auto jobs http://michiganradio.org en GM making a 'significant' announcement in Flint today http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-making-significant-announcement-flint-today <p>General Motors plans to make a “significant manufacturing” announcement in Flint today.</p><p>General Motors officials have declined to say what they plan to announce at the Flint Assembly plant.</p><p>But they have confirmed that Governor Rick Snyder and GM North America President Mark Reuss will be there.</p><p>The announcement in Flint coincides with an appearance by outgoing GM CEO Dan Akerson at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., where he’s scheduled to speak on the automaker’s plans for future investment in the U.S.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:56:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15701 at http://michiganradio.org GM making a 'significant' announcement in Flint today With this week's announcements, is there a new future for Michigan's auto industry? http://michiganradio.org/post/weeks-announcements-there-new-future-michigans-auto-industry <p>It’s been a big week for Michigan’s auto industry.</p><p>A report from Business Leaders for Michigan revealed a plan to bring <a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20131212/NEWS/131219951/business-leaders-for-michigan-unveils-strategy-to-grow-auto-industry">100,000 automotive jobs</a> to the sector. And General Motors announced the next CEO of the company will be Mary Barra. She’ll be the first female CEO in the car industry.</p><p>Daniel Howes, a business columnist from The Detroit News, talks with us about this week’s announcements.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:05:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 15661 at http://michiganradio.org With this week's announcements, is there a new future for Michigan's auto industry? Stateside for Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-july-3rd-2013 <p>It was dangerous! Explosions, injuries! No, not the war for Independence, but how we used to celebrate it. On today’s show, we went back a hundred years to see how Michiganders used to mark the 4th of July.</p><p>And, we spoke with Mardi Jo Link, author of the new book, "Bootstrapper: A Memoir. From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm."</p><p>And, we looked into what’s behind the increase in backyard chicken farming here in Michigan.</p><p>Also, Andy Webb, owner of Captain Boom Fireworks in Otsego, joined us to talk about the new adjustment to the fireworks law.</p><p>And, we continued our week-long series of stories from immigrants about what America means to them. Today we talked to Koffi Itito. He fled the small West African nation of Togo in 2004. Now, he helps other refugees through his work at Freedom House in Detroit.</p><p>First on the show, to anyone who endured the dark days of the Great Recession with the near-death ordeals of General Motors and Chrysler, it seems nearly impossible to believe the "Help Wanted" sign is out at the car makers and their parts suppliers.</p><p>The Center for Automotive Research predicts the auto industry will add 35,000 jobs this year.&nbsp; One auto supply executive calls it "an employee's market."</p><p>We wondered if this is a true hiring spree and if this can been seen as a return to the "glory days" of the car industry, or should we keep our collective guard up for fear of easily sliding back into the dark days of soft sales and layoffs?</p><p>David Cole, the Chairman Emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research, joined us today to discuss what’s behind these new jobs.</p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:47:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 13369 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 The auto industry is predicted to add 35,000 jobs in 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/auto-industry-predicted-add-35000-jobs-2013 <p>To anyone who endured the dark days of the Great Recession with the near-death ordeals of General Motors and Chrysler, it seems nearly impossible to believe the "Help Wanted" sign is out at the car makers and their parts suppliers.</p><p>The Center for Automotive Research predicts the auto industry will add 35,000 jobs in 2013. One auto supply executive calls it "an employee's market."</p><p>We wondered if this is a true hiring spree and if this can been seen as a return to the "glory days" of the car industry, or should we keep our collective guard up for fear of easily sliding back into the dark days of soft sales and layoffs?</p><p>David Cole, the Chairman Emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research, joined us today to discuss what’s behind these new jobs and whether or not these good times will last.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:41:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 13363 at http://michiganradio.org The auto industry is predicted to add 35,000 jobs in 2013 Chinese automakers and businesses quietly move into Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/chinese-automakers-and-businesses-quietly-move-detroit <p>This morning, the <em>New York Times</em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/13/business/global/chinese-automakers-quietly-build-a-detroit-presence.html?pagewanted=1&amp;_r=0&amp;hp">reported on the slow and steady increase of Chinese companies</a> setting up in metro-Detroit.</p><p>The NYT's Bill Vlasic reports it has been a largely unannounced trend – and given the public opposition experienced by Japanese automakers – it is most likely an intentionally quiet entrance.</p><blockquote><p>Chinese-owned companies are investing in American businesses and new vehicle technology, selling everything from seat belts to shock absorbers in retail stores, and hiring experienced engineers and designers in an effort to soak up the talent and expertise of domestic automakers and their suppliers.