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Domestics, Transplants Adding More Auto Jobs

Chrysler, VW, Honda responding to booming sales.

by on Feb.02, 2012

Chrysler will add another 1,000 U.S. workers to support production of the Dodge Dart.

The strong upturn in U.S. car sales will translate into a wave of new jobs for American auto workers.  Chrysler, Volkswagen and Honda all are announcing plans to expand production – meaning more workers – at plants across the country.

The biggest increase announced this week comes at Chrysler.  During a call to discuss the maker’s $183 million profit for 2011, CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed the maker will add another 1,000 workers at a plant in Belvidere, Illinois.  That will come in the form of a third shift to handle production of the new Dodge Dart sedan.

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Chrysler has added thousands of jobs in the last 12 months and is preparing to ramp up production – and employment at several other facilities, including about 1,600 workers who will man a third shift at the Jeep plant near downtown Detroit and another Motor City facility that will begin production of the newly-updated Dodge Viper sports car later this year.

But the domestic makers – Ford and General Motors also on a hiring binge – aren’t alone, a new study suggesting 100,000 U.S. auto jobs will be added this year and next.


Obama Admin Presses Success of Auto Industry

President at D.C. Auto Show, VP Biden off to Michigan supplier.

by on Jan.31, 2012

The President checks out a Chevrolet Volt at the Washington Auto Show.

Barely a week after declaring “the U.S. Auto industry is back,” in the state-of-the-union message, President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden took that message on the road,  the two men pressing for still more job growth – and for a political advantage in the upcoming election.

The President, who has had to defend his decision to bail out both General Motors and Chrysler, paid a visit to the annual Washington Auto Show to get a look at the latest models and to make it clear he will stand by his controversial decision.  Meanwhile, VP Biden  will be landing in Grand Rapids on Wednesday to visit an automotive supplier and promote the administration’s call for manufacturing jobs to return to the U.S.

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“It’s good to remember the fact that there were some folks who were willing to let this industry die,” Pres. Obama said during his tour of the auto show – a direct reference not only to the general position of the Republican party but specifically the stand taken by Mitt Romney, the apparent front-runner for the GOP’s presidential nomination.


American Auto Industry A Highlight in Obama State-of-the-Union

“The American auto industry is back.”

by on Jan.25, 2012

Pres. Obama giving the state-of-the-union address.

At a time when the American government appears all but paralyzed by partisanship, where concerns remain about the U.S. economy and an upcoming election raises questions about the fundamental direction the nation must take, President Barack Obama came out swinging as he began his state-of-the-union address on Tuesday night.

And the president put the spotlight on two key success stories as a highlight of both what the nation can achieve – and what he and his administration have accomplished.  Members of both parties quickly jumped to their feet as he praised the men and women of the American military.  But there were cheers yet again when he turned to manufacturing and, in particular, to revival of the auto industry.

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“We bet on American workers.  We bet on American ingenuity.  And tonight, the American auto industry is back,” the president proclaimed.

It was an in-your-face reference to the controversial, $85 billion bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, a move that still has many conservatives referring to the two manufacturers as “Government Motors,” nearly three years after they entered bankruptcy, and despite their collective recovery.


Auto Industry to Add Nearly 200,000 U.S. Jobs

Car business again a key driver of the economy.

by on Dec.01, 2011

Workers at a Ford plant in Detroit. The maker will add thousands of jobs as part of its new UAW contract.

There’s an old adage that when the economy catches a cold the auto industry comes down with pneumonia, as was apparent when Detroit’s makers struggled for survival in 2009, two of the Big Three plunging into bankruptcy. But with the overall economy now struggling to turn around it seems that the auto industry is pushing it into high gear – car sales showing newfound momentum and –according to a new study – carmakers getting ready to go on a hiring spree.

A new study by The Center for Auto Research estimates the U.S., auto industry will add 60,000 new jobs next year, and 190,000 jobs between now and 2015.

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Detroit’s three makers and their “transplant” rivals have already added or announced plans to add tens of thousands of new workers but the CAR study suggests the bulk of the new jobs it is anticipating will be added by automotive suppliers.


DOE Proposes 27 “Energy Efficiency” Penalties

Chinese, Japanese, Korean firms accused of not certifying compliance with U.S. efficiency or conservation rules.

by on Sep.13, 2010

DOE has been severely criticized for its lack of enforcement of U.S. regulations.

The Department of Energy today announced 27 new proposed penalties against companies selling products in the United States without certifying that they comply with energy efficiency or water conservation standards.

The legally required certifications are said to ensure that products sold in the U.S. deliver significant energy and cost savings to buyers. Prior to the Obama Administration, the Department had never systematically enforced DOE’s 35-year-old energy efficiency standards. Lax enforcement of energy efficiency standards undermines the goal of increased energy efficiency – now clearly a national security issue.

There are other implications as well. While not directly automotive industry related, today’s enforcement actions – coming on top of a newly activist Department of Transportation in automotive safety matters and the  U.S. Trade Representatives’ duties on Chinese tire imports, among other well-publicized examples –  are the latest indications that an industrial policy of sorts to protect manufacturing jobs is underway across the Obama Administration.

The U.S. is alone among industrial nations – either communist run or elected democracies – to lack formal policies to protect U.S. jobs, now a contentious mid-term election year issue with record high unemployment levels not seen since the Great Depression.


