NORTH AMERICAN AUTOMOTIVE
A Steady Heartbeat in the Heartland
• A $500- million investment in GM's Toledo Transmission Plant to produce a new Hydra- Matic 6L80 six- speed, rear- wheel- drive automatic transmission for full- size SUVs and trucks. "Our strong partnership with the UAW and Local 14 resulted in a unique work agreement that will create a plant within a plant and help usher in an era of new competitively produced, world- class six- speeds," said Joe Choate, plant manager. A new team concept arrangement developed for the facility will include hourly members of UAW Local 14 and salaried employees. The move comes a Chrysler Group adds a third shift at its Toledo North complex, the follow- on to a $600- million investment announced in November 2005.
• A cumulative $545-million investment in five GM facilities in Pontiac, Lansing Grand River, Ypsilanti and Romulus, including $152 million in Ypsilanti for six-speed transmission production.
• Ford's $214- million investment in a new press at its stamping facility in Buffalo, N.Y., which will supply the company's assembly plant across the border in Oakville, Ont.
• Toyota's September 2006 groundbreaking for its 700- acre, $187- million Toyota Technical Center in York Township, Mich. The center will add 400 jobs to the current payroll of 756 by 2010.
• GM's $300- million investment in 3.6L V-6 VVT engine production in Flint, Mich., and $10- million in a new rollover crash testing facility at its Milford Proving Grounds.
• GM's $210- million investment since January 2005 in retooling production for full- size pickups at its plant in Fort Wayne, Ind.
• Three announcements boosted Michigan's future on Oct. 17, 2006: The reopening of a plant in Sterling Heights by Toronto- based AGS Automotive Systems, creating 130 jobs; a $22- million expansion in Plymouth by Karmann Manufacturing LLC (see Jan. 2005 issue of Site Selection), creating 375 jobs; and the consolidation of North American headquarters in Auburn Hills by Siemens VDO Automotive Corp.
• Behr America's $8.5- million expansion of its headquarters in Troy, Mich., and capacity expansion in Dayton, Ohio – even as it makes a $13-million, 250-employee investment in a new Mexican plant. "It should be noted that our new Mexican plant will be built near customer assembly plants in Mexico," said Frank Mueller, president and CEO of Behr America, in 2006. "It will not impact operations at other Behr America plants in North America."
• In a move to supplement its U.S. heartland production, Aisin Seiki, which until now has tried to meet door frame demand from its plant in Seymour, Ind., announced on Oct. 31, 2006, that it would invest approximately US$22.6 million in two plants employing 210 people in Woodstock, Ont., and Stratford, Ont. to serve Toyota; and $5 million in one new plant employing 60 in Stockton, Calif., to serve the NUMMI joint venture assembly plant. The Woodstock and Stockton locations are expected to launch in January 2008 in a bid to increase North American production levels by 50 percent.
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