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With $50 million in new business from General Motors and Ford Motor Co., Wyoming auto supplier Undercar Products Groups Inc. has expanded its facility at 4247 Eastern Avenue SE.

Published in In the News

Long awaited news from the former General Motors stamping plant, now Site 36 in Wyoming, hit today as Portage-based Kendall Electric announced the purchase of a portion of the 90-acre site to make way for a new 100,000-square-foot facility.

Published in In the News
Sunday, 18 August 2013 22:00

Cars sell, but who's buying?

Despite automakers’ lackluster results in wooing Millennial buyers with new technology and hip ad campaigns, it turns out the 18 to 31 crowd does want to buy cars. The problem: They’re too broke. So carmakers have shifted their focus to age groups that are more likely to purchase new vehicles soon. They’re looking at you, Baby Boomers and Gen Xers.

Published in Focus

A move by General Motors to make the 2014 Chevrolet Volt more affordable will likely help boost sales in the short term, but the price cut probably still won’t help the automaker meet its sales projections.

Published in Manufacturing

A Holland advanced battery manufacturer that's been plagued by controversy has finally wrapped up pre-production testing and is ready to begin shipping its lithium-ion batteries to General Motors.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 21 July 2013 22:00

The automotive rally continues

A handful of recent reports and data sets paint a blindingly positive picture of the North American automotive industry.

Published in Manufacturing

American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. (NYSE: AAM) plans to invest $102 million into its Three Rivers campus, about 25 miles south of Kalamazoo, as part of a broader corporate expansion.

The move demonstrates the Tier 1 auto industry supplier’s growing confidence in the sustainability of the national economic recovery and the recovery of the auto industry, which is positioned to sell about 14 million units in 2012.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 13 February 2012 13:54

Auto industry gears up for promising future

The reports that the automotive industry is back are not exaggerated, and it showed at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. North American auto sales were up 10.3 percent in 2011 to nearly 12.8 million units, and the Detroit automakers, typically the ones West Michigan suppliers have had the deepest supplier relationships with, had a combined market share of 47.1 percent.

Published in Manufacturing

More than a dozen of the 41 new vehicles launched during the press preview of the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit were hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric or all-electric vehicles.

Published in Technology
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