ATLANTA—The Georgia Supreme Court sided with Gov. Nathan Deal and Kia Motors in an open records battle over access to hiring documents from Kia's assembly plant in West Point, GA. In the lawsuit, several unemployed, union auto workers accused Kia and state officials of creating a screening and hiring process that excluded union workers.
DEARBORN, MI—Ford Motor Co. is piloting new software from Siemens that facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve global collaboration and better share best practices.
DETROIT—GM CEO Dan Akerson plans to retire, and the automaker will appoint Mary Barra as his successor. GM’s senior vice president for product development, Barra will become the first female CEO of a major automaker.