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RV Manufacturer to Build Michigan Assembly Plant

WHITE PIGEON, MI—RV manufacturer Forest River Manufacturing will spend more than $7 million to build a new assembly plant here, creating 396 jobs.

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Denso to Expand Tennessee Assembly Plant

ATHENS, TN—Automotive supplier Denso will invest $85 million to expand its fuel injector assembly plant here. The project will result in some 400 new jobs.

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AM General to build Mercedes R-Class in U.S. for China market

DETROIT—Military and commercial vehicle maker AM General LLC will start making Mercedes-Benz SUVs this summer under a new, multiyear contract with the German automaker. AM General will make the R-Class SUV at its commercial vehicle plant in Mishawaka, IN, for export to China.

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Fate of GM’s Ontario Assembly Plant Hinges on Contract Talks

OTTAWA—The Ontario government urged General Motors and Unifor Wednesday to “fast track” collective bargaining in a bid to end uncertainty over the future of the automaker’s Oshawa assembly plants and its 3,350 hourly employees.

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Take a Video Tour of Ford’s Mustang Assembly Plant

FLAT ROCK, MI—A new video provides a behind-the-scenes look at Ford’s assembly plant here, where the Mustang and Fusion are made.

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GM Uses Seven Methods to Assemble Body of New Caddie

DETROIT—General Motors uses seven joining methods—including spot welding, laser welding, self-piercing rivets and flow drill screws—to assemble the aluminum body of the new Cadillac CT6 sedan.

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Toyota to Pay Workers on Performance, Rather than Seniority

TOKYO—Toyota Motor Corp will change the way it pays factory workers, focusing on their performance rather than their seniority. Toyota’s new arrangement, designed to attract young talent, will apply to about 40,000 employees, or about 60 percent of its workforce.

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Ford Executive: Company Must Stay ‘Competitive’ With New UAW Contract

DETROIT—A Ford Motor Co. executive said Friday that a “critical” goal for the company in this year’s contract negotiations with the UAW union is to “maintain a competitive environment.”

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Volvo Considers Southern U.S. for Assembly Plant

GOTHENBURG, Sweden—Volvo Car Corp. is considering locating an assembly plant in the southern United States. The automaker is reportedly negotiating with Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina about incentives that could be offered for a plant.

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Honda to Invest $340 Million in Ohio Assembly Plant

ANNA, OH—Honda Motor Co. will invest $340 million to build fuel-efficient, gasoline engines here. The turbo-charged, four-cylinder gasoline engines are expected to debut later this year.

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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.


 Live from The ASSEMBLY Show, Bob Wood, president of ECI Spinnomatic, talks about his company’s newest product: a fully automated riveting cell equipped with a rotary indexing table, a six-axis robot, an orbital forming unit, and laser sensors. 

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