- SPECIAL REPORTS
Assembly Breaking News
ROCHESTER, NY—Perseverance and creativity enabled a 75-year old GM assembly plant here to go landfill-free. The journey took four years and included seven attempts to recycle a challenging oily filter sludge generated from a machining operation.
MANCHING, Germany—More than 20,000 workers from European aerospace group EADS took to the streets in Germany last week to protest against restructuring plans they fear could cost thousands of jobs. Protests were held at about 30 sites, from the company’s Airbus factories near Hamburg to its Eurofighter jet assembly plant in Manching in the south.
COLUMBUS, OH—Kerry Ketchem, 62, an automotive engineer, has been sentenced to eight years in prison on three counts of felony theft involving a scheme to steal catalytic converters from an assembly plant.
MOBILE, AL—Airbus is seeking candidates for an aircraft conformity manager for the $600 million A320 final assembly line under construction here.
DETROIT—With its membership tumbling sharply and a long-running effort to organize foreign-owned makers still in limbo, the UAW is looking at the possibility of raising its dues by 25 percent—its first hike since 1967.
CHILTON, WI—Worthington Industries will invest $3.3 million to expand its cylinder assembly plant here, with plans to add up to 130 more workers.
WASHINGTON—Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the sixth consecutive month, reaching its highest level in 2.5 years, according to the latest data from the Institute for Supply Management. The institute’s Purchasing Managers Index registered 57.3 percent, up from October’s reading of 56.4 percent.
WASHINGTON—OSHA is reportedly planning a public database of workplace injury and illness incidents reported by manufacturers and other employees.
CHARLOTTE, NC—DeWalt will assemble more than 600 different cordless power tools, hand tools and accessories at its 75,000-square-foot factory here. The plan will create 250 new jobs.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO—Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will press state legislators next week to provide up to $150 million a year in tax breaks and other incentives in hopes of luring Boeing Co.’s 777X commercial airplane assembly plant to his state.