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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
  • Ortech parts are key components for vehicles of various makes and models

  • One in a series of stories about local manufacturing.
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  • Sitting on the showroom floor, the V-8s or the turbochargers or the horsepower of this year’s shiny new models may get the most attention.
    But without the littlest of parts made right here in Kirksville, drivers would be unable to open, or even unlock, their car doors.
    Whether domestic or foreign, some of the smallest, most pedestrian parts of an automobile start their lives at local auto-parts manufacturer Ortech and its Kirksville facility.
    The plant, located in the city’s Industrial Park, manufactures automotive parts like car locksets, door handles, switches and keyless entry fobs.
    Ortech in Kirksville employs about 24 full-time employees with an approximate annual payroll of about $700,000, according to Jon Hurd, Ortech Human Resources manager.
    The Kirksville plant is owned by U-Shin Japan, an international manufacturer that primarily focuses on automotive components, and is the company’s sole U.S. facility.
    Ortech has been in Kirksville since 1988 and ships its products across the world with their final destinations primarily in domestically-manufactured automobiles like Fords, Mitsubishis and Volkswagens.

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