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Lear to open new Portage plant, transfer workers

Lear to open new Portage plant, transfer workers

Workers assemble Ford Explorer seats at the Lear Corp. plant in Hammond. The Michigan-based auto parts supplier plans to open a new factory in Portage that will employ up to 285 workers, including 264 hourly employees.

October 02, 2014 2:30 am
Strong sales boosting Hammond auto parts supplier

Strong sales boosting Hammond auto parts supplier

Ismael Vazquez steams wrinkles out of Ford Explorer seats at the Lear Corp. plant in Hammond. Lear Corp. employs more than eight times as many workers in Hammond as it did five years ago, and its factory on 165th Street is operating at full capacity.

July 07, 2013 3:02 pm
Strong sales boosting Hammond auto parts supplier

Strong sales boosting Hammond auto parts supplier

Finished seats for Ford vehicles at the Lear Corp. plant in Hammond. The auto parts plant 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.

July 07, 2013 3:01 pm
Strong sales boosting Hammond auto parts supplier

Strong sales boosting Hammond auto parts supplier

Rosanne Thomas builds seat cushions for Ford vehicles at the Lear Corp. plant in Hammond. Workers build those seats every day from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and then from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. Currently, the only breaks in production are on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings.

July 07, 2013 3:02 pm
Indiana's auto industry rises to second place nationally

Indiana's auto industry rises to second place nationally

A Lear worker steams wrinkles out of Ford Explorer seats at the Lear Corp. plant in Hammond. Lear Corp. employs more than eight times as many workers in Hammond as it did five years ago, and its factory on 165th Street is operating at full capacity.

July 07, 2013 3:02 pm
Automakers, parts suppliers take shorter breaks

Automakers, parts suppliers take shorter breaks

Ricardo Medina assembles Ford Explorer seats at the Lear Corp. plant in Hammond. Rosanne Thomas builds seat cushions for Ford vehicles at the Lear Corp. plant in Hammond. Lear and other local auto plants shortened their traditional summer shutdowns this year to boost production of hot-sellin…

July 07, 2013 3:01 pm
Automakers, parts suppliers take shorter breaks

Automakers, parts suppliers take shorter breaks

Workers assemble Ford Explorer seats at the Lear Corp. plant in Hammond.  Lear and other local auto plants shortened their traditional summer shutdowns this year to boost production of hot-selling Ford vehicles, such as the Explorer.

July 07, 2013 3:02 pm
Manufacturers look to leanness as path to profitability

Manufacturers look to leanness as path to profitability

A worker assembles Ford Explorer seats at the Lear Corp. plant in Hammond. A growing number of manufacturers have been pursuing lean initiatives, and they need to know leanness means more than cost-cutting, a consultant said.

July 07, 2013 3:01 pm
Manufacturers looking forward to improving conditions

Manufacturers looking forward to improving conditions

A worker steams wrinkles out of Ford Explorer seats at the Lear Corp. plant in Hammond. Lear and Contract Services Group in Hammond added hundreds of jobs to keep up with bustling auto sales, which hit their highest level since 2007 last year.

July 07, 2013 3:02 pm
United Auto Workers authorize Lear strike

United Auto Workers authorize Lear strike

A worker assembles Ford Explorer seats at the Lear Corp. plant in Hammond in July 2013. United Auto Workers 2235 voted Sunday to authorize a strike against Lear if the two sides cannot agree to a new five-year contract.

July 07, 2013 3:01 pm
Lear Corp.

Lear Corp.

Workers assemble Ford Explorer seats at the Lear Corp. plant in Hammond. United Auto Workers Local 2235 voted 96 percent to 4 percent last month to authorize a strike at the seat factory on 165th Street. 

July 07, 2013 3:02 pm
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