| || General Motors Announces Plant Closings |
| News reports Monday said General Motors Corp. plans to close its sport-utility vehicle production factory in Janesville, Wis., Dec. 23 and its stamping plant in Wyoming, Mich., on by the end of 2009. |
The Janesville assembly plant employs 1,200 workers and makes the GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban SUVs.
Work done at the Michigan stamping plant is to be shifted to other GM facilites. About 40 percent of all parts manufactured at the plant are used in pick-up trucks and SUV's, vehicles that have seen a decline in demand as gas prices have risen. There are about 1,350 workers at the Wyoming, Mich., facility.
| Audi AG has selected Alcoa to supply forged aluminum wheels with its Dura-Bright technology surface treatment for the new 2009 Audi A6 recently debuting at the Paris International Motor Show. Read More |
| 3M has agreed to acquire Financire Burgienne, a provider of finished license plates under the FAAB and FABRICAUTO brands in France. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Read More |
| Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corp. was selected by Embraer to supply four systems on the Legacy 450 mid-light and Legacy 500 mid-size business jets. The packages include the nose wheel steering system, landing gear control and indication system, landing gear extension and retraction system, and the hydraulic system control module. The total package represents $100 million in revenue over the life of the program. Read More |
| Goodrich Corp. has received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for a lightweight durable fan cowl design for V2500-A5 engine nacelles. Goodrich's Aerostructures business unit, through its Alabama Service Center in Foley, Ala., will provide a one-piece, or monolithic, fan cowl as part of its Prime Solutions(sm) aftermarket support program. Read More |
| The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command awarded General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products two new orders to produce Hydra-70 rockets and warheads. The combined value of the orders is approximately $85 million; deliveries will begin in May 2010. Read More |
| The U.S. Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Ill., awarded General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems a $33 million contract with up to four option years for the production of a variety of 20mm PGU ammunition. General Dynamics will produce 20mm PGU-27A/B Training Practice (TP), the PGU-30A/B Training Practice with Tracer (TP-T) and the PGU-28A/B Semi-Armor Piercing High Explosive Incendiary tactical rounds. If all options are exercised the contract value would exceed $500 million. Read More |
| General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics got a $9 million contract from U.S. Army TACOM-Rock Island, Ill., for production of M2HB machine guns. Deliveries on the contract are expected to begin in late 2009. Read More |
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