- SPECIAL REPORTS
DAYTON, OH—Chiappa, an Italian gunmaker known for its exotic firearms, will start making them at a new assembly plant here this summer.
COLUMBUS, OH—EWI has started a joint venture with Cumberland & Western Resources to commercialize newly developed manufacturing technologies. The new enterprise, Edison Industrial Innovations, will identify technologies of significant industrial value and deliver them to market.
HUNTSVILLE, AL—Toyota has inaugurated a second V6 engine assembly line at its manufacturing plant here.
NOVI, MI—Airbus Group Innovation and EOS recently conducted a test that pitted rapid investment casting against direct metal laser sintering. Engineers examined an Airbus A320 nacelle hinge bracket, focusing on its overall lifecycle. The testing will serve as the basis for an ongoing cradle-to-grave study into other aerospace parts and production processes.
TUPELO, MS—German automotive supplier Grammer is investing $13.7 million to build a new assembly plant here.
REDDITCH, UK—GKN Aerospace has begun a project that aims to automate the assembly of aircraft structures with the goal of creating high-quality wing structures 30 percent faster than is possible today.
IRVINE, CA—Auto parts manufacturer Wanxiang America has acquired the assets of bankrupt electric carmaker Fisker Automotive for $149.2 million.
PIERCETON, IN—Auto parts supplier Shiloh Die Cast Midwest will invest $7.8 million to expand two of its northern Indiana plants, creating about 145 new jobs by 2018.
CHATTANOOGA, TN—In the wake of Friday’s stunning defeat among Volkswagen’s workers here, the UAW must soberly assess whether it can effectively organize any foreign-owned assembly plant in a region where organized labor has been regarded as an undesirable force for generations.
EVERETT, WA—Boeing will build a new factory here to make wings for its 777X wide body jet, assuring more than a decade of work on advanced composite materials for thousands of Snohomish County workers. The facility will be adjacent to the final assembly line for the jet.
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