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    Retooled Ford Wayne assembly plant to be company's most flexible
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    Workers building pre-production 2012 Ford Focus – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Ford is crowing that its freshly retooled Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI is now the most flexible final assembly factory in its global network. The Wayne plant used to assemble the Expedition and ...

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    Canada giving Ford C$80 million for new facilities
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    The Canadian government and Ford have agreed on a deal to provide the Blue Oval $80 million worth of incentives over five years towards new and upgraded facilities. The deal specifically applies to Ford's Essex engine plant, which currently produces V8 engines for SUVs and trucks. Upgrades will be ...

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    Desperate times: Ford will retool truck plants to build cars
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    Ford's recent announcement to reduce its white collar workforce costs by 15% shows that Mulally & Co. are dead-serious about turning around the Dearborn, MI automaker. The newest twist in the FoMoCo saga takes the situation from serious to near desperate, as plant managers and union ...

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    Dodge Nitro production begins
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    The Dodge Nitro is now rolling off the assembly line at Chrysler's Toledo North Assembly Plant in Ohio, preparing to hit a dealership near you starting later this fall. The key to the Nitro's production is Chrysler's oh-so-flexible plant, where it shares a line with the Jeep Liberty. Depending ...

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    First Jeep Compass rolls off the line
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    The Dodge Caliber's Jeep sibling, the Compass, started production at the Chrysler Group's plant in Belvidere, Ill., where the automaker will also start making the Jeep Patriot this fall. Chrysler's flexible manufacturing processes are said to be behind the plant's versatility and efficiency, ...

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