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Avatars Do Heavy Lifting at Ford Assembly Plant

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DEARBORN, MI—Engineers at Ford Motor Co. have created virtual representations of employees— called “avatars”—to assess whether articulating arms and other ergonomic aids could help with assembly.


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Researchers Develop New Ultrastiff, Ultralight Material

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CAMBRIDGE, MA—Engineers at MIT and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a new ultrastiff, ultralight material. Based on repeating microscopic units, the material has record-breaking stiffness at low density.


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Auto Parts Maker to Build Tennessee Assembly Plant

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JACKSON, TN—Auto parts maker Pacific Industries is building a new assembly plant here, which is expected to create 190 new jobs over its first five years.


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Mack to Spend $26 Million to Renovate PA Assembly Plant

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MACUNGIE, PA—Mack Trucks will invest $26 million to renovate its assembly plant here.


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Toyota’s Ontario Assembly Plant Tops in Manufacturing Quality

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CAMBRIDGE, ON—Toyota’s assembly plant here has received the top spot in J.D. Power’s annual manufacturing quality rankings.


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Ford Cuts Global Water Usage by 30 Percent

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DEARBORN, MI—Ford Motor Co. reduced per vehicle water use last year by 30 percent globally from a 2009 baseline, reaching its goal two years ahead of schedule. Plans are under way to further cut water use by another 2 percent this year and to set new long-term goals.


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Auto Parts Supplier Locks Out Workers

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LEBANON, OH—Auto parts manufacturer Hayashi Telempu North America has locked out some 200 unionized workers at its assembly plant here.


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Auto Parts Supplier to Invest $23.6 Million in Tennessee Assembly Plant

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LEBANON, TN—Auto parts manufacturer Southtec will invest $23.6 million to expand assembly plant here.


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Solar Panels Help Power Toyota Assembly Plant

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ALTONA, Australia—Toyota has installed a 500-kilowatt photovoltaic system on the roof of its assembly plant here. The 2,000-panel system will provide approximately 10 percent of the factory’s energy needs.


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Infiniti Starts Operations at Tennessee Assembly Plant

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DECHERD, TN—Luxury automaker Infiniti will start operations at its new $319 million powertrain assembly plant here.


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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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