Advanced Manufacturing in Platte County

Here’s a snapshot of some of our existing advanced manufacturers:

DeLaval is the worldwide leader in milking equipment for dairy farmers, making sustainable food production possible by ensuring milk quality and animal health. DeLaval provides integrated solutions designed to improve dairy producers’ production, animal welfare and overall quality of life. The Kansas City, Platte County location has been open since 1981 and currently employs 102 people. The facility is 169,000 SF.

Exide Technologies is a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets. Exide’s 129 years of technology innovation combined with operations in more than 80 countries enables the company to deliver compelling solutions for the world’s current and future power needs. Exide produces and recycles a broad range of products, serving the Transportation, Industrial Power and Motive Power market segments with battery and energy storage systems and specialty applications for a broad range of industries.

Exide Technologies will create up to 50 jobs in its new $35 million punched grid manufacturing facility and distribution center in the KCI Corridor. The 180,000 square foot facility opened in mid-2017 and has the capacity to produce over 3 billion grids per year for use in Exide’s transportation products. Kansas City was chosen as the ideal location for Exide’s new facility given its proximity to key Exide customers and access to an experienced local workforce.

Haldex provides innovative brake solutions to the global commercial vehicle industry, with focus on enhanced safety, environment and vehicle dynamics. Haldex develops and manufactures brake systems for heavy trucks, trailers and buses. The product offering covers all primary components and subsystems. Haldex’s facility in the KCI Corridor employs 110 people.

Johnson Controls, a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems, door and instrument panels and interior electronics for motor vehicles. With advanced manufacturing capabilities, Adient supports all major automakers. Complete seat systems for Ford and General Motors are produced at the company’s state-of-the-art facility in Riverside, which opened in 2011. Johnson Controls currently employs 620.

KC Sausage opened its sausage manufacturing facility with 18 employees and it has since grown to 175 employees with 200 required during peak periods. The company recently added two more production lines, a blast freezer and more employee areas. The company’s footprint also grew 33,000 SF with recent expansions. KC Sausage currently produces 35 million pounds of product for three main customers: Wal-Mart, Save-A-Lot, and Smithfield.

In mid-2015, Kansas City Manufacturing Co moved into the 351,520-square-foot Logistics Centre II building at the KCI Intermodal BusinessCentre. The Kansas City Manufacturing plant in Kansas City is a Tier 1 automotive manufacturer that produces modular assemblies and engineered metal stampings. Kansas City Manufacturing currently employs 500 people, and is headquartered in Walker, Michigan as Challenge Manufacturing.

Marlen International is recognized as a leading provider of innovative food processing equipment for a variety of products including: meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruit, bakery, confectionery, snacks and dairy goods. Marlen products are sold in many countries under the brand names Marlen and Carruthers and are used for dicing, grinding, slicing, shredding, chilling and cooking food. Prior to moving to its new Riverside facility in March 2013, the company had locations in Overland Park, Kansas, Hutchison, Kansas, and Astoria, Oregon. Manufacturing and Operations from all three facilities were consolidated into the new Riverside location. Marlen employs nearly 100 people at its 88,000 square foot headquarters facility.

Martinrea opened in Riverside in 2015 and currently employs 290 people. The state-of-the art assembly and distribution facility manufactures engine cradles and rear suspension cradles for the Chevy Malibu assembled at the GM Fairfax plant. Martinrea International employs over 14,000 people in 44 plants in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

In December 2015, McCormick Distilling started making bourbon for the first time in 30 years.  The distillery now has 180 employees after adding 30 new jobs due to its expansion. The 160-year old distillery in Weston is one of the oldest distilleries in the US. Holladay opened in 1856 and the company’s products are available across the US and in 78 countries. The original stillhouse from 1856 has been restored and has new distillation equipment for modern-day bourbon making. The structures of the barrel warehouses were reinforced and the bottle shop expansion is now complete.

Nitto Automotive, Inc.’s Kansas City, Missouri facility is a manufacturer of acoustical, structural, and sealant products primarily for the automotive industry. Its Riverside facility opened in 2013. Operating mainly as a Tier I supplier, their products can be found on a wide variety of Big 3 and Foreign Transplant made vehicles. Nitto Denko employs 50 people.

US Farathane moved into its 222,000 SF in the Horizons Business Park in Riverside in 2015. The light processing and distribution center in Riverside supplies nearby Ford and GM and its key product is a heat reducing foam/plastic liner that goes in the engine compartment. The company currently operates 2/47 and employs 220 people in Platte County.

In early 2015, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors opened its new 258,000 SF manufacturing facility in Riverside. Yanfeng Automotive Interiors currently has 1025 employees and its runs three shifts, seven days a week. Yanfeng’s Riverside facility manufactures full cockpits in addition to injection-molded plastic parts such as door panels, instrument panels, and floor consoles. The Platte County location is Yanfeng’s third in the US and first outside Michigan.

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