- SPECIAL REPORTS
Assembly Breaking News
SANTA ROSA, CA—An innovative “job-shadowing” program to train high school students for skilled manufacturing jobs is gaining momentum in its third year. Launched by 101MFG, a trade group focused on boosting California’s manufacturing sector, the program is expecting up to 300 participants this year.
TOKYO—Toyota, its parts makers and dealers are pushing back on union proposals to increase wages for workers in Japan.
DETROIT—William Clay Ford, the last surviving grandchild of automotive innovator Henry Ford and owner of the Detroit Lions, died Sunday of pneumonia at the age of 88. He was also director emeritus of Ford Motor Co.
LANSING, MI—GM will build a new $162 million stamping plant at its Lansing Grand River assembly plant. The facility is expected to create 65 new jobs.
DEARBORN, MI—Ford will to invest $168 million to move production of its 2016 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks from Mexico to Cleveland.
NORTH CHARLESON, SC—Boeing said on Friday that “hairline cracks” had been discovered in the wings of about 40 787 Dreamliners that are in production, marking another setback for the company’s newest jet. The cracks have not been found on planes that are in use by airlines and therefore posed no safety risk.
FLINT, MI—GM has begun construction on a $600 million paint shop project at the Flint Assembly plant.
YOKOHAMA, Japan—Ninety-six percent of the production process at Toyota’s Motomachi assembly plant is completed by robots. The plant employs 760 robots and produces one vehicle every 135 seconds.
SHIRWAL, India—The air conditioner assembly line at Godrej Appliances’ factory here is completely managed and run by women.
TORONTO—A decision by Chrysler Canada to commit to bringing a new minivan assembly line to Windsor, ON, was greeted with caution Tuesday, as the auto giant said it was no longer looking to the federal and Ontario governments for funding.