Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant
|Kansas City Assembly|
|Region||Clay County, Missouri|
|Area||4,736,651 sq ft (440,049 m2)|
|Owner||Ford Motor Company|
|Employees||3,700 at 2010|
|Land Area||1,259 acres (1.967 sq mi)|
The Ford Motor Company's Kansas City Assembly plant in Claycomo, Missouri is a large automotive manufacturing plant, which has been called the largest car manufacturing plant in the United States in terms of units produced. Fortune Magazine noted that in 2004 it was producing 490,000 units a year generating a buzz that it produces "a truck a minute."
The plant is about 10 miles (16 km) northeast of the Kansas City, Missouri city center. Since its opening in 1951, the Ford Claycomo Plant, as many in the Kansas City area call it, has generated thousands of jobs, millions of tax dollars for the otherwise minor suburb, and is the largest tax generator in Clay County, Missouri, most of which fund North Kansas City and Liberty schools.
The KCAP opened in 1951 for military production. Converted to auto assembly in 1956, it began production as a Ford assembly plant in 1957. Previously, the plant assembled the Country Squire Station Wagon, Falcon, Comet, Fairlane, Meteor, Maverick, Fairmont, Zephyr, Tempo, Topaz, Contour, Mystique, as well as light trucks.
The 4,700,000-square-foot (440,000 m2) on 1,270 acres (5.1 km2) facility employs approx. 6,000 people including the new stamping plant for the Ford Transit to begin production in the winter of 2013. Plant tours were discontinued on September 12, 2001 due to the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks. In 2006, the plant tours were brought back to the public since many visitors criticized the plant for not bringing back the tours.
The KCAP is responsible for building the popular F-150 (Ford F-Series). In December 2010 Ford announced it was moving the Ford Escape and Ford Escape Hybrid to the Louisville Assembly Plant, which is undergoing $600 million in renovations. The move stirred fears that it could result in the loss of half the jobs at the 3,700-person plant.
Missouri had been anticipating changes at the plant. In 2010 it passed the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act providing tax incentives for companies that invest in plants in the state by allowing them to keep employee withholding taxes. While the bill would benefit all industrial businesses it was specifically targeting the plant and was introduced by Jerry Nolte, whose district includes the plant. Ford could save $150 million over 10 years if it invests in the plant. The bill had been the subject of a filibuster by United States Senate candidate Chuck Purgason who objected to the favoritism extended to Ford and read aloud sections of Allan W. Eckert's The Frontiersman into the record.
A day after the announcement of the move of the Escape, Ford said a yet to be announced line would replace the Escape. In 2011, Ford said it would spend $1.1 billion on additions and upgrades, including a new stamping plant. In 2012, it was announced that the plant would be the North American lead production site for the new Ford Transit, set to replace the Ford E-Series from 2014.
- One Truck A Minute Ford's Kansas City factory builds more vehicles than any other assembly plant in the country. Here's how it gets it done. - Fortune Magazine -April 5, 2004
- St. Louis Business Journal - by James Dornbrook (2010-03-14). "Ford to move Escape work from Missouri | St. Louis Business Journal". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2010-12-10.