Southern car plants are humming, but worker vaccinations have stalled

Jun 21, 2021
Auto makers are trying to figure out the best way to encourage more workers to get vaccinated.
General Motors’ Spring Hill, Tennessee site, along with most car plants, is continuing to require masks for employees building cars as many plants struggle to reach a level of herd immunity.
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What's been driving strong auto sales?

Nov 3, 2020
Automakers are still trying to meet demand after production dropped in the early days of the pandemic.
People look to buy a car at a dealership in New Jersey shortly after it reopened in May.
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Ford records $2 billion first-quarter loss from shutdown

Apr 29, 2020
The auto manufacturer says its global operations hit the "off" switch, and anticipates higher losses in the second quarter.
A Ford worker at an F-150 truck plant in Michigan.
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GM Canada's company town has learned from past layoffs

Dec 6, 2018
As the automaker's Oshawa, Ontario, plant has shed jobs, the local economy has been forced to diversify.
Image of the General Motors plant and headquarters in the 1940s.
Courtesy of the Archival Collection at the Oshawa Museum

Why the auto industry (mostly) opposes proposed tariffs

Jul 19, 2018
Even so-called "domestic" carmakers are global companies with international supply chains.
Volkswagen Golfs hang on the assembly line at the company's factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, in March.
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"We make German cars, in America"

Aug 16, 2017
Spartanburg County made a big bet on globalization when they landed a BMW manufacturing facility 25 years ago. Here's what that looks like today.
Inside Assembly North at BMW's Spartanburg manufacturing facility, the biggest BMW factory in the world.
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The place where globalization kept its promise

Aug 15, 2017
It's clear today that not all boats rose in the tide of globalization...but in some places, it sure does feel like it.
A collection of newspapers from BMW's early days in Spartanburg county.
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Arizona aims to become a manufacturing 'mega-region' with the help of Sonora, Mexico

Jun 14, 2017
The state hopes to attract business with cheap land, nearby international ports and supply chain partnerships south of the border.
Gateway Community College instructor Jason Jenkins demonstrates how to type commands into a CNC machine in his industrial technology class. Three community college systems in Arizona will now teach the same curriculum for classes like this.
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Is generosity enough to prop up this post-recession town?

Apr 19, 2017
Janesville, Wisconsin's resources are stretched thin after GM left the city and took jobs with it.
“I wanted to tell the story of a perfectly ordinary place that had lost a slew of jobs in the Great Recession,” said author Amy Goldstein.
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