Automakers to add jobs as recovery takes hold

Jan 12, 2010 | Posted by: TNAPWife | Full story: detroitnews.com

Automakers signaled plans Monday to hire, add overtime or extra shifts and boost production of crucial models, all signs of life for an industry emerging from a tumultuous year that saw General Motors Co.

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Jan 12, 2010
 
Big 3, Toyota plan to boost production of hot sellers, hybrids
Robert Snell, David Shepardson and Alisa Priddle / The Detroit News

Detroit -- Automakers signaled plans Monday to hire, add overtime or extra shifts and boost production of crucial models, all signs of life for an industry emerging from a tumultuous year that saw General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC file for bankruptcy.

GM, Chrysler, Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Mercedes-Benz used the industry's brightest stage, the North American International Auto Show, to announce the plans. Automakers, reeling from one of the worst sales years in decades, scaled back on production and laid off thousands last year -- both permanently and temporarily. But with their operations resized and confidence returning to the economy, some are ramping up again.

Chrysler plans on hiring additional engineers; Toyota is bringing back temporary workers it had laid off; and Mercedes is increasing production of sedans at an Alabama plant.

Chrysler is filling engineering jobs, including hiring 400 contract workers since August.

"We still could use more," said Scott Kunselman, Chrysler's head of engineering.

Chrysler will bolster its roster of a couple of thousand staff engineers by 7 percent, he said, and increase contract engineers and outsourced work 100 percent.

"Chrysler needs help and they've been hiring" as it tries to turn its fortunes around, said auto analyst Aaron Bragman of IHS Global Insight.Toyota is rebuilding its ranks, too

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Jan 13, 2010
 
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Jan 13, 2010
 
As Detroit automakers emerge from the turmoil of the past year with plans for boosting production and adding back jobs, officials and experts offered a warning today about sliding back into old habits of hiring too many workers or giving away credit too easily.
While U.S. car buyers are theoretically in need of millions of new vehicles, experts forecast that high unemployment, a weak housing market anda generally tepid recovery won't generate much momentum until the second half of the year at the earliest.

Sales rate won't recover soon

Even then, annual sales might total between 11 million and 12.million vehicles -- far below the 16-million rate of just a few years ago.

"Automakers should plan cautiously," said Mike Jackson, director of North American vehicle forecasts at CSM Worldwide. "They need to avoid letting production outpace the recovery in demand."

Ford Chief Financial Officer Lewis Booth said Tuesday he was "paranoid" about the global economy's pace of recovery, and that Ford was a long way from hiring new workers.

"The economy is still very, very fragile," Booth told the Free Press.

Charles Oglesby, president and CEO of Asbury Automotive Group, which has 106 auto franchises covering 37 brands, said his company is taking an extremely conservative approach to the year, despite the expected recovery underfoot.

"This has been the kind of winter that prunes trees, so they come back stronger to bear fruit," Oglesby said. "We don't want to go back to the days of excess."

Go-slow approach

While the Detroit show has been dominated by pronouncements of recovery at General Motors, Ford and others, away from the limelight executives vow to go slow -- meaning few new jobs in the short term. Since November 2008 -- when the economic downturn put GM and Chrysler on the road to bankruptcy and forced the U.S. auto industry to start slashing production -- Michigan has lost 44,000 manufacturing jobs in the auto and auto parts industry, a 26% decline
Caution tempers talk of auto industry recovery
Carmakers say they'll rehire staff slowly
Ford offers some examples of why many jobs may not come back. While Ford has said it expects to become solidly profitable by 2011, it has taken pains to emphasize the tough road to its goal and won't talk about profits this year.

Executive Chairman Bill Ford said Monday the Dearborn automaker won't fall into the traps that have hurt domestic automakers in the past.

"I've been around this company for 30 years," Bill Ford said. "I will not let us slide back. I've been through the roller coaster rides, I've seen the pitfalls."

The automaker was hailed Monday for plans to create 1,000 jobs in Michigan as it invests $450 million to assemble two additional electric vehicles and lithium- ion battery packs in the state. But hiring for those jobs won't begin this year and might not occur until 2012, when production begins.

Still, there are fledgling signs that higher production eventually will spur some new jobs. New programs have prompted Toronto-based Magna to start hiring for some positions on its salaried side and more heavily in its factories.

Magna is building a seating plant on the site of Chrysler's former headquarters in Highland Park and expects to hire about 400 people. The company's electronics arm is expanding its factory in Holly and plans to hire more than 500 people during the next five years to build electric motors for the battery-powered Ford Focus.

"Volumes have been going up," said Scott Paradise, Magna's vice president of marketing and new business development. "That's been a positive sign for us."
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Jan 20, 2010
 
Does anyone have any news on the career center set up in fenton to just help displaced autoworkers. i heard counselors there get $22hr plus benefits. has anyone been helped or know of anyone getting a job lead or job thru there.
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Jan 20, 2010
 
Magneti Marelli, an automotive supplier owned by Italy's Fiat, will receive $4 million in state tax credits if it invests $4.5 million to consolidate three Oakland County buildings into a larger Auburn Hills engineering center.

The Michigan Economic Growth Authority approved Tuesday the tax credits to convince Magneti Marelli to expand in Auburn Hills rather than in Tennessee and North Carolina. The City of Auburn Hills also is considering a tax abatement to support the project, which would create about 200 jobs over the next five years. The supplier now employs 107 workers in Michigan.
Magneti Marelli, which makes automotive lighting, dashboards, engine control systems and shock absorbers, said the new jobs will pay an average weekly wage of $1,718.
Fiat owns 20% of Chrysler. One reason that the U.S. Treasury Department approved the partnership as part of Chrysler's taxpayer-funded restructuring was the potential savings from the two companies' sharing technology, engineering and parts. Consequently, it is likely that Magneti Marelli will be supplying more parts for future Chrysler vehicles and other automakers in the U.S.
Among other projects granted tax incentives Tuesday was one for Ilumisys, a Troy lighting technology company, to create 213 jobs
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Jan 20, 2010
 
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Chrysler is currently on the lookout for a new site in North America to start building Fiat-based models, with the first cars tipped to be rolling off the factory floor as early as this year
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ou812ic wrote:
Does anyone have any news on the career center set up in fenton to just help displaced autoworkers. i heard counselors there get $22hr plus benefits. has anyone been helped or know of anyone getting a job lead or job thru there.
havent heard that one. where did you hear that?
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Jan 20, 2010
 
http://local.yahoo.com/info-60432875-regional...

I don't know about the pay for counselors but there is a career center set up. Phone number and address in link.
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ou812ic wrote:
Does anyone have any news on the career center set up in fenton to just help displaced autoworkers. i heard counselors there get $22hr plus benefits. has anyone been helped or know of anyone getting a job lead or job thru there.
They added a career center by Chrysler, I think close to 136 Uhall on Rudder rd., It is not just for Chrysler workers, and if you want one of those Gov't jobs then go apply for one. I have no idea what they make.
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Jan 20, 2010
 
Joe Dirt wrote:
<quoted text>They added a career center by Chrysler