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Auto Supplier Hiring to Support Ford Cocomo Plant

April 10, 2013

The new Ford Transit being produced at the Claycomo plant has
attracted a Michigan company that plans to hire 39 people to install interiors
for the commercial van.

Adrian Steel is leasing 11 acres for a new 32,000 square-foot manufacturing and
logistics center at the Hunt Midwest Business Center at Interstate 435 and
Northeast Parvin Road, company and government officials said Tuesday.

The company plans to invest $4.7 million in the facility and hire 39 people to
make and install interiors for the new Ford Transit commercial van to be built
at the Claycomo plant.

Adrian has been authorized by Ford to install interiors in its Transit line
including shelving, partitions and other cargo management fixtures. The new
facility is about two miles from the Claycomo plant.

The location also was attractive to Adrian because Ford recently leased a
25-acre paved staging site at the Hunt Midwest center as part of its North
American Vehicle Logistics outbound shipping center.

"The Kansas City region proved to be an ideal location for our newest Adrian
Steel operation," said Bob Browns, the company general manager.

"We are very proud of our ongoing relationship with Ford Motor Company and look
forward to contributing to the future of the Ford Transit."

The project is being assisted by a state incentive package that includes
$228,800 in Enhanced Enterprise Zone tax credits. The credits are conditioned on
the company meeting job creation and investment goals.


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