Economic Contribution

Ford plans additions, upgrades at Truck Plant

Ford Motor Co. has filed plans with metro regulators outlining its next series of improvements in its continuing effort to upgrade its Kentucky Truck Plant at Chamberlain Lane and Westport Road.

Ford Motor Land Development Corp. of Dearborn, Mich., a Ford Motor affiliate that undertakes corporate development projects, filed the improvement plans last week with the Metro Department of Planning & Design Services.

General Motors Corp. to invest $290 million for upgrades to Corvette Plant in Bowling Green

General Motors Corp. plans to invest $290 million to improve technology and processes at its Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday.

The $290 million includes a $153 million new project aimed at improving vehicle assembly line processes. Two ongoing projects at the Warren County plant – a $44 million, 36-job capacity expansion of the Performance Build Center and a $439 million investment in a new paint shop and other facility upgrades – increased by about $137 million.

GM, Ford Dominate 'Made in America' List

General Motors and Ford are building the most American-made cars, trucks and SUVs, according to an annual report from American University.

GM and Ford dominated the 2016 Kogod Made in America Auto Index Opens a New Window., which analyzes how much each vehicle relies on domestic parts. The index, compiled by associate professor Frank DuBois at American University’s Kogod School of Business, also takes into account research and development, profit margins and labor, among other items.

The ‘Made in America Index’ tells you how much of your car was built at home

Frank DuBois developed auto index and said, “What I’m trying to do is provide more information to consumers. After a house, a car is the largest purchase decision you’re going to make. If you believe country of origin is a critical part of the decision, this index provides you more information than what you’ll see on a sticker at a dealership.”

 

Ford Motor Company Sponsors Summer Engineering Program Scholarships for Middle School Girls

This July, Michigan Technological University’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) will host 24 exceptional middle school students from five Midwestern states.  Ten of them have won a new, competitive scholarship called Junior Women in Engineering, funded by $10,000 from the Ford Motor Company.

The weeklong program will take place on the Michigan Tech campus in Houghton, Michigan, July 24 to 30, 2016.

The program is an exploration of the various types of engineering, showcasing future career paths. 

Cadillac Bets on Virtual Dealerships

Buyers walking into a Cadillac dealer in the near future could find an interesting thing on the car lot: nothing.

In a somewhat unprecedented way of moving metal, Cadillac President  Johan de Nysschen will this month begin looking for commitments from some store owners willing to set up showrooms where buyers can get a car serviced or learn about products via virtual reality headsets without getting behind the wheel.