- SPECIAL REPORTS
EVERETT, WA—Boeing plans to deploy robotic assembly technology on the 777X that will dramatically change how the plane’s metal hull is built. The investment will enable Boeing to increase the production rate of the 777 beyond the current 100 jets per year.
NOVI, MI—Automotive exhaust and HVAC supplier Eberspaecher North America Inc. is investing $122 million to expand operations in Michigan. The five-year expansion plan, beginning in late 2014, is expected to create 545 jobs.
EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation has received a contract from a medical device manufacturer to provide two automated assembly systems that will produce cardiac panel sensors.
BOWLING GREEN, KY—The UAW has scheduled a vote to authorize a strike at the General Motors assembly plant here, which makes the Chevrolet Corvette.
RUSSELLS POINT, OH—Honda’s transmission assembly plant here will get approximately 10 percent of its electricity from a pair of on-site wind turbines.
ASHEVILLE, NC—GE Aviation’s assembly plant here is the first in the world to make jet engine parts with new materials, called ceramic matrix composites, that will revolutionize flight in the years ahead.
TOKYO—Toyota has long been an avid promoter of manufacturing automation, but now the automaker is seeking to revive the concept of human craftsmanship at its factories.
SMYRNA, TN—Yates Services is looking for employees to fill long-term, full-time, off-shift positions at Nissan’s assembly plant here.
NEWMARKET, ON—Magna International Inc. will create 75 new jobs with a $1.5-million expansion of its assembly plant here. The facility produces electronic control modules for automotive roof systems.
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