- SPECIAL REPORTS
NEW YORK MILLS, MN—Boat manufacturer Lund Boat Co. has begun a $5 million project to expands its assembly plant here.
LANCASTER, CA—BYD America will begin manufacturing electric buses at a new assembly plant here next year.
DETROIT—The UAW and Chrysler have unveiled an art show here that recognizes multidimensional employees from the shop floor and celebrates the role of the creative process in manufacturing automobiles.
BERLIN—The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Automation has begun a project aimed at developing a standard software framework for assembly systems that combine people and robots.
HOLLAND, MI—LG Chem Michigan shipped out the first set of electric vehicle batteries from its assembly plant here. The batteries will be installed in Chevy Volts.
PRINCETON, IN—A new partnership in Vincennes University here and Toyota Motor Co. pairs textbooks with on-the-job experience to start a pipeline of college-educated manufacturing workers and fill a void created by the lack of skilled workers for available jobs.
DETROIT—The U.S. government expects to sell the last of its stake in General Motors by the end of the year, bringing an end to a sad chapter in the 105-year-old auto giant’s history.
WASHINGTON—Factory pay hasn’t kept pace with inflation and has fallen 3 percent on that basis since May 2009, while average pay for all wage earners slid only about 1 percent.
HARRISBURG, PA—Foxconn Technology Group, the Taipei-based maker of Apple Inc.’s iPhone, plans to invest $40 million to build a high-tech assembly plant here.
CHICAGO—Boeing will move swiftly to locate its 777X assembly line, making the decision within three months. Boeing announced it would look for alternatives outside Puget Sound, after International Association of Machinists members rejected an eight-year contract extension that would have kept the project in Everett, WA.
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