DEARBORN, MI—Since 2003, Ford has reduced the injury rate by 70 percent for its more than 50,000 “industrial athletes” in the U.S., and many more around the world, through new ergonomics technology, lift-assist devices, workstation redesign and data-driven process changes.
STERLING HEIGHTS, MI—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will spend $166 million to install three new press lines at its stamping plant here. The equipment is expected to be production-ready by the end of the year.
NEWPORT, WA—A “very significant” explosion rocked the Zodiac Aerospace assembly here, toppling large pieces of machinery, lifting an entire floor off its foundation and seriously injuring five people, authorities said.
DETROIT—Wayne County, MI, has the best manufacturing economy in the United States, according to a report on job creation released Tuesday. Wayne tops the list of U.S. counties in creating manufacturing jobs, with the addition of 4,225 jobs in 2014, according to the report by Headlight Data.
SANTA ANA, CA—Ascent Aerospace has been awarded a contract to design and build the final assembly station for the Airbus Beluga XL jet. The Beluga is an A330 modified to transport large aerostructure components from Airbus supplier facilities.
JACKSON, MS—Chinese solar panel manufacturer Seraphim Solar will invest $50 million to open its first U.S. assembly plant here. The company expects to will hire 250 workers during its first five years of operation.