Automotive Assembly

Ford F-150 Plant Notable for Lack of Noise, Sparks

DEARBORN, MI—Two things are missing in the body shop of the revamped Ford Rouge Center, which includes the Dearborn Truck assembly plant making the 2015 F-150 out of aluminum: sparks and noise.

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Workers Locked Out After Union Rejects Contract at Truck Assembly Plant

STE-THERESE, QC—Some 900 employees at PACCAR’s truck assembly plant here have rejected the company’s final contract negotiation offer. After two months of negotiations, the contract was rejected by 76 percent of employees only hours after management decided to lock out its employees.

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Workers at Pennsylvania Assembly Plant Reject UAW

BREINIGSVILLE, PA—By a 169-126 vote, assemblers at Westport Axle Corp.’s factory here rejected a petition by the UAW to organize.

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Magna Opens New Assembly Plant

DELTA TOWNSHIP, MI—Magna International Inc. has opened a new 290,000-square-foot auto parts assembly plant here. The facility will employ approximately 340 people at full production.

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Alcoa Investigates Additive Manufacturing

NEW YORK CITY—Alcoa Inc. is researching how they can best incorporate 3D printing technology into its business as the third largest producer of aluminum in the world. Alcoa’s chief technology officer, Ray Kilmer, says that the aluminum maker is attempting to use 3D printing to produce jet engine parts, among other things.

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Automotive Supplier Expands in Virginia

ROANOAKE, VA—Automotive supplier Dynax America Corp. will invest more than $32.6 million to expand its assembly plant here, creating 75 new jobs over three years. The company manufactures automatic transmission components, friction disks, mating plates and assemblies.

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GM to Invest $200 Million in Two Michigan Plants

DETROIT—General Motors is planning to invest $200 million at two of its plants in Michigan to prepare for its future vehicle program. The automaker will allocate $160 million to its Orion assembly plant for tooling and equipment and $40 million to its Pontiac Metal Center for new dies.

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VW to Expand Tennessee Assembly Plant

CHATTANOOGA, TN—Construction of Volkswagen’s planned $900 million expansion of its assembly plant here is expected to begin in earnest soon. The company plans to enlarge the body shop, technical center and assembly finish area.

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BMW Tests Google Glass for Quality Assurance in Production

SPARTANBURG, SC—BMW is running a pilot project at its assembly plant here to determine whether the Google Glass wearable computer could improve workflow in quality assurance.

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Auto Parts Assembler Coming to Michigan

MADISON HEIGHTS, MI—Auto parts supplier STEC USA Inc. will invest $15.1 million to open a new headquarters and assembly operation here in an existing building. The project is expected to create 176 jobs.

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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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