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From research labs and supplier factories to assembly lines and dealership showrooms, the auto industry supports nearly 8 million jobs, pays $500 billion in annual compensation and generates $70 billion in personal tax revenue in the United States.

And, as low-skill manufacturing has shifted overseas (for example, in textiles or some consumer electronics), the importance of high-skill manufacturing, like automobiles, has risen. With auto sales rebounding from the financial crisis of the 2008 – 2009, automakers’ importance to our economy will continue to grow. Industry experts predict Chrysler, Ford and GM could hire 34,000 new workers over the next four years. And those new jobs will support about 300,000 more new jobs at auto suppliers and other local businesses that serve Chrysler, Ford and GM plants.

Chrysler, Ford and GM are just three of 16 major global automakers competing in the U.S., but they employ two-thirds of America’s autoworkers, purchase nearly two-thirds of the auto parts manufactured here, produce 55 percent of the autos assembled here and conduct most of America’s auto research and development.

Why do Chrylser, Ford and GM contribute so much more to our economy? Because they conduct the bulk of their engineering, manufacturing, marketing and finance work here. Four out of 10 Chrysler, Ford and GM employees are based in the U.S. At Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai/Kia, BMW, Mercedes and VW (the seven largest foreign automakers), only five in 100 employees are based here. That eight-fold difference translates into millions of U.S. jobs and tens of billions of dollars in parts sales, R&D and capital investment each year.

May 09 2014
Written by Rene Wisley | Posted on The Detroit News

 

Building electric vehicles has become a family affair for Detroiter Evetta Osborne, 47, and her daughter, Monique Watson, 28, of Livonia.

They see each other daily because they work side-by-side at General Motors Co.’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant.

The mother-daughter duo have installed nearly every lithium-ion battery pack for GM’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicles — Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera, Holden Volt, and Cadillac ELR — since the Volt was in pre-production in 2009.

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May 09 2014
Written by Joseph Szczesny | Posted on Daily Tribune

The comeback of the Chrysler Group has led to a dramatic growth in employment at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles North American headquarters and technical center in Auburn Hills and more is anticipated in the new five-year plan the automaker laid out this week.

Chrysler Group employment in Auburn Hills has climbed to more than 14,000 today after dropping to around 7,500 during the company’s bankruptcy five years ago.

The Auburn Hills’ numbers includes 450 summer interns, underscoring FCA chief executive Sergio Marchionne’s faith in the future.

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May 01 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

 

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it has started construction on a new facility for race engine design and development at its Global Powertrain headquarters in Pontiac, as the automaker works to bring together its North American powertrain engineering group for production as well as advanced and racing engines.

The automaker said the construction project also includes adding an electric motor lab to build prototype electric motors, and a gear center that supports designing and testing of gears in next-generation transmissions.

Apr 29 2014
Chrysler Media Group
  • Adds 15,000 square feet of interactive training for manufacturing employees
  • More than 9,000 participants trained since grand opening in 2012
  • Now teaching 45 different hands-on classes; originally started with four classes

April 28, 2014 , Warren, Mich. - After officially opening more than two years ago, the final touches on a significant expansion in both square-footage and educational programming at Chrysler Group’s World Class Manufacturing (WCM) Academy were completed early this year.

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Apr 09 2014
Written by Jeff Bennett | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

General Motors Co. GM -2.23%  on Tuesday announced a $449 million investment in two Michigan plants to bolster the development and production of its Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR hybrid-electric vehicles.