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Aug 19 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on MLive

Automakers spend years developing and redesigning cars and trucks. It's a process that takes meticulous planning and organization – from the vehicle's design to the size of every nut and bolt on the vehicle.

This past week, more than 3,000 General Motors Co. employees and nearly 400 Chrysler Group employees used their skills on a different kind of redesign: Detroit's Cody High School and the surrounding community.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 19 2014
The Associated Press

Two auto companies and the United Way announced $200,000 in donations Monday to help Detroit residents pay overdue water bills after criticism about the city's aggressive shut-off policy.

Water shut-offs related to unpaid bills have been suspended since July 21 but will resume after Aug. 25.

The new Detroit Water Fund will pay up to 25 percent of an overdue bill. To qualify, a customer must owe $300 or more, pay at least 10 percent up front and meet other conditions, based on income.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 18 2014
GM Authority

Following numerous teasers and leaked pictures, General Motors has officially announced that it will reveal its hotly-anticipated Buick Envision crossover on August 28th in Chengdu, China.
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he compact CUV will slow in between Buick’s two existing crossovers — the subcompact Encore and the full-size Enclave. The Envision is expected to be the first vehicle to ride on GM’s new D2XX global vehicle architecture, with the CUV’s range-topping engine being none other than GM’s turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 (LTG) making 256 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 18 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields got a little wet for a good cause on Friday.

The automaker’s top executive took the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a social media phenomenon that is raising money and awareness to help fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

As part of the challenge, participants are supposed to donate money as well as videotape themselves dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads. They’re then supposed to challenge other people to do the same.


 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 18 2014
Chrysler Media Group

Scattered showers delayed the completion of eliminations rounds at the 33rd annual Lucas Oil National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Nationals on Sunday until finally the race against darkness at Brainerd International Raceway, a facility without lighting to enable might racing, was lost. The decision was made by NHRA officials to postpone the Funny Car category final and Pro Stock class semifinals and final until the next scheduled event, the 60th annual U.S. Nationals set for Aug 27- Sept. 1, in Indianapolis.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 18 2014
Written by Rachel Abbey McCafferty | Posted on Crain's Cleveland

Currency manipulation has a huge impact on manufacturers, says Bill Adler, president of Stripmatic Products Inc. in Cuyahoga Heights. Indeed, the past chairman of the Precision Metalforming Association thinks it's the biggest hurdle U.S. companies face when it comes to competing globally.

“We see and feel the direct impact of lost jobs, lost revenues because of unfair currency manipulation,” Adler said.

Filed Under: Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Aug 15 2014
Your Metal News

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and allied manufacturing groups today reiterated their call for strong and enforceable currency manipulation disciplines in all future trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Filed Under: Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Aug 15 2014
Written by Tom Walsh | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Collect scraps of fruits, onions and carrots plus some eggshells and coffee grounds from the kitchens of Andiamo, Potbelly, Coffee Beanery and other eateries in the Renaissance Center, mix them up with poop from herbivores at the Detroit Zoo, and what do you get?

Rich plant food for urban farms and gardens all over the city. Yum, yum.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 15 2014
Ford Media Center

The all-new Ford Transit will help the King family complete farm chores on season four of the Great American Country Network’s lifestyle series “Farm Kings,” which premieres Friday, Aug. 15 at 10 p.m. EDT.

