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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 unwarranted credit for bringing production back to the US from Mexico. With US auto sales at record levels, the 2009 bailouts and bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler weren’t much discussed, but they remain a prominent legacy of the Obama administration. So what does Donald Trump in the White House mean for the US auto industry? Establishing plants in Mexico could become a big political
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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 firm. Navistar announced a second deal with GM for a total of 600 new jobs and downtown Springfield has seen significant projects from a new brewery to artist studios and a new seniors center to EF Hutton America relocating its headquarters there. Local leaders also came together to form a nonprofit to target investments downtown. “It’s changed the landscape of downtown,” Assistant City Manager Tom
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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 Ltd. is expanding its Moraine plant in an $82 million project that will create 150 jobs. Both companies were approved for tax incentives from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority Monday. Tenneco’s tax credit is a 1.724 percent, nine-year tax credit worth $2.2 million if the company meets its job creation goals. DMAX got a 0.926 percent, six-year tax credit worth $242,000 if it meets its
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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 be affected in more ways by the new administration than the auto business. That became all the more apparent this week, with Mr. Trump’s selection of Scott Pruitt — the Oklahoma attorney general who is a climate-change skeptic and close ally of the oil and gas industry — to run the Environmental Protection Agency. The changes under the Trump administration could include possible tariffs that
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As Alabama’s auto industry has grown over the past two decades, so have the jobs and the sophisticated skill sets required to keep production humming. The majority of the positions at the state’s three auto assembly plants are in production, but the automakers have also built up their ranks of other highly-skilled professionals. At Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Talladega County, for instance, there are about 700 engineering professionals in a wide variety of disciplines including electrical, mechanical and civil. The number of positions has increased proportionately to the number of products Honda Alabama is now building. “When we first started production, we were a new plant, building one product, the Odyssey minivan, and one variation of the 3.5 liter
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The Five Biggest Auto Stories Of 2016

The auto industry is a prime mover of the U.S. economy. According to the Center for Auto Research, Ann Arbor, the industry provides some seven million private sector jobs, and $500 billion in salaries. Each auto manufacturer job creates eleven other jobs in related industries (dealers and suppliers) as well as indirect jobs (businesses that are otherwise dependent on auto plants, corporate offices, supplier parks, etc.). On the whole, the auto sector is responsible for almost 4% of the U.S. economy. So, it is worthwhile taking a look at the biggest stories impacting the industry in 2016. Peak Auto Sales Industry sales have peaked at 17.4 million, and will trend downward through 2024, heading to a low of slightly above
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Tom Martin talked with Dave Tatman, executive director of the Kentucky Auto Industry Association. Tatman completed 34 years with GM as plant manager for the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green. He also is an associate vice president for advanced manufacturing at Western Kentucky University and co-author of the book on leadership, Building Cathedrals: The Power of Purpose. Dave and his team are preparing for AutoVision, the association’s annual conference coming to the Lexington Center Sept. 12 and 13. Q: Give us a sense of the size and the scale of the auto industry in Kentucky. A: Kentucky is the third largest state in the country with respect to automotive production, surpassed only by Michigan and Ohio in total vehicles
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In Australia, car makers have come to be seen by many as more of a cost than a benefit, a failing industry that was too reliant on government handouts. But in the United States, many state governments have attracted foreign investment that has provided ongoing economic security. Now the end of car manufacturing in Australia is fast approaching. Ford Australia will close its production line in Broadmeadows on October 7, where the iconic Falcon has been made for almost six decades. On the same day, Holden will close Cruze production in Adelaide, and Ford will shutter its engine plant in Geelong. In the course of the next year, Australia’s three car makers – Ford, Holden, and Toyota – will shut
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Ford Motor Co. said today it will idle its Wayne, Mich., car factory an extra two weeks by the end of the year to adjust supply with demand. The plant makes the light-selling Focus compact and C-Max hybrid cars. This is in addition to the shutdown for all Ford North American plants in the last week of the year for a normal holiday break, a Ford spokeswoman said. Focus U.S. sales fell 14.5 percent to 140,049 vehicles through September while C-Max sales dropped 12.4 percent to 15,149 units. Ford, when it issued its third quarter earnings earlier today, said it was cutting inventories because it expects a slight downturn in the U.S. new vehicle market in 2017. CFO Bob Shanks
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Before Donald Trump takes to the debate stage Wednesday night for one last chance to prove U.S. trade policy is letting Mexico steal Michigan and Ohio’s auto jobs, he might want to do some research on manufacturing trends in the global auto industry. Mexico’s biggest and fastest-growing carmakers aren’t American brands like Ford and General Motors’ Chevy. The biggest Mexican carmaker is Nissan, and the newest plants belong to Audi and Kia, with big BMW and Toyota plants in the pipeline. For a candidate who argues that free trade has led to the hollowing-out of U.S. manufacturing, the most ironic cut may be that car companies are building in Mexico rather than the United States, largely because it has freer
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