Gov. Nixon, GM Officials And Local Autoworkers Celebrate The Rollout Of New Missouri-Made Trucks In Wentzville

October marks the fourth anniversary of the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act and thousands of jobs created as a result, Gov. Nixon says.

WENTZVILLE, MO – Gov. Jay Nixon today joined General Motors executives, UAW leaders, local autoworkers and auto-dealers at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Wentzville for the launch of the Missouri-made, new mid-size trucks, the 2015 GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado.  The Governor said the rollout marks another milestone in Missouri’s automotive comeback, facilitated by the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act, which went into effect four years ago this week.

“Four years ago, we set out to lead the comeback of the American auto industry, and led we have,” Gov. Nixon said. “Since I called the legislature into a special session to pass the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act, global automotive leaders like GM have not just kept their plants open – they have expanded them dramatically, creating thousands of jobs for Missouri autoworkers and suppliers across our state.  Today’s launch of these next-generation trucks marks another triumphant moment for this region, its workers, and Missouri’s continuing automotive success story.”

Gov. Nixon has made revitalizing the auto industry a top priority of his administration. Following the creation of an Automotive Jobs Task Force on his first full day in office and numerous trips to Detroit to meet with the leadership of Ford and GM, Gov. Nixon called the state Legislature into special session in 2010 to pass the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act, which contained new incentives specifically geared to Missouri auto manufacturers and suppliers. The bill went into effect on October 12, 2010.

As a result of these efforts, Missouri’s automotive manufacturing industry has rebounded. Ford and General Motors are investing a combined $1.5 billion and creating thousands of jobs to produce all-new next-generation vehicles at their facilities in Claycomo and Wentzville.

A report released yesterday by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center found that employment at Missouri automobile plants and suppliers will increase to nearly 14,000 by 2015 and result in the creation of more than 21,100 in-direct jobs all across the state.

“Today’s launch is a great testament to the talent and expertise of the workers here in Wentzville and the strong partnership we’ve built with the state of Missouri,” said Nancy Laubenthal, Plant Manager of General Motors Wentzville Assembly.

In 2011, the GM announced a plan to invest $380 million and create 1,660 new jobs to produce a new mid-size pickup and support demand for their existing vehicles.  Last year, General Motors announced plans to add a third stamping press to the facility with an additional $133 million investment.  Last month, officials announced that GM will add a third shift at its Wentzville location, creating an estimated 750 new jobs.  This third shift will help with the production of the all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups and Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans.

“No other country can compete with the talent and dedication of American autoworkers,” said Gary Jones, UAW Region 5 Director. “The decision by GM to invest in Missouri and build these trucks here is a testament to the top-notch workforce in the Show-Me State. We greatly appreciate Gov. Nixon’s commitment and perseverance in bringing this industry back from the brink, and ensuring good jobs for thousands of Missouri’s working families.”

Missouri has also seen strong growth among automotive suppliers including Grupo Antolin, Janesville Acoustics, Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems, SRG Global, Adrian Steel, Toyota Bodine and Martinrea Riverside LLC, which have all announced plans to invest and expand in the Show-Me State over the past eighteen months.