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Ford to Add 850 Jobs

DEARBORN, MI—Ford Motor Co. will add 850 new factory jobs at its factories here to support the upcoming launch of its all-new aluminum-intensive F-150 pickup truck.

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Worker Killed at Kia Assembly Plant

WEST POINT, GA—A worker at Kia Motors’ assembly plant here was killed Oct. 7 after heavy materials fell on him in the stamping department.

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Toyoda Gosei Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing

WASHINGTON—Japanese automotive supplier Toyoda Gosei has pleaded guilty to price-fixing and has agreed to pay $26 million in fines. An investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice found out that the company fixed the price of automotive hoses, air bags and steering wheels that were sold to Subaru and Toyota Motors.

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UAW Local in Indiana Ratifies Lear Contract Ending Two-Tier Wages

HAMMOND, IN—UAW-represented employees at Lear Corp.’s seat assembly plant here have ratified a new contract ending a wage structure that pays new-hires less than their veteran colleagues.

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UAW Forms Local to Represent U.S. Mercedes Assembly Plant

VANCE, AL—The UAW has formed a new chapter—UAW Local 112—to represent workers at the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant here.

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Fasteners vs. Vibration

Manufacturers rely on specialty bolts, nuts and threadlockers to keep fasteners tight and immune to vibration.

Every year, fans of the Winter X games see snowmobile racers battle the elements and the laws of gravity to perform amazing feats—including long distance jumps and double back flips. What the fans don’t see is the ongoing battle between fasteners and vibration within every bolted joint of the snowmobile.

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Shedding Light on the Plastic Staking Process

Infrared staking ensures tight assemblies, stress-free joints and cosmetic surfaces.

Heat staking is a well-known method of heating and forming a molded plastic stud or boss to secure another component.

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Ford to Add 1,000 Jobs in Ontario

OAKVILLE, ON—Ford Motor Co. of Canada is adding more than 1,000 hourly jobs at its assembly plant here in preparation for the launch of the 2015 Ford Edge crossover utility vehicle.

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Freightliner Having Trouble Filling 300 Manufacturing Jobs

CLEVELAND, NC—Daimler Trucks is trying to fill more than 300 positions at its Freightliner assembly plant here, but the company is having trouble finding enough qualified workers in the area. The company has been hiring since April and wants to have more than 1,000 new employees by the end of the year.

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LEDs to Light the Way on Ford Assembly Lines

DEARBORN, MI—Ford Motor Co. plans to install 25,000 energy-efficient LED light fixtures at its plants.

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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.


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