The Kings will put Transit to work as a rolling workshop stocked with tools and supplies to maintain the farm’s daily operations. A custom shelving unit has been installed in the van to organize and secure gear. They’ll also use Transit to haul produce, signage, tables and chairs to their stand at the local farmer’s market.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 15 2014
Chrysler Media Group

SRT ® (Street and Racing Technology) Motorsports will make its debut into the Trans Am Series when Miller Racing fields two all-new Dodge Challenger SRTs at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Aug 15-16. Four-time series champion Tommy Kendall makes his re-entrance and first Trans Am start since 2004 in the TA2 series class this weekend.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 14 2014
Written by Matt Blunt | Posted on Cleveland Crain's Business

American businesses could be hiring more workers today if we ended unfair trade practices used by some of our trading partners. No matter how competitive companies are in Ohio, they struggle to keep up with foreign competitors that are given an unearned advantage because of currency manipulation.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Aug 14 2014
Written by Marcia Pledger | Posted on Cleveland Plain Dealer

 Leading manufacturing association presidents came to Cleveland on Wednesday to remind Ohioans that currency manipulation and unfair trade practices continue to hurt American workers, businesses and farmers.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Aug 14 2014
WTAM 1100 Cleveland

Leading manufacturing association presidents participated in a press conference at the City Club of Cleveland.

They called for U.S. government representatives to strongly address unfair currency policies in ongoing international trade talks with Asian nations.

Former Missouri governor Matt Blunt is president of the American Automotive Policy Council and is among those calling for congressional action to help level the playing field and create jobs here at home.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Aug 14 2014
Reuters

General Motors Co (GM.N) will start construction this fall on a $174 million (104.24 million pound) stamping plant in Lansing, Michigan, that will make components for the nearby Lansing Grand River assembly plant, the company said on Wednesday.

The plant, which will stamp steel into auto components like hoods and door panels, will create or retain about 145 jobs.

It will produce components for Cadillac ATS and Cadillac CTS vehicles and a future product the company has not yet announced.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 14 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

The 2015 Ford F-150 isn’t just about the most aggressive use of aluminum on a pickup body.

There also is a sliding rear window designed and made by supplier Magna International. From the start of the new truck’s development, Ford asked truck owners what they wanted from the glass that separates the cab from the open air of the bed.

“They said they wanted visibility, that it seals well when it is closed, but still able to open the center window and use the defog when it is open,” said Noah Mass, Ford manager of body exterior mechanisms.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 14 2014
Written by Henry Payne | Posted on The Detroit News

Driving Woodward Avenue this week after the flood you might consider an outboard motorboat or an ark to gather all the Detroit zoo animals. But come Saturday’s Dream Cruise, the sun will be out, and so will the cars. You’ll want something appropriate for cruising with the family.

How about a roomy, 707-horsepower four-door sedan that seats five and does the quarter mile as fast as a Ferrari Enzo?

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 13 2014
Written by Diego Rosenberg | Posted on GM Authority

We all know 2014 marks the best General Motors lineup ever − maybe we can’t wax poetic like GM’s 1955 or 1965 lineup, but today’s models from the General are far away much more of a world-class standard. But among the vehicles that are sold in the U.S., some get more notice than others. Which GM product is the most underrated?

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 13 2014
Written by Lauren Abdel-Razzaq | Posted on The Detroit News

Jerry Cuper ordered his first new car, a Plymouth Fury, in 1963. But when the car came in, the dealership wanted $200 more than what they originally quoted him and his father wouldn’t let him buy it.

Cuper was disappointed, but it was all for the best. Soon he saw a picture of a newly developed sports car, the 1965 Mustang 2+2 fastback. He decided to wait for that one.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 13 2014
Written by Rory Jurnecka | Posted on Motor Trend

Not two days after I'd taken the helm of the Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat (whew!) Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk that arrived in our parking garage, I couldn't take it anymore. The urge to run over objects large enough to cause at least minor damage to lesser vehicles had become too much to restrain. I turned towards the nearest empty parking lot and began climbing parking curbs and concrete medians to get my fix. I'm fairly sure any onlookers assumed I was blind. Is urban off-roading a thing?

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 12 2014
Written by Sam Mceachern | Posted on GM Authority

Cadillac today announced the new range-topping Platinum Collection 2015 Escalade, a more upscale trim level of the full-size luxury SUV which offers new premium interior materials, upgraded technologies and other model exclusive aesthetic enhancements.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development