Mexico, TG Missouri in Perryville and Henniges Automotive in New Haven.
Missouri’s gains in manufacturing have garnered national attention. In its most recent listing of the 10 Most Entrepreneurial States, CNN Money said of Missouri and its number six ranking, “Move over, Detroit. The big guns of manufacturing have turned sweet on Missouri – and GM, Ford and even Boeing are opening or expanding factories here.”
About the North American International Auto Show
Now in its 25th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter most – up close and in one place. Administered by Executive Director Rod Alberts, the NAIAS is one of the largest media events in North America, and the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world.