Region residents might see the people who make Ford Explorers and Tauruses in the next pew at church, a few barstools over, or out shoveling their driveways.
CHICAGO | Back when a car was still more of a gee-whiz invention than a household staple, workers hand-built vehicles one at a time by moving down rows of sawhorses and installing parts at each station.
Workers at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant have checked the quality of a vehicle's paint job basically the same way since the plant opened in 1924 - by eye.
Local auto manufacturers and parts suppliers took shorter breaks this summer, so that production could keep pace with revved up sales.
Lear Corp. has been running around the clock to keep up with the red-hot sales of the Ford Explorer sports utility vehicle, and is accelerating its production.
Ford Motor Co. is expecting to deliver a sport edition of its Ford Explorer to its new car dealerships later this year.
A Ford employee inspects a Ford Explorer on the assembly line Dec. 1 at the Chicago plant. Last month's sales of the Chicago-built Explorer were more than double March 2010 figures.
A Ford employee installs parts on the Explorer on Dec. 1 at the Chicago Assembly Plant in Hegewisch. Soaring sales of the Chicago-built Explorer helped Ford top GM sales for only the second month since 1998.
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