President Obama to Visit Detroit Area Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chevrolet Volt Plants Today

Renewed push defending auto bailouts, touting job creation.

by on Jul.30, 2010

Without intervention a million jobs would have been lost, according to a new report.

President Obama will visit the Jefferson North plant of Chrysler in Detroit where Jeep Grand Cherokee models are made and then stop by a nearby General Motors plant in Hamtramck where the Chevrolet Volt hybrid will be built.

At both stops, and another next week at a Ford Explorer plant in Chicago, the President will promote the taxpayer programs that saved or created “Detroit Three” automaker jobs.

The unpopular bailouts and how much of the more than $80 billion used will be returned are one of many contentious election-year issues.

Both Chrysler and General Motors of course received billions of dollars in taxpayer financing to allow them to emerge from bankruptcies last year. And Ford Motor Company received billions to retool its plants.

As a result, the Administration will claim that the 2,800 jobs at Jefferson North and the 1,100 employees at Hamtramck, among thousands of others, were saved by the unpopular loans, which now has U.S. taxpayers as the majority holder in GM, with a substantial position in Fiat run Chrysler.

Ahead of the trip the Administration released a new study on the auto industry. It said that in the year before the Chrysler and GM bankruptcies, the companies lost almost 340,000 jobs.  In the year since then, 55,000 jobs have been added to these companies.

“If we hadn’t stepped in when we did, most observers believe at least a million jobs would have been lost,” said Ed Montgomery, the head of the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers.

“While there is still a long way to go, the report points out that the companies are also showing positive signs of financial performance. In the first quarter, all of them made operating profits. That’s the first time that’s happened since 2004,” said Montgomery.

President Vows to “Collect Every Dime” of Taxpayer Funds that Helped Big Banks

The real issue is “brother can you spare a dime.”

by on Jan.16, 2010

During the past two years, more than seven million U.S. residents have lost their jobs.

In this week’s address, President Barack Obama proposed a fee on major financial firms to recoup – on behalf of American taxpayers – the $700 billion paid out in TARP, saying, “we want the taxpayers’ money back, and we’re going to collect every dime.”

The latest populist appeal follows well-known political tactics used by both Republican and Democratic politicians to shift the focus from their lack of action on resolving issues. And one of the real issues that is at the core of the Troubled Asset Relief program – TARP–  is that almost three-quarters of trillion dollars of borrowed taxpayer money was spent with little if any positive effect on job creation.

During the past two years, more than seven million residents of the U.S. have lost their jobs. Moreover, our manufacturing sector – a great creator of jobs and wealth – is in tatters from the lack of industrial policies that all other industrial nations have long had.

U.S. taxpayers are outraged, to put it mildly, over the billions in Wall Street welfare payments they involuntarily made, which are now being recycled to financial executives in multi-million dollar bonuses. A clear majority are also against the auto bailouts. The banking bonus bumble is made more outrageous with U.S. unemployment growing to levels unseen since the Great Depression.

The fact that GM in a Security and Exchange Commission filing yesterday revealed that it is paying one Wall Street consultant on its Board, Stephen Girsky, almost $1 million a year is going to raise questions and increase the anger of opponents of taxpayer bailouts.

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In a deft political move that has policy implications, President Obama is now proposing a Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee that would require the largest and most highly leveraged Wall Street firms to pay back taxpayers for the federal assistance provided, so that the TARP program does not add to the deficit. Whether the auto companies are mired in this populist controversy remains to be seen. Moreover, the bankers and Republican party are not going to embrace this bill.


General Aviation Shipments Down In First Quarter

Overall manufacturing decline is affecting broad segments of the economy, cutting high-paying jobs.

by on May.11, 2009

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Estimates show that 15,000 high-paying jobs were lost in the U.S. during the past several months.

The ability of manufacturing to create wealth and high-paying jobs continues to be hampered by the global Great Recession. The latest evidence of how badly the economic crisis is affecting living standards comes from the very industry that supplies the titans of industry who brought on the crisis in the first place. Aviation might sell to multi-millionaires, but it largely employs skilled, middle class American workers, an increasingly threatened but highly productive group.

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) said that in the first three months of 2009 deliveries of general aviation airplanes totaled 462 units, a 41% drop from the same period last year, with industry billings falling 18.2% to $4.34 billion.

This is roughly the same decline that automakers are facing, but in general aviation, a category that excludes the largest airliners and military planes, the production numbers are much smaller, and the sales prices much higher. So just 462 units, or the output of  one shift of a GM final assembly plant, translates into a billion dollar hit, perhaps not much by Washington’s standards but real money for people struggling in the real economy.

Industry estimates show that 15,000 good jobs evaporated in the U.S. during the past several months as such historic companies as Cessna, Mooney, Piper and Gulfstream grappled with the ongoing crisis. Cessna Aircraft Company in Kansas is the world’s largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2008, Cessna delivered 1,301 aircraft, including a market-leading 467 Citation business jets, while reporting revenues of about $5.6 billion. Cessna has a backlog of $13 billion as of March 31, 2009, but it too has been laying off workers since last November, cutting about 6,000 of 15,000 employees, as sales dwindle and it reorganizes.    (more…)