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Chrysler recalling nearly 907,000 cars, SUVs

DETROIT | Nearly 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep SUVs and cars are being recalled for alternators that can fail and heated power mirror wiring that can short and cause minor fires.

October 20, 2014 4:51 pm
Lear contract would raise pay up to $21.58 an hour

Lear contract would raise pay up to $21.58 an hour

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.

September 15, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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Union ends strike after reaching agreement with Lear

HAMMOND | A tentative agreement has ended a strike at the Lear Corp. automotive seat factory in Hammond, a day after workers walked off the job.

September 14, 2014 11:00 pm
Ford Explorer posts best month since Chicago production started

Ford Explorer posts best month since Chicago production started

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

September 14, 2014 5:00 am
"Mustang-The First 50 Years" from TM Books and Videos

"Mustang-The First 50 Years" from TM Books and Videos

A new DVD set by Tom McComas Productions celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang. "Mustang-The First 50 Years" from TM Books and Videos includes two discs and starts with the car's original unveiling at the Ford Pavilion at the New York World's Fair on April 17, 1964. With interv…

September 13, 2014 12:00 am
Lear, UAW contract talks 'coming to a head'

Lear, UAW contract talks 'coming to a head'

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 disruption for the local automotive industry. 

September 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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AUTOMOTIVE: Dealerships busy with recalls, looking to retain customers

AUTOMOTIVE: Dealerships busy with recalls, looking to retain customers

Auto sales have been pretty good as Chevrolet continues its run as the top-selling vehicle brand in Chicagoland, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group, which operates Chevrolet dealerships in Hammond and Lowell.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
LOCAL AUTO RACING: Hoffman back in winner’s circle at Illiana

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Hoffman back in winner’s circle at Illiana

SCHERERVILLE | Eddie Hoffman hadn’t been in the victory picture at Illiana Motor Speedway recently, but was still in the battle for the Late Model driving championship at the local raceway.

August 03, 2014 5:00 pm
Ford looks beyond steel but says it's still a big customer

Ford looks beyond steel but says it's still a big customer

Ford has come up with a new Lightweight Concept car that makes greater use of aluminum and other alternative metals, but company officials say the automaker isn't giving up on steel.

June 23, 2014 5:42 pm Photos

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Jimmie Johnson finally wins at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. | In the final seconds of his first victory at Michigan International Speedway, Jimmie Johnson could finally relax a bit.

June 15, 2014 5:45 pm
Earnhardt pulls away late for 2nd win of season

Earnhardt pulls away late for 2nd win of season

LONG POND, Pa. | Dale Earnhardt Jr. is having a blast again, with a shared bond with his crew, comfort in his own skin as NASCAR's most popular driver, even finding fun 140 characters at a time on Twitter.

June 08, 2014 8:30 pm
Explorers power Chicago Assembly comeback

Explorers power Chicago Assembly comeback

CHICAGO | Four years ago, Ford pumped $400 million into its oldest continuously operated factory, which at one time made Model Ts, so it could produce the next-generation Explorer. 

June 05, 2014 10:07 pm
Ford recalls locally made vehicles

Ford recalls locally made vehicles

Ford has recalled nearly 400,000 vehicles that were made at the Chicago Assembly Plant in Hegewisch, as well as 82,500 floor mats in another locally manufactured car. The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker issued safety recalls for Explorers and Tauruses that were built over the last few years…

May 30, 2014 1:00 pm
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

Ford adding electric charging stations at its plants

Thousands of local Ford workers will soon be able to plug in electric or hybrid cars during their shifts, and drive home with a full charge.

April 05, 2014 4:10 pm
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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Manufacturers looking forward to improving conditions

Manufacturers looking forward to improving conditions

If the economy were a poker table, Northwest Indiana would be all in for manufacturing.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: My dream of development 10 years from now

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: My dream of development 10 years from now

In May 2024, I will be celebrating my 76th birthday, surrounded by friends and family and commemorating having just shot my age at Lost Marsh. This is my fantasy; write your own.

March 02, 2014 12:00 am

Ford announces cutoff dates for police interceptor orders

Local police departments that want new Police Interceptors have until March 14 to make factory orders.

February 18, 2014 12:00 pm
Austin Dillon puts No. 3 on pole for Daytona 500

Austin Dillon puts No. 3 on pole for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. | With the famed No. 3 on his car and memories of the late Dale Earnhardt fresh in his mind, Austin Dillon took the fabled number out of hibernation and straight to the top at Daytona.

February 16, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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