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GM Canada's company town has learned from past layoffs

by Emma Jacobs 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
Trade showdown

Why the auto industry (mostly) opposes proposed tariffs

by Tracey Samuelson 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.
Alexander Koerner/Getty Images
Trade Off: Stories of Globalization and Backlash

"We make German cars, in America"

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar 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.
Bridget Bodnar/Marketplace
Trade Off: Stories of Globalization and Backlash

The place where globalization kept its promise

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar 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

by Marketplace Contributor 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.
Carrie Jung

Is generosity enough to prop up this post-recession town?

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar 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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