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Fearing that a couple dozen of its U.S. suppliers could shut down production, Toyota has established a "war room" to monitor suppliers and has begun to warehouse assembly components. While the move marks a departure from the automaker's "just in time" production philosophy, a mantra that associates stockpiling with inefficiency and waste, a bankruptcy by one of the Detroit 3 could knock-out a key supplier crippling the Japanese automaker's North American factories. It is a widespread problem, as

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Rick Wagoner, embattled head of General Motors, appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday morning news program, and confessed that GM is stockpiling parts and complete vehicles in an attempt to protect the automaker in case its spin-off supplier Delphi decides to strike. Indeed, this comes as little surprise to those who have noted the unusually large discrepancy between GM first-quarter sales and production figures. Wagoner admits that the strike bank won't do much, if anything, to k

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