Auto Industry

Ford laying off 249 at doomed east-side steering plant

September 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Ford Motor Co. is continuing the process of shutting down a subsidiary’s east-side steering plant, filing a notice with the state that it intends to lay off 249 employees around Nov. 19.
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EnerDel parent nets $20M from Russian investor

September 23, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
New York-based Ener1 didn't disclose how it will use the funds coming from Ener1 Group Inc., a company led by Russian industrialist Boris Zingarevich.
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Indy metal-stamping plant faces many hurdles

September 22, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Persuading workers at General Motors' Indianapolis metal-stamping plant to accept a pay cut would be a feat, but it won't be the last challenge that JD Norman Industries would face.
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Subaru of Indiana adds to permanent work force

September 20, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Subaru expects higher production volumes at its Lafayette plant to last well into the future and it is converting 100 temporary positions to permanent status.
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Cummins awarded $6.9 million Army contract

September 14, 2010
The three-year deal calls for the Columbus, Ind.-based diesel engine manufacturer to develop a power train that improves efficiency by reducing fuel consumption and noise, and can run on a wide range of fuels and fuel mixtures.
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Greencastle auto supplier cutting 202 employees

September 13, 2010
International Automotive Components Group said the layoffs will occur in two stages—on Nov. 10 and again on Dec. 13. Expiring contracts are responsible for the cuts, said a company spokesman, who added that the employees could be recalled.
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JD Norman reaching GM workers through mail

September 10, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The UAW's regional office appears to be arranging a contract vote by mail-in ballot. Word on the shop floor is that a ballot will accompany a new proposal, which includes $70,000 cash for union members who work for JD Norman for two years. The offer is double the amount in a previous proposal.
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Fort Wayne hoping to keep some Navistar jobs

September 9, 2010
Associated Press
Fort Wayne officials say they aren't giving up hope that Navistar International Corp. will keep some jobs in the city despite the company's decision to consolidate operations in suburban Chicago.
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EnerDel parent lines up more financing

September 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The parent company of lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel Inc. has raised another $65 million to help finance operations and ramp up its manufacturing operations in the Indianapolis area.
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Delphi plans Kokomo lab as part of $25M project

August 30, 2010
Associated Press
The new engineering lab and a smaller utility building will help consolidate all of Delphi's 1,400 employees in Kokomo.
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Would-be buyer urging GM workers to vote on pay cuts

August 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A businessman seeking to buy General Motors Co.'s Indianapolis metal-stamping plant met with workers Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium to urge them to accept pay cuts allowing the sale.
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Remy rides home new contract from electric motorcycle maker

August 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
MotoCzysz sees the Remy motor as part of an electric motorcycle-based drive system—tailored to automobiles. The companies collaborated on the winning electric bike at Isle of Man race.
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JD Norman boss stumps for UAW to reconsider contract

August 18, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The owner of Illinois-based JD Norman Industries came to Indianapolis to make a personal plea for United Auto Workers Local 23 to allow a vote on his proposed five-year contract.
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Visteon ordered to reinstate health care to retirees

August 17, 2010
Bloomberg News
The mandate from a U.S. bankruptcy judge will supply retroactive benefits to more than 6,000 Visteon Corp. retirees who lost insurance coverage after the Michigan-based auto-parts maker filed for bankruptcy in 2009, including 2,100 workers in Indiana.
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Prospective GM plant buyer pleads case in advertisement

August 17, 2010
JD Norman Industries advertisement tells employees that its proposal to buy the plant would guarantee their GM transfer rights without having to close the facility.
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Hybrid-motor sales help boost Remy's quarterly results

August 17, 2010
Pendleton-based company reported both higher profit and revenue, helped by a 20-percent increase in hybrid-motor sales.
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Economic development officials stunned by GM plant no-vote

August 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Commerce Secretary Mitch Roob said he was completely surprised by local General Motors workers' refusal to vote on a proposed contract by JD Norman Industries, a decision that appears to set up the plant for certain closure.
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UAW halts vote on giveback deal at Indy GM plant

August 15, 2010
Associated Press
UAW Local 23 bargaining chairman Gregory Clark says members won't vote on the proposed contract, which would cut base wages from $29 per hour to $15.50.
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Cash options floated for workers at GM stamping plant

August 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Fliers circulating at General Motors' Indianapolis plant show that union members will be offered cash payments of $25,000 to $35,000 and an opportunity to keep a foot in the door with GM, if they agree to work for JD Norman Industries.
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GM plant offer sets off union power struggle

August 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The UAW in Detroit said Local 23 will vote Monday on Illinois-based JD Norman's proposal to buy an Indianapolis stamping plant where more than 600 work, but a local rep says workers don't want to negotiate.
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Auto parts plant leaving Ohio for Indiana, may employ 350

August 11, 2010
Associated Press
Continental Structural Plastics expects to spend at least $9.1 million on upgrades to the Huntington factory and perhaps have 350 workers working there by 2012.
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Indiana company planning hybrid van gets GM backing

August 4, 2010
Associated Press
Anderson-based Bright Automotive is getting a boost from a $5 million investment by General Motors' new venture capital arm.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Burd Ford flies after tragedy

July 29, 2010
Mason King
Burd_WatchVideoRichard Burd's suicide led to shrewd cost-cutting at the family auto dealership. For Christine Burd, returning to profitability is both heartening and heartbreaking.
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Frankfort manufacturer to build plant in Tennessee

July 28, 2010
Associated Press
NHK Seating of America's plant in Murfreesboro is expected to employ up to 224 workers when all phases of production are operating in 2015.
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Auto plant's 300 jobs draw 3,000 applicants

July 21, 2010
Associated Press
The response to openings at a Chrysler transmission plant in Kokomo reflects the large number of people out of work, a union official said.
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