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AUTOMOTIVE: Auto sales up despite recalls

AUTOMOTIVE: Auto sales up despite recalls

Heavy snowfall and bone-chilling cold hampered auto sales in January and February, but sales are still strong, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group, which operates Chevrolet dealerships in Hammond and Lowell.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am
Steelmakers accelerating after 'slow start' in race for lighter vehicles

Steelmakers accelerating after 'slow start' in race for lighter vehicles

Ford has replaced steel with aluminum in the body of the top-selling F-150, and now General Motors is looking to follow suit by putting more of the lighter and costlier metal in its own pickups.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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AUTOMOTIVE: Auto sales hit their highest point since 2007 last year

AUTOMOTIVE: Auto sales hit their highest point since 2007 last year

Automakers sold about 15.6 million cars last year, the highest number since 2007, when 16.1 million units were sold.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am

Hammond auto parts supplier is hiring

Local staffing and recruitment firm Staff Source is conducting an open house to fill positions for Hammond-based auto parts supplier Contract Services Group.

November 18, 2013 3:51 pm
New plan to drive state's automotive strategy

New plan to drive state's automotive strategy

The Indiana Automotive Council has drafted a three-year strategic plan that's aimed at making the state's auto manufacturers and suppliers more globally competitive, in order to spark more jobs and investment.

November 02, 2013 6:00 am
AUTOMOTIVE: Pickup, car truck sales were hot until last few weeks

AUTOMOTIVE: Pickup, car truck sales were hot until last few weeks

Auto dealers had been enjoying the highest sales since 2007 until the government shutdown paralyzed many consumers with uncertainty, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group.

October 20, 2013 12:00 am
Stakes are high in race to lighten vehicles

Stakes are high in race to lighten vehicles

Stringent fuel-efficiency standards have pitted steel against rival metals in a race to make cars, trucks and SUVs lighter.

October 06, 2013 1:15 am

EDITORIAL: Keep Indiana's auto industry in overdrive

The news that Indiana is now second in the nation in terms of automotive gross domestic product is reason to cheer.

August 09, 2013 12:00 am
MANUFACTURING: Manufacturing doing a little better, but improvement incremental

MANUFACTURING: Manufacturing doing a little better, but improvement incremental

Soft demand and overcapacity issues have been nagging the steel industry, Berlin Metals president Roy Berlin said.

July 21, 2013 12:00 am
AUTOMOTIVE: Car, pickup truck sales taking off

AUTOMOTIVE: Car, pickup truck sales taking off

The auto industry has been having a pretty good year, and has been been boosted by a surge in pickup truck sales, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group.

July 21, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Why automakers will knock on steel's door

When one door opens, another door opens, it is said. In ArcelorMittal's case, when one door was in danger of closing, the company designed a new door.

July 05, 2013 12:00 am
ArcelorMittal aims to drive demand for steel with new car door

ArcelorMittal aims to drive demand for steel with new car door

After years of research and hundreds of designs, ArcelorMittal has developed a new ultra lightweight car door that's expected to improve fuel efficiency.

June 29, 2013 8:30 pm Photos

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JOHN DAVIES: ‘S-in-motion’ is pioneering innovation

JOHN DAVIES: ‘S-in-motion’ is pioneering innovation

Innovation technology? Yes! Rust belt industry? No!

June 09, 2013 12:00 am

Auto industry improvement boosting Hammond parts supplier

A Hammond automobile parts supplier plans to add a third working shift as a result of Ford Motor Co.'s plans to do the same at its Chicago Assembly Plant.

April 23, 2012 7:00 pm
VIDEO: Consumers driving auto industry trends

VIDEO: Consumers driving auto industry trends

Many of today's trends in the automotive industry are a result of listening to consumers' demands.

February 09, 2012 7:14 pm
VIDEO: Automakers entice customers at auto show

VIDEO: Automakers entice customers at auto show

Automakers employ different marketing strategies to entice customers at the Chicago Auto Show.

February 09, 2012 7:16 pm

Staffing firm seeking candidates for automotive jobs

HAMMOND | A Hammond staffing and recruitment firm is hosting a series of open houses to help recruit candidates to fill more than 100 jobs for a local automotive industry supplier.

December 21, 2011 2:00 pm
Auto parts employment boost shakes off recession

Auto parts employment boost shakes off recession

Higher post-recession operating levels in the automotive industry has helped Lear Corp.'s manufacturing plant meet employment projections. "Right now, we're basically going full-steam," a union leader said about the production activity.

October 24, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Lear plant employment boost helping shake off recession

Lear plant employment boost helping shake off recession

HAMMOND | Higher post-recession operating levels in the automotive industry has helped Lear Corp.'s seat manufacturing plant meet employment projections set last year.

October 23, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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All charged up, but nowhere to plug

All charged up, but nowhere to plug

After Valparaiso resident David Garfin finished whipping a white plug-in hybrid sedan around curves in Northfield, Ill., he wondered what took so long.

October 16, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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