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June 30, 2009
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Chrysler Ready for Plant Re-launch
from The Detroit Free Press
There were some last-minute lawsuits and jitters, but Chrysler says all systems are a go to re-launch the majority of its assembly plants Monday. Seven assembly plants and the powertrain and other plants that support them are being dusted off after a temporary shutdown that began April 30 when Chrysler LLC filed for bankruptcy. The vehicles that will be built are for the new Chrysler company that was formed with Fiat June 10. More    E-mail article



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Hummer Offices, Production to Remain in America, CEO Says
from The Detroit Free Press
The money behind Hummer may come from China, but the maker of iconic SUVs will keep its headquarters, engineering and manufacturing in the United States, and Michigan may just land the head office, Hummer CEO Jim Taylor told a columnist over breakfast. More    E-mail article

Study Reveals Jobs in Fledgling Renewable Energy Sector Growing
from The Hattiesburg American
The fledgling renewable energy industry has grown steadily over much of the past decade, adding jobs at more than twice the national rate, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts study released recently. Solar and wind-power companies, energy-efficient light bulb makers, environmental engineering firms and others expanded their work force by 9.1 percent from 1998 to 2007, the latest year available, according to Pew. More    E-mail article

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Court: American Axle Supplier Must Resume Shipping
from The Associated Press
American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. has won an injunction ordering one of its key steel suppliers to resume deliveries, easing concerns of a major disruption in the auto parts supply base. More    E-mail article

Eliminating Defects Through Equipment Reliability
from Reliable Plant Magazine
The widely accepted definition of a Six Sigma process is one that produces 3.4 defective parts per million opportunities (DPMO). The single most critical item to this overall quality goal is variation. Many quality professionals readily acknowledge that variations in processes and in equipment performance lead to a vast number of defects experienced by the end customer. More    E-mail article

Is a Trade War With China Brewing?
from Time
When the U.S. Senate last February introduced a clause requiring the purchase of U.S.-made steel and iron in Washington's $787 billion stimulus package, the Chinese government decried the "Buy American" measure as a dangerous step toward trade protectionism, stressing that Beijing would not respond in kind. "We won't practice Buy China," Vice Commerce Minister Jiang Zengwei vowed, according to the state-run China Daily newspaper. But four months later, China's resolve to avoid a showdown over trade with the West appears to have weakened as the country struggles to keep its manufacturing sector growing during recession. More    E-mail article

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Marchionne Confirms Fiat Still Interested in Opel
from AutoBlog
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, watching the travails of GM, Opel and Magna from his comfy Italian perch, has sent word that his previous offer for Opel is still on the table if anyone is interested. That offer, though, can't be sweetened because he doesn't "believe we could improve Fiat's offer. It's the most rational one we can put forward from an industrial viewpoint." More    E-mail article

GM is Closer to Building Small Car in U.S. Plant
from Canada.com
General Motors Corp. will build a new small car at a plant near Detroit in a move that will save 1,400 jobs in Michigan but shutter plants in Wisconsin and Tennessee. GM said it would make a new subcompact at its Orion Township assembly plant rather than plants in Janesville, Wisc., or Spring Hill, Tenn. More    E-mail article




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