• What St. Louis Needs to See More Of

    May 15, 2017
    Two Boeing T-X Jets over STL

    Boeing Company announced today that if it wins a national competition to produce the T-X Air Force training jet, their employees would assemble the aircraft here in St. Louis. This decision to build the aircraft in St. Louis further supports the St. Louis region’s leadership in modern aviation innovation and aerospace manufacturing.

    This is a huge deal for St. Louis. The contract would keep the St. Louis Boeing assembly line open and support 1,800 jobs. The initial contract includes 350 airplanes, with a potential for additional units as more of the U.S. military’s planes age into retirement. The U.S. Air Force is expected to award the estimated $16 billion contract late 2017. The St. Louis workforce will be prepared; Boeing has partnered with St. Louis Community College for an assembly mechanic training program for other aircraft that has already led to over 400 jobs in St. Louis.

    Boeing, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, Missouri Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, Congressmen William “Lacy” Clay and Ann Wagner, and many other economic development and community leaders from both Illinois and Missouri gathered to celebrate Boeing’s decision to base its T-X operations here in our region. In this day and age, it is rare to see everyone come together for a common purpose, even for something as important as jobs and economic growth.  This was truly a regional effort to help secure St. Louis’ future in aerospace manufacturing and help us become a more prosperous future.

    We need to see more of these innovative, high-tech, St. Louis-designed and built aircraft flying over our skies.  Let’s get it done.

  • Former Gov. Matt Blunt Explains the Importance of the Automobile Industry at Sold-Out Logistics Forum

    Jan 30, 2017

    On Tuesday, January 24, former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt joined a sold-out crowd of 250 guests at the Four Seasons Hotel to give a presentation about the future of automotive manufacturing. However, though Governor Blunt planned on giving his presentation in person, his role as president of the American Automotive Policy Council called him to an unexpected meeting at the White House and he had to teleconference in. Not missing a beat, Governor Blunt began his presentation on the present and future automotive manufacturing industry, and often referenced the St. Louis-area Wentzville plant as a familiar example for the audience.

    The importance of the automotive industry to the United States’ economy cannot be understated. In fact, it is America’s largest manufacturing sector – both in terms of GDP and income. As we have lost low-skilled manufacturing here in the U.S., the importance of high-value manufacturing, like autos, continues to grow.

    To get an idea of just how much impact the automobile supply chain has, consider this:

    • In 2015, FCA US, Ford, and General Motors exported more than 1 million American-made vehicles to more than 100 different foreign markets.
    • The U.S. automotive sector has nearly doubled exports in the last six years (2009-2015) from $74.09 billion in 2009 to $137.66 billion in 2015.
    • According the U.S. Department of Commerce, in 2013 each $1 billion in exports represents 5,600 American jobs.  Based on that, the automotive export level last year supported 771,000 American jobs.
    • Thus, automakers support 2.44 million workers in the U.S., suppliers are responsible for 3.16 million more, and dealers are responsible for another 1.65 million. Grand total: the U.S. auto industry supports 7.25 million US jobs.

    While Governor Blunt presented on the automotive industry gave specific examples of actions being taken to improve American manufacturing by members of the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC): FCA, Ford, and General Motors.

    AAPC members produce more vehicles in the US than their competitors, have more plants in the U.S., use more US parts in their cars and trucks, and employ over 45,000 workers in the Detroit suburbs at their R&D facilities. It’s not surprising that AAPC members base 6 times more of our global workforce here – and employ 2 out of 3 US autoworkers.

    When you think about just how much automakers matter to our economy – and those 7.25 million jobs they support in the US, please remember this. Three of the 15 global automakers competing in the US support 2 out of 3 of those auto jobs.

    Governor Blunt made himself available for audience questions which ranged from what automotive manufacturers were doing to engage a young and diverse workforce to how Brexit would impact US trade.