Economic Contribution

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.

General Motors shows off Delta Plant improvements

The Delta Township GM plant builds the Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave, and GMC Acadia. But all of that has stopped.

The last 32 days, workers have training for something new.

"Everyone needs to be certified on any new tooling. Any new job stations that are set up so that you are certified on your job" said GM's Lansing Communications, Erin Davis.

General Motors has invested $583 million into the plant. $63 million for expansion and another $520 million for what it says could be vehicle programs.

Ford CEO on steering the 113 year old giant towards a future of mobility and autonomous cars

Ford President and CEO Mark Fields may have one of the most challenging jobs of any executive here at Code Conference: transition a 113 year old auto-maker into a product and mobility services business. All this must happen without alienating current consumers, damaging the existing brand and negotiating with regulators.

The cars of our future will have advanced autonomous features, and hardware and software designed to deliver all kinds of content where and how consumers want it, said Fields.

How GM Is Lightweighting Its Cars With Advanced Manufacturing Technology

General Motors is operating full steam ahead when it comes to integrating lightweight materials and innovative manufacturing techniques into its new passenger cars and trucks. That was the takeaway after Kelley Blue Book‘s recent visit to the iconic GM Design Dome at its Warren Tech Center outside Detroit, Michigan.