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

Niagara Bottling Looks at $216 Million Plant Expansion

Niagara Bottling LLC is considering buying a 637,368-square-foot speculative industrial building from VanTrust Real Estate, northwest of 112th Street and North Airworld Drive. The space would be used as a bottling facility specifically for flavored beverages. The Northland investment by… more

Reopening dates for metro Ford, GM plants pushed back


Merger approved for Kansas City-based Northern Genesis, vehicle manufacturer Lion Electric Co.

Northern Genesis Acquisition Corp. announced that its stockholders have approved a merger with The Lion Electric Co. Montreal-based Lion Electric, a maker of electric buses and vehicles, has been working since November 2020 on a merger with Northern Genesis. Northern Genesis… more

Metro Ford Motor Co. plant to remain closed through mid-May

A global parts shortage has forced Ford Motor Co. to temporarily close Kansas City’s biggest factory for at least a month. Nearly all of the 7,100 hourly employees at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo have been temporarily laid… more

KC area Ford, GM plants cut production once again amid continuing chip shortage

The global shortage of semiconductors has forced General Motors and Ford to further cut production at their North American factories as chip supplies seem to be growing tighter. The shutdowns likely will affect dealer inventory of vehicles made at the… more

Liberty Logistics Center adds growing Kansas City tenant

One of The Scarbrough Group's business units will start operations this summer at a new industrial facility in Liberty. Scarbrough Warehousing announced it will move into 226,000 Class A square feet within Liberty Logistics Center, a 62.42-acre industrial park at… more

Shuttlewagon to sell with parent company for $400M

A Pittsburgh-based railroad industry supplier announced its plans to acquire Nordco in a $400 million deal. Nordco Inc., which owns both Kansas City manufacturer Shuttlewagon and Nordco Rail Services and Inspection Technologies, formerly Dapco Technologies of Lee's Summit, employs about… more