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First All-Aluminum Ford F-150 Rolls Off the Assembly Line

DEARBORN, MI—The first all-aluminum F-150 pickup truck has rolled off Ford’s assembly line here.

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VW May Reverse Course on UAW Representation

CHATTANOOGA, TN—The UAW expects Volkswagen to announce soon a policy change that would allow for union representation at the company’s assembly plant here, where the union has faced challenges organizing workers. Earlier this year, the UAW lost a vote to represent about 1,500 workers at the Chattanooga plant but the union still claims it has the support of a majority of the employees.

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Nissan to Boost North American Workforce by 1,000

SMYRNA, TN—Nissan is planning to expand its North American manufacturing workforce by 1,000 workers to meet its production goals. The automaker wants to boost production from 350,000 vehicles in 2014 to 507,000 units in 2017.

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Paint Shop Explosion Injures Three at NC Assembly Plant

ASHE COUNTY, NC—Three people were injured Tuesday after an explosion in the paint shop of an ambulance assembly plant here.

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GM Plant Lauded for Energy Efficiency

BOWLING GREEN, KY—The GM assembly plant here has met the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry. The facility is one of 14 GM plants in the world to have met the energy-efficiency challenge and one of only two to have achieved the honor three times.

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Fuel Cell Manufacturer Expands in Connecticut

TORRINGTON, CT—FuelCell Energy plans to spend $65 million to expand its assembly plant here, creating up to 325 jobs over the next four years.

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Honda to Invest $857 Million at Ontario Assembly Plant

ALLISTON, ON—Honda Motor Co. will invest $857 million in its assembly plant here to build the next generation Civic compact.

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Ford Assembly Plant Sued Again Over Sexual Harassment

CHICAGO—The Ford Motor Co. assembly plant here that was part of a $9 million settlement over sexual harassment claims in 2000 is being sued again by four women alleging sexual harassment and sex discrimination.

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Magna, TRW Among Hiring Companies at Virtual Job Fair

DETROIT—Forty-one employers, including TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. and Magna International Inc., will be logging on to meet job-seekers Nov. 12 during a virtual career fair.

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Vision-Guided Robots Improve Nut Welding

Machine vision lends flexibility to robotic welding cell

Weld nuts are installed on steel plates or sheets to provide firm, fixed threads for a mating screw or bolt.

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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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