PORTLAND, TN—Automotive supplier U.S. Tsubaki Automotive will spend approximately $35.8 million over the next five years to expand its assembly plant here. The project is expected to create 70 new jobs.
CHICAGO—Ford Motor Co. has agreed to pay up to $10.1 million to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment at its Chicago assembly plant in Hegewisch and its Chicago stamping plant in Chicago Heights.
EAST LANSING, MI—Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a new adhesive that will enable manufacturers to join multiple materials. The adhesive adapts to different surface properties, works at different material temperatures, and allows bonded parts to be separated for recycling.
WASHINGTON--A slump in motor vehicle production pushed down U.S. factory output unexpectedly in July, the Federal Reserve said last week. According to the Fed, automobile production fell 3.6 percent in July, the fourth decline in the last five months.
BAODING, CHINA--Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor Co. said on Monday that it was interested in buying the Jeep brand. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Italian-controlled company that owns Jeep, said it had not heard from Great Wall, however, suggesting that considerable ground would have to be covered before a deal could be reached.
HANFORD, CA--Faraday Future recently abandoned plans to build its own tailor-made factory from scratch in Nevada, but has now signed a lease on a new ready-made production facility here. The company says the new factory should be ready to help deliver the first production FF 91 vehicles by the end of 2018.
WASHINGTON—Toyota Motor Corp. and rival Mazda Motor Corp. are planning to build a $1.6 billion U.S assembly plant as part of a new joint venture. The plant will be capable of producing 300,000 vehicles a year, with production divided between the two automakers.
CANTON, MS—Workers at Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.’s assembly plant here voted nearly two to one against representation by the United Auto Workers. The vote at the end of a bitterly contested campaign extended a decades-long record of failure by the union to organize a major automaker’s plant in the South.
Manufacturers of complex products, such as engines and transmissions, have long been using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to error-proof their processes, document quality, and deal with high-mix production.
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.