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Toyota to Build Plant in Mexico

Thursday, January 17, 2002
The Toyota Motor Co. plans to construct an automotive manufacturing plant just outside Tijuana, Mexico. Slated for a 2004 opening, the plant would produce beds for pickup trucks built at New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., a General Motors/Toyota joint-venture facility in Fremont, CA. The plant reportedly would be the fifth Toyota vehicle-assembly complex in North America.

Mori-Seki Lathes Headed for Roll-Kraft

Wednesday, January 16, 2002
Roll supplier Roll-Kraft announced the acquisition of two Mori-Seki CNC lathes in the fourth quarter of 2001. Roll-Kraft expects that the additional machine capacity, coupled with several recently implemented continuous-process improvements, will shorten manufacturing lead times at its Mentor, OH, plant.

Tower Announces Restructuring, Possible Plant Closure

Tuesday, January 15, 2002
Tower Automotive Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, as part of a restructuring effort, will cut 215 engineering, finance, information-technology and human-resource personnel at the company's technical and administrative centers in Novi, Rochester Hills and Grand rapids, MI: Milwaukee, WI; and some U.S. and Canadian manufacturing operations. This follows notification by Tower Automotive that it may discontinue stamping and ancillary processes at its Milwaukee Press Operations and relocate that to other company or supplier plants. Some 450 hourly and another 40 salaried workers would be affected by such a shutdown. With the closure, the Milwaukee location still would continue frame assembly for Dodge Ram and Ford Ranger trucks.


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