Full-time job seekers with experience in automotive manufacturing will find this new business partnership interesting.
In April, it was announced that Adrian Steel would be opening a space at the Hunt Midwest Center. The 32,000-square-foot space will sit on 11 acres. This news also functions as a notable announcement for job seekers in this industry, as it will bring 39 jobs to the area. The jobs involve building parts for a new Ford Transit van.
“Ford is manufacturing a Transit commercial van which requires customization, so Ford builds the basic van, sends it to Adrian Steel to customize, and they send it back to Ford and on to the customer,” says Kansas City Area Development Council CEO and President Bob Marcusse.
|Image courtesy of Adrian Steel.|
Customization is required for vehicles such as delivery and handicap-accessible vehicles. It is often taken for granted that these pieces can just be added from the start, but specialized professionals are best suited to expertly add these types of parts to the basic vehicle. The 39 new hires for Adrian Steel will be hard at work building these extra components and attaching them to Ford structures.
“That was the main factor for Adrian Steel to make the move to Kansas City,” Marcusse says. “Ford’s plant is located in Claycomo, so it made sense for Adrian Steel to be located here. Ford can easily send over the van and Adrian Steel can send it back without big transportation costs.”
This places Kansas City in a position to experience the rebirth of the auto industry firsthand. Back in 2008, major auto industry heads were on display in Washington, D.C., confronting their financial perils. Ford was noticeably absent. Remaining strong throughout an era of struggle in the auto industry has led Ford to a certain level of success today, and Adrian Steel is not the only company planning on working alongside Ford.
“Adrian Steel is one of many companies who will be doing work with Ford, so more and more will move here in order to be close in proximity too,” Marcusse says.
Overall, this is a good story for Kansas City’s auto industry and general business community. Companies working alongside larger firms provide an opportunity for more jobs and companies to come to the area. Further, it is worthwhile to pay attention to older industries like the auto industry in the area undergoing revival.