WINDSOR, ON—Full production at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles assembly plant here resumed early Wednesday morning, after flooding from two days of heavy rain halted the assembly of minivans there late Tuesday evening. As water began to stream into the plant, the automaker sent about 2,000 hourly employees home at 5:30 p.m. Eastern. MORE
DETROIT—A former UAW associate director has pleaded guilty to misusing money from Fiat Chrysler that was intended to train blue-collar workers. Virdell King pleaded guilty Tuesday to one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Labor Management Relations Act. Under a plea agreement, she faces up to 16 months in prison and restitution payments of up to $15,000.
DAGENHAM, UK—Ford Motor Co.’s engine assembly plant here is a surprising haven for 50 species of birds, protected voles, and a rare ladybug. Employees from the plant help to maintain and improve the habitat surround the factory by keeping waterways clear, restocking fish supplies, and planting more than 10,500 trees over the past 20 years.
PORTLAND, TN—Automotive supplier U.S. Tsubaki Automotive will spend approximately $35.8 million over the next five years to expand its assembly plant here. The project is expected to create 70 new jobs.
CHICAGO—Ford Motor Co. has agreed to pay up to $10.1 million to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment at its Chicago assembly plant in Hegewisch and its Chicago stamping plant in Chicago Heights.
EAST LANSING, MI—Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a new adhesive that will enable manufacturers to join multiple materials. The adhesive adapts to different surface properties, works at different material temperatures, and allows bonded parts to be separated for recycling.
WASHINGTON--A slump in motor vehicle production pushed down U.S. factory output unexpectedly in July, the Federal Reserve said last week. According to the Fed, automobile production fell 3.6 percent in July, the fourth decline in the last five months.
BAODING, CHINA--Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor Co. said on Monday that it was interested in buying the Jeep brand. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Italian-controlled company that owns Jeep, said it had not heard from Great Wall, however, suggesting that considerable ground would have to be covered before a deal could be reached.
HANFORD, CA--Faraday Future recently abandoned plans to build its own tailor-made factory from scratch in Nevada, but has now signed a lease on a new ready-made production facility here. The company says the new factory should be ready to help deliver the first production FF 91 vehicles by the end of 2018.