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The automotive metal wars are dragging on, with Ford investing $1.3 billion in an aluminum F-150 truck plant in Kentucky and running ads about…

CHICAGO – A Calumet Region-made vehicle has a supporting role in the much-hyped return of the “X-Files,” which already was one of the longest-…

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CHICAGO — Sales of the Calumet Region-made Ford Explorer soared to 18,892 last month, a 14 percent increase and the best December since 2005.

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CHICAGO — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into a fatal accident at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant…

CHICAGO – Dream jobs are available.

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The United Auto Workers union has kicked off contract talks with Ford, which is one of the Calumet Region's largest employers, with about 5,00…

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Lear Corp. bumped up its dividend by 25 percent and hopes to buy back $1 billion of its stock after an activist investor proposed splitting th…

  • Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

HAMMOND | An activist investor wants to split a major local employer in half. 

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CHICAGO | Hundreds of Ford employees, mostly at the Chicago Assembly Plant, will get a historic 48 percent pay raise as the automaker goes on …

PORTAGE| The state awarded local auto parts supplier Lear Corp. a $675,000 tax break for its new plant in Portage.

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CHICAGO | If your hands are full of grocery bags, you would only have to kick below the center of the rear bumper of the new Ford Explorer to …

PORTAGE | Lear Corp. plans to open a new subassembly plant in Portage that will provide parts to its seat-making factory in Hammond.

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Lear Corp. workers in Hammond will be able to earn up to $21.58 an hour under a tentative contract that eliminates a two-tier pay scale that locked newer workers into lower wages.

CHICAGO | Ford Explorer sales rose 25 percent in August, the best month it's had since it was first made in Chicago in 2010.

EAST CHICAGO | Work done in the region is having a global impact.

HAMMOND | A local union says its negotiations with Lear Corp. are "coming to a head," and a potential walk-out could result in a massive disru…

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HAMMOND | United Auto Workers Local 2235 has voted to authorize a strike at the Lear Corp. seat factory if a new contract cannot be reached.

  • Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

CHICAGO | Four years ago, Ford pumped $400 million into its oldest continuously operated factory, which at one time made Model Ts, so it could…

  • Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

Automakers are putting their vehicles on crash diets to prepare for tough new federal rules that demand twice as much fuel-efficiency by 2025.