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Ford Invests In Future With New LED Lighting At Manufacturing Plants

September 29, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company is investing in the future as it begins installing LED lighting at manufacturing facilities across the globe. The new lights, valued at more than $25 million, will save energy and money while improving safety and lighting...

Goodyear Aims To Use Rice Husk Byproduct In Tires

September 28, 2014 10:42 am | by Mark Gillispie - Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the world's biggest tire manufacturers is taking another step toward more environmentally friendly production by incorporating a byproduct created by the burning of rice husks into a material used in high-end tires. Akron-based Goodyear is embracing a technology that converts the ash that...

Ford To Add 1,200 Workers At Transit Van Plant

September 26, 2014 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 1,200 workers and another shift to a Missouri plant that makes its new Transit van. The Transit arrived at dealerships in June, but ...                   

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ShipCarsNow Wins EPA Award For Leadership In Freight Supply Chain Efficiency

September 25, 2014 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ShipCarsNow, a wholly owned Union Pacific Railroad subsidiary, received the 2014 SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual honor recognizes the top 1 percent of EPA partners that have optimized their...

Chrysler Redesigns Assembly Line

September 25, 2014 3:30 pm | by Chrysler Group, LLC | News | Comments

With sales of the Ram 1500 on a 52-month sales streak, Chrysler Group's Warren Truck Assembly Plant is increasing production. The plant that built back-to-back Motor Trend Truck of the Year winners in 2013 and 2014 will be building an average of an additional...

Victims Of GM Recall Given Choice To Settle Or Fight In Court

September 25, 2014 1:33 pm | by Tom Krisher and Amy Forliti, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As General Motors begins to compensate the victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches, this week more than a dozen families were given a choice: accept a settlement, presumably in the millions of dollars, or fight GM in a potentially lengthy court battle. Among them were the families of two...

Ford To Add 1,200 Workers At MO Plant

September 25, 2014 12:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 1,200 workers and another shift to a Missouri plant that makes its new Transit van. The Transit arrived at dealerships in June, but so far only 2,085 have been sold through August, according to Autodata Corp. However, demand has been gradually...

GreenTech Automotive Completes New Production Plant

September 24, 2014 5:08 pm | by Entertainment Close-Up | News | Comments

GreenTech Automotive (GTA) reported that construction is complete on its new production facility in Tunica, Miss."GTA has made significant progress toward our engineering, production, hiring, and industry partnership goals in recent months," said...

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GM Says China Sales This Year To Top 3.1M

September 24, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. expects its sales in China this year to top 3.1 million vehicles and sees no impact on business from an anti-monopoly probe of the industry, the president of the automaker's China unit said Wednesday. Sales growth for GM and its Chinese partners should be...

Delphi Acquires Antaya, Expands Automotive Business

September 24, 2014 12:09 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Delphi Automotive PLC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Antaya Technologies Corp., a leading provider of proprietary on-glass connectors, enhancing the company's portfolio in the rapidly growing automotive electrical connectors business. Antaya is the largest manufacturer of on-glass connectors for the...

Aleris To Add Capabilities To KY Aluminum Rolling Mill

September 24, 2014 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aleris announced today that it will invest $350 million to upgrade capabilities at its aluminum rolling mill in Lewisport, Kentucky.  The investment positions Aleris to meet anticipated significant growth in North American automotive demand as the industry pursues broader aluminum use for the production of...

Siemens Provides $32M To Train Workers For Manufacturing Industry

September 24, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today, from its Charlotte Energy Hub, Siemens announced it will be making a $32 million in-kind software grant to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division, which serves thousands of students and commercial companies annually. CPCC will use the...

GM To Move Cadillac Brand HQ To NYC

September 23, 2014 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Cadillac luxury brand will move its headquarters to New York next year to get closer to those living lives of luxury. The high-end brand, which has lost sales this year as German rivals gain, also will become a separate business unit, giving it more freedom to chase global growth. "There is...

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Polaris Announces Grand Opening Of Manufacturing Facility

September 23, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Polaris Industries Inc. today announced the grand opening of its new manufacturing facility in Opole, Poland. The 345,000-square-foot facility will be the first Polaris plant dedicated to manufacturing Off-Road Vehicles (ORV) outside...

GM Expert: 21 Deaths Eligible For Compensation

September 22, 2014 4:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from crashes involving General Motors small cars with faulty ignition switches is at least 21. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by the company to compensate victims, said Monday in an Internet posting that he received 143 death claims as of Friday, and 21 of those have...

Siemens To Acquire Dresser-Rand For $7.6B

September 22, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German electronics and engineering company Siemens AG has reached a deal to acquire oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand for $7.6 billion. Under the deal announced early Monday in Germany, Siemens will pay $83 per common share of Dresser-Rand Group Inc., $3.09 more than the...

TTM Technologies To Acquire Viasystems Group

September 22, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TTM Technologies, Inc. and Viasystems Group, Inc. today announced the execution of a definitive agreement under which TTM will acquire all outstanding shares of Viasystems for a combined consideration of $11.33 in cash and 0.706 shares of TTM common stock, which...

'Chrysler Should Recall Them All,' Says Safety Advocate

September 22, 2014 1:47 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall. But a safety advocate says the recall doesn't cover enough models, contending the same problem can happen in millions of other...

Indiana UAW Approves Lear Corp Contract

September 22, 2014 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a Lear Corp. plant in northwestern Indiana that makes automotive seats approved an agreement Sunday that will end a two-tiered pay system that left some workers earning much less than others.The United Auto Workers said in a statement that...

CSA Group Announces Energy Efficiency Verification Program For Small Electric Motors

September 22, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CSA Group, a leading global provider of testing and certification services and a standards development organization, today officially announced an expansion to its scope of accreditation as a nationally recognized testing laboratory for small electric motors to the...

San Francisco Orders 175 Light Rail Cars From Siemens

September 19, 2014 4:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Siemens a contract to deliver an initial 175 light rail cars for its Muni transit system at a value of US$648 million. With an option for an additional 85 cars, this is the biggest Siemens order ever for light rail cars...

Thor Industries Plans Expansions For 2 Indiana Factories

September 19, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Thor Industries is planning expansion projects at two recreational vehicle factories in northern Indiana. Thor Industries says the projects will boost production at its Heartland RV plant in Elkhart and for its Keystone subsidiary in Goshen. Thor officials say it is spending $8 million on...

Workers Accused Of Stealing Parts From Texas Plant

September 19, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say eight workers at a Caterpillar plant in Texas are accused of stealing more at least $160,000 in parts from the company. The Seguin Police Department says nine people — including the eight workers — were taken into custody on Friday after the owner...

Auto Part Suppliers Unsure Of Medium & Heavy Commerical Vehicles Segment

September 19, 2014 1:48 pm | by Ashutosh Shyam, The Economic Times | News | Comments

The medium & heavy commercial vehicles (MHCV) segment has seen improving sales in the past three months. The expansion, after a prolonged period of falling sales, gives credence to expectations of an economic turnaround and much-needed relief to vehicle manufactures, but...

Production Of New GM Cadillac To Be At Detroit Plant

September 19, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors will begin building a new, top-end Cadillac sedan late next year at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. The auto maker said Friday that the rear-wheel drive car will make its debut in the first half of 2015, and that it will reveal...

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