Published Date : Nov 14, 2013
The auto manufacturing industry is revving up in the Midwest, and St. Joseph is particularly trying hard to power the ride.
The advanced batteries manufactured at the Johnson Controls facility in St. Joseph are vital components for the future fuel-efficient models from General Motors Corp. Automobiles such as Buick LaCrosse and the revamped Chevrolet Malibu are manufactured in General Motor’s Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, Kan.
Johnson Controls nearly has 700 workers on staff at the facility right at the beginning of the year and is widely recognized as the significant employer in St. Joseph.
St. Joseph’s new battery technology is equally significant in the automotive sector. The batteries are made up of the most innovative technology that supports the start-stop vehicle technology, and also the up-and-coming technology allowing the engine to shut off at a stoplight when it is in an idling position.
In addition, many newer vehicles with combustion engines increasingly equip these batteries for handling the heavy electrical loads.
According to the calculated estimates, by 2016, up to 40 percent of new vehicles built in the United States could employ Start-Stop vehicles.
In the past few years, St. Joseph as a company has shown immense flexibility in the global marketplace as it has adapted to several needs and changes in this industry. Because of its strong presence in the market, the auto manufacturing sector is making steady and prolific progress.
In October, Ford Motor Co., announced its biggest manufacturing expansion in 50 years and celebrated its 100th anniversary of the moving assembly line. This expansion is observed to add up 1,000 new employees, and the Ford Transit Van production will begin on the Claycomo plant in North Kansas City.
Many workers from this same region will be filling up the job spots pertaining to the automobile production. Their pleasing paychecks will positively improve the manufacturing picture in St. Joseph and beyond.