DETROIT—Workers at Ford narrowly ratified the company’s four-year labor deal with the UAW, the labor union announced late Friday. Final results showed that members voted to ratify by a 51.4 percent majority after a last-minute push by union leaders put the contract over the top at the company’s giant Rouge manufacturing complex in Dearborn, MI.
PESQUERIA, Mexico—Quality and production runs are under way at Kia’s new vehicle assembly plant here, which is considered 95 percent completed. Construction and tooling of the $3 billion plant was completed in just 13 months. The factory should have an annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles.
REDFORD, MI—Daimler’s Trucks division is planning to invest $475 million here to develop to diesel engines for medium-duty trucks. The engine will be produced at the company’s assembly plant here, which currently employs 2,200 people. The investment will add approximately 330 new jobs.
ANDERSON, IN—NTN Driveshaft began construction on a new assembly plant here to make constant velocity joints for the automotive industry. Schedule to open in spring 2017, the factory will ultimately create up to 510 new jobs.
GARDENA, CA—Faraday Future, an electric-car company that is modeling itself after Tesla Motors, is searching for a location for its first assembly plant. Four states—California, Georgia, Louisiana and Nevada—are in the running for the $1 billion factory.
DEARBORN, MI—The UAW’s tentative agreement with Ford outlines a $9-billion commitment to its U.S. plants and commitment to create or retain 8,500 jobs over the next four years with new vehicles, engines and transmissions planned.
DEARBORN, MI—Ford Motor Co. is offering U.S. factory workers a hefty $10,000 in bonuses if they back a new labor pact reached on Friday with the UAW, an agreement that is far richer than deals cut at rivals General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles last month.
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.
As the North American manufacturing landscape continues to evolve, companies are constantly facing pressures to keep up with growing competition. Agility is crucial as manufacturers manage complex issues like controlling escalating costs and managing a dynamic workforce; all while dealing with pressures to implement a better, more efficient way of manufacturing. Senior leaders are, now more than ever, seeking answers to their daily challenges before they erode profitability.