Auto supplier breaks ground on facility expansion in Mexico

August 22, 2014

MEXICO, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) today announced that Spartan Light Metal Products, an automotive supplier, will break ground on an expansion to its facility in Audrain County. The auto supplier’s expansion project includes the creation of 88 new jobs and a capital investment of $17 million to purchase new equipment and retool the companies growing facility.  

“Spartan’s decision to deepen its roots in Missouri is another testament that we have what it takes to lead the nation in the rebirth of the automotive industry,” says Mike Downing, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. “I’m proud to see more and more auto companies investing in the Show-Me State and benefitting from our highly skilled workforce and a competitive environment that helps them succeed and grow.”  

Spartan Light Metal Products is a family owned aluminum and magnesium die cast manufacturing company with expertise in machining & assembly as well as design & analysis. As a global leader in light metal technology, Spartan provides engineered solutions and products to major automotive manufacturers such as Toyota, Ford, GM, Honda, and Volkswagen as well as to other commercial companies including Hydro-Gear. Spartan ships its complex cast, machined, and assembled products to locations throughout the country and to international markets. 

“We are very excited to be expanding our facility in the city of Mexico, allowing us to increase our capacity and support our growing customers’ needs,” says Ted Waltemate, VP of Operations in Mexico. “Making another investment in this facility shows Spartan’s continued commitment to its customers and employees, their families, and the community.”

Headquartered in St. Louis and founded in 1961 in Sparta, Ill., Spartan opened up the plant in Mexico, Mo., in 1995 where it currently employs a workforce of 300. The company plans to add 68,000 sq ft to its existing facility of which 58,000 sq ft will be dedicated to the manufacturing of two new engine components for Toyota vehicles. The larger space will also be up-fitted with new equipment, allowing the company to increase its capacity and casting capability. The new addition is expected to be completed and operational September of 2015.

Spartan also has manufacturing plants in Sparta, Ill., and Hannibal, Mo., and technical offices in Detroit, Tokyo, and Landstuhl, Germany.

Missouri's automotive manufacturing industry continues to grow. Ford and General Motors have invested a combined $1.5 billion and created thousands of jobs to produce all-new next-generation vehicles at their facilities in Claycomo and Wentzville. Missouri has also seen strong growth among automotive suppliers. Spartan joins suppliers such as Martinrea Riverside LLC, LMV Automotive Systems, Janesville Acoustics, Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems, Toyota Bodine and Grupo Antolin North America in announcing plans to invest and expand in the Show-Me State over the past year.

To assist Spartan Light Metal Products with its expansion in Mexico, the DED has offered a strategic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria. 


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