Aerospace Engineering Firm Butler National Acquires KC Machine

Posted October 3, 2023 New Century-based Butler National Corp. announced Monday the acquisition of KC Machine. Butler National states the KC Machine mirrors the company’s own values as well as its production. “The KC Machine acquisition brings significant synergy to… more

United Auto Workers Expands Strike; Progress Made With Ford

Posted September 25, 2023 The United Auto Workers union expanded its strike on Friday, adding about 5,600 workers to the 12,700 workers currently on strike, as negotiations with the Big Three; General Motors, Ford and Stellantis, continue as the strike… more

UAW Strike: GM Warns Of Possible Layoffs At KCK Manufacturer

Posted September 18, 2023 Updated September 22, 2023 General Motors says a Kansas City, Kansas auto manufacturer could experience layoffs due to the ongoing United Auto Workers strike, citing the shutdown of the Wentzville, Missouri plant as a critical factor.… more

United Auto Workers Union Threatens To Strike This Week

Posted September 11, 2023 The United Auto Workers union, which represents about 146,000 U.S. auto workers, could go on strike if wage increases and worker demands are not met. Shawn Fain, president of the United Auto Workers union, said he… more

Garmin to Acquire Audio Solutions Manufacturer, JL Audio

Posted August 8, 2023 Olathe-based Garmin Ltd. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire JL Audio, a privately-held U.S. company that designs and manufactures audio solutions for multiple automotive markets. The completion of this acquisition is expected… more

EV Component Manufacturer Selects KC For Its North American HQ

Posted August 2, 2023 Cnano Technology USA, Inc. announced Wednesday plans to invest $94.7 million in a 333,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at the Commerce Center, bringing 112 jobs to the facility and $7.1 million in payroll. The new facility will produce… more

Panasonic Partners With UK Battery Supplier For Advanced Materials

Posted July 25, 2023 Panasonic and United Kingdom-based Nexeon entered into an agreement in that Nexeon will supply the De Soto battery plant with a special material used in developing electric vehicles (EV), the companies announced Monday The special material… more

Panasonic in DeSoto: And So It Begins . . .

Gov. Laura Kelly and Lt. Gov. David Toland flanked Kazuo Tadanobu, president and CEO of Panasonic Energy of North America, and other dignitaries as the dirt began to fly on the battery-plant construction site.   Public officials, local dignitaries, economic-development… more

Kansas Wins Battle for Panasonic Plant

Gov. Laura Kelly confirmed that Kansas has landed the Big One: Panasonic's $4 billion manufacturing plant that will produce batteries for electric vehicles. Her office confirmed a report in Nikkei Asia that Kansas had edged out Oklahoma in the fierce… more

Ford to Invest $95 Million in KC, Adding 1,100 Jobs

Ford Motor Co. announced this morning that it would invest $95 million to establish a third shift at Kansas City Assembly Plant, increasing production of the Transit van series--a move the company says will add 1,100 union jobs at one… more