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  • More gears, more jobs:  Chrysler’s 9-speed transmission Jeep adds employment in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan

    More gears, more jobs: Chrysler’s 9-speed transmission Jeep adds employment in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan

    Later this year, Chrysler will begin selling a Jeep Grand Cherokee equipped with a nine-speed transmission – a global first for a light-duty vehicle. This cutting-edge technology is seen as a step forward by both environmentalists (because the new technology improves fuel economy) and gearheads (because gearheads love more gears).

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  • American auto industry on verge of hiring spree

    American auto industry on verge of hiring spree

    by Tom Krisher, Associated Press — June 9  2013 The auto industry is about to go on a hiring spree as car makers and parts suppliers race to find engineers, technicians and factory workers to build the next generation of vehicles. The new employees will be part of a larger, busier workforce. From coast to coast, the industry is in top gear. Factories are operating at about 95% of capacity, and many are already running three shifts. As a result, [...]

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  • Toyota’s Indiana plant jobs exceed projection

    Toyota’s Indiana plant jobs exceed projection

    Indianapolis Star June 5, 2013 Toyota Indiana says its $4.2 billion Princeton plant will soon hire 90 employees as the company ramps up production of its new Highlander SUV. The jobs announcement Tuesday reflects 46 more hires than expected when the company announced in February a $400 million expansion of its Gibson County plant to accommodate increased Highlander production, a news release said… The plant also will produce the next-generation Highlanders, as well as a hybrid version of the SUV [...]

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  • GM Pumps $332 Million into New Fuel-Efficient Powertrains

    GM Pumps $332 Million into New Fuel-Efficient Powertrains

    by Anita Lienert, Edmonds.com, April 4, 2013 DETROIT‚Äî General Motors on Thursday said it will invest $332 million to build new fuel-efficient powertrains, including a new Ecotec small gasoline engine family, a new V6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new small Ecotec is part of a new family of gasoline engines that includes three- and four-cylinder variants with displacements ranging from 1.0 to 1.5 liters. Read more…

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  • “A Huge Success Story” Fuel-efficient engines and transmissions boost jobs in Ohio and Indiana

    “A Huge Success Story” Fuel-efficient engines and transmissions boost jobs in Ohio and Indiana

    “When I took this job in 2008,” says Mike Gammella, president of UAW Local 1250 in Brook Park, Ohio, “we had the foundry announced to be closed, and Engine Plant #1 had 66 people. It looked like we were vanishing.” But instead of vanishing, Ford’s Cleveland Engine Plant #1 is now gaining $200 million in new investment, hundreds of new jobs, and a hot-selling new engine: the 2.0 liter EcoBoost, which powers several Ford vehicles and up until now has [...]

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  • Chrysler Investment Means New Jobs, Improved Fuel Economy

    Chrysler Investment Means New Jobs, Improved Fuel Economy

    by Jeff Gilbert WWJ Newsradio 950/CBS-Detroit February 28, 2013 Chrysler is putting $374 million into its Kokomo, Indiana transmission plant, adding 1,250 new jobs. “Let me just say that Kokomo is buzzing right now with energy,” said Brad Clark, who heads the transmission team at Kokomo. There are currently 6,000 workers at four plants in Kokomo. Chrysler will purchase a fifth plant from a supplier and use it to build all new nine speed transmissions. Read more and listen to [...]

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