With all the hype surrounding self-driving cars these days, steering wheels seem a bit archaic. Some experts claim the humble device will soon find itself alongside bench seats, carburetors, chrome bumpers, hubcaps and other relics of the past.
TORONTO—Canadian auto workers union Unifor announced a tentative agreement with Ford Motor Co. nearly 30 minutes past an 11:59 p.m. Monday strike deadline that includes wage gains for workers and hundreds of millions of dollars in investment.
DETROIT—Automotive supplier Gestamp North America Inc. will invest $158 million to expand its assembly plants in Chelsea, MI, and Mason, MI, and invest $700,000 at its North American headquarters in Troy, MI. Its plans include a new chassis assembly line, paint line and press-hardening line in Chelsea and a new 150,000-square-foot facility to house a new laser-cutting cell in Mason. The plants will gain 235 new jobs, while the project in Troy will create 60 new jobs.
OSHAWA, ON—Up to 100 people will be hired early next year at General Motors’ assembly plant here, thanks to a boost in Chevy Equinox production and the new four-year tentative contract reached last month. MORE
CENTREVILLE, AL—German automotive supplier MollerTech will invest $46.3 million to build a state-of-the-art assembly plant here. The factory, which will make interior parts for Mercedes-Benz SUVs, is expected to employ 222 people. MORE
DETROIT—Fiat Chrysler says an employee at its Jefferson North Assembly Plant here has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. Although health officials has not determined where the employee may have come in contact with bacteria that cause the disease, the automaker is testing water sources at the plant “out of an abundance of caution.” MORE
SPRING HILL, TN—General Motors plans to add 650 jobs at its assembly plant here. The company will be adding a third shift, which is expected to begin in January 2017. Staffing details are still being finalized, but the company will begin filling the positions this quarter.
HOLLAND, MI—Coastal Automotive LLC plans to hire 110 workers for a recently acquired $6.5 million manufacturing facility here. The company makes high-tech foam-based products that improve safety and block sound vibration in cars.
TORONTO—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Canadian workers on Sunday voted in favor of a new four-year contract with the automaker that includes $12,000 in bonuses over the next four years and includes a commitment from the automaker to revamp the paint shop at the company’s assembly plant in Brampton, ON.