French automotive supplier Faurecia is building a new 250,000-square-foot interiors production facility in Blue Springs, Missouri. The company is investing more than $60m (€48.8m) in the project, which is expected to create 300 new jobs.
The plant will be used to manufacture and assemble door and instrument panels for the North American auto industry. The company said production should begin in early fall, gradually ramping up to full production by the end of 2020.
“Construction [on the facility] has begun, but will gear up fully in March,” Tony Sapienza, a spokesman for Faurecia, said in a 21 Feb email.
The 25-acre site for the building is about 30 minutes east of Kansas City. Faurecia currently employs 600 in Missouri at its clean mobility facility in Dexter and automotive seating facility in Wentzville.
“Faurecia is proud to open this new site and to provide new opportunities for local jobseekers,” Donald Hampton Jr., president of Faurecia Interior Systems Inc. in North America, said in a 15 Feb news release.
Faurecia has North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. In 2017, North America made up 26% of parent company Faurecia SA’s sales, totalling roughly €4.47bn for the region. Faurecia employs an estimated 20,000 people at 47 locations across Canada, Mexico and the US.
Faurecia SA, headquartered in Nanterre, France, reported sales of nearly €17bn for 2017. Globally, the company employs 100,000 across 35 countries.