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According to a March 15th statement by General Motors Company (GM), 500 assembly plant workers in Michigan, who are expected to be laid off this May, will be rehired in 2018 due to sound demand for larger vehicles. Last week it was announced that 1 100 workers at the auto maker’s Lansing Delta Township plant
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Ford spending $1.2bn at Michigan factories

Ford said it was spending US$1.2bn on Michigan factories to build new trucks and SUVs and expand as a mobility company. The automaker will allocate $850m to its Michigan Assembly Plant to retool to build the revived Ranger small truck and Bronco SUV. Ranger assembly starts at the end of 2018 and Bronco follows in
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South stands in way of Rust Belt jobs revival

In the years since the 2008 financial crisis, this southern U.S. port city has attracted a new Airbus factory, seen its steel industry retool, and gained thousands of jobs building the Navy’s new combat vessel. Some 300 miles north in Huntsville, new businesses sprout in farm fields drawn by readily available land, low taxes, flexible
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UACJ Automotive Whitehall Industries, Inc. plans to expand its Paducah presence with a $3.3 million investment expected to bring an additional 50 jobs. The project includes a 56,000-square-foot expansion of the company’s 100,000-square-foot facility at 5600 Commerce Drive, which will include machining centers, robotics and additional fabrication equipment. The expansion is expected to create 50
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An automotive supplier is investing nearly $50 million in two Kentucky operations in part because of more business from Ford’s Louisville area manufacturing plants. Livonia, Mich.-based Tower International will invest about $20 million in its Shepherdsville facility to increase its size to 312,000 square feet, up from 219,000. Derek Fiebig, executive director for investor and
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This is what a Trump presidency means for the US auto industry

Donald Trump won the presidency by winning the American heartland, the bastion of the US auto industry. Ohio went for the Republican candidate, and in a real shocker, Michigan continues to lean Trump. Trump tangled with auto-industry leaders during the election, most prominently Ford CEO Mark Fields, over establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico and taking
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The overall economy in Clark and Champaign counties improved this year with several big expansions or new employers moving in, which has local leaders optimistic about the jobs picture for next year. But the local growth lagged behind the rest of the state, said Bill LaFayette, owner of Regionomics, a Columbus-based economics and workforce consulting
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Two auto suppliers proposing $180M in Miami Valley expansions

Two big auto suppliers are considering massive expansions that could mean a combined $180 million in investments and almost 650 jobs in the Dayton region. Tenneco Automotive Operating Co. is investing $98.5 million in its Kettering engine facility, a bid expected to create 483 full-time jobs, and $15.8 million in new payroll. In addition, DMAX
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Worried Auto Industry Braces for Change Under Trump

First the Obama administration bailed out much of the American auto industry, pulling it out of a tailspin. Then it reshaped the business, with regulations and policies intended to increase fuel economy, improve safety and add jobs. Now, under President-elect Donald J. Trump, the industry is bracing for another wholesale makeover. Perhaps no industry could
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