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Polar Opposites in the Hoosier State

The towns of Elkhart and Warsaw sit less than 40 miles apart in northern Indiana. But, when it comes to the local manufacturing climate, the two communities might as well be located at the North and South poles. The two extremes help illustrate an interesting phenomenon: Today’s crazy economic climate doesn’t always follow standard geographic boundaries.
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Should the G Help the Big Three?

Much of the Big Three’s problems have been self-inflicted, but failing to act now could be robbing Peter to pay Paul.
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A Greener Government

If there was ever any doubt that the recently victorious Democratic Party is serious about cutting greenhouse gas emissions and promoting energy efficiency, those doubts were recently put to rest.
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Turns out Building a 787 Dreamliner Ain't so Easy

Fast forward to 2008-Turns out building wings and fuselages sections is a lot tougher than it looks-same thing for managing a complex global supply chain.
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Get Ready for 'Ergobamanomics'

Ergonomics is a subject that hasn't received much attention in the manufacturing community lately. But, that may change under president-elect Barack Obama’s new administration.
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Big Three Beware

Once upon a time, there was a Big Three far, far away . . . in merry olde England. In a move eerily similar to the pending GM-Chrysler merger, two of the automakers united to form British Motor Corp. (BMC). The folks in Detroit should learn a lesson from it, before history repeats itself.
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Turning Adversity into Opportunity at Toyota

Instead of simply sending its full-time workers home, Toyota, in accordance with company policy, kept them on the payroll. Not only that, the company kept them hard at work, improving both the plant and themselves.
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Risky Business at the Altar?

Will the Big Three go the way of radiator caps and hood ornaments? Recent rumblings in Detroit suggest that General Motors and Chrysler are considering a “marriage.”

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Are Manufacturing Companies a Good Investment? Part I

Are manufacturers financially in good stead to weather hard times? To find out, we took a look at the liquidity and debt ratios of the Assembly Top 50.

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A Bright Spot in a Bleak World?

Everyone's talking about solar power these days. It's been mentioned quite a few times in the presidential debates, and it was a popular topic of conversation at the recent Assembly Technology Expo.
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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.


 Live from The ASSEMBLY Show, Bob Wood, president of ECI Spinnomatic, talks about his company’s newest product: a fully automated riveting cell equipped with a rotary indexing table, a six-axis robot, an orbital forming unit, and laser sensors. 

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