</p></blockquote><p>Overall, most Chinese suppliers are interested in expanding their direct business with Detroit car companies. Many Detroit car companies rely on low-wage countries like Mexico to get common car parts. Chinese companies are trying to change that. Mon, 13 May 2013 15:08:42 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12537 at http://michiganradio.org Chinese automakers and businesses quietly move into Detroit Report: Metro Detroit #1 for 'job sprawl' http://michiganradio.org/post/report-metro-detroit-1-job-sprawl <p><a href="http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Multimedia/Interactives/2013/job_sprawl/Detroit.pdf">Detroit has the most “job sprawl” of any metropolitan area in the country,</a> according to a new Brookings Institution report that looks at how jobs are distributed throughout metro regions.</p><p>The report found that 77 percent of metro Detroit’s jobs are more than 10 miles outside the city’s central business district. The nationwide average is 43 percent.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:33:59 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12219 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Metro Detroit #1 for 'job sprawl' Japanese auto supplier set to invest $150 million in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/japanese-auto-supplier-set-invest-150-million-michigan <p>Japanese auto supplier Denso has announced a four-year, $1 billion expansion in North America, including a $150 million investment in Michigan.</p><p>According to plans revealed at the North American International Auto Show on Tuesday, the auto supplier could hire a combined 400 new workers at its technical center in Southfield and manufacturing plant in Battle Creek.</p><p>Nathan Borney of the Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130115/BUSINESS03/130115018/Expansion-by-Japanese-supplier-Denso-could-add-400-jobs-Michigan">has more</a>:</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:12:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10779 at http://michiganradio.org Japanese auto supplier set to invest $150 million in Michigan Chrysler adds third shift, 1,100 jobs at Detroit plant http://michiganradio.org/post/chrysler-adds-third-shift-1100-jobs-detroit-plant <p>A third shift beginning next week at Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit will add about 1,100 new jobs.</p><p>The new shift is being added to keep up with increased demand for the Jeep Grand Cherokee.</p><p>Brent Snavely from <a href="http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012310260040">the Detroit Free Press</a> has the story:</p><blockquote><p>Adding the third crew now was driven by the mounting cost of overtime Jefferson North's workers have logged in recent months. Newly hired workers start at a lower wage to which the UAW agreed in its 2011 contract.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 19:45:04 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9646 at http://michiganradio.org Chrysler adds third shift, 1,100 jobs at Detroit plant Forbes: Detroit ranks 3rd in adjusted wages compared to national average http://michiganradio.org/post/forbes-detroit-ranks-3rd-adjusted-wages-compared-national-average <p>Detroit has the third highest average annual income out of the 51 largest metropolitan areas in the country.</p><p>Shocked? Let me explain.</p><p>Forbes Magazine and the <a href="http://www.praxissg.com/index.php">Praxis Strategy Group</a> re-ranked the incomes in these 51 cities after adjusting for cost of living. Not surprisingly, it turns out a dollar goes a lot farther in Detroit than in, say, New York City or Boston.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:21:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8288 at http://michiganradio.org Forbes: Detroit ranks 3rd in adjusted wages compared to national average Ford and the UAW http://michiganradio.org/post/ford-and-uaw <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">There&rsquo;s a fair amount of grumbling in union ranks over the new four-year contract the United Auto Workers reached with Ford.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Some workers are unhappy that they failed to gain back concessions, and that there is nothing new for the retirees, who overwhelmingly outnumber those still working on the line.</font></font></font></font></p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 15:06:01 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4448 at http://michiganradio.org Ford and the UAW Growing West Michigan auto-supplier hiring big, again http://michiganradio.org/post/growing-west-michigan-auto-supplier-hiring-big-again <p>Zeeland-based Gentex Corporation is the world&rsquo;s largest supplier of auto-dimming review mirrors. The company has hired 1,200 people in the last two years. Now it&rsquo;s looking to hire another 1,100 people in the next five years. That&rsquo;s a 65 percent&nbsp;increase in its workforce since 2008. Tue, 16 Aug 2011 18:15:34 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3778 at http://michiganradio.org Growing West Michigan auto-supplier hiring big, again Detroit 3 ready to hire - but not at previous level http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-3-ready-hire-not-previous-level <p>The Detroit Three are poised to create new auto jobs for the first time in years.&nbsp; But an expert at the Center for Automotive Research warns that auto manufacturing jobs will never recover to their former levels.&nbsp;</p><p>Ford, GM, and Chrysler closed a lot of plants over the past ten years, so many of the remaining plants are working at full capacity as new car sales improve.&nbsp;</p><p>Sean McAlinden is an economist with the Center for Automotive Research .</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Almost the last layoff at GM and Ford have been recalled,&quot; says McAlinden, &quot;so any additional production through the summer requires new hiring.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>McAlinden says the Detroit Three will likely hire 35,000 people in the next five years.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But that&rsquo;s only about a third of the people who lost jobs with the companies in the past few years.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>McAlinden says auto jobs will plateau after 2015, which is why Michigan still needs to diversify its economy. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 22:06:19 +0000 Tracy Samilton 2051 at http://michiganradio.org