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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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Bill Ford recently sat down for a four-hour marathon interview with Sarah Webster of the Detroit Free Press. In the heart-to-heart Ford reveals a couple of things about the company's turnaround plans that we found interesting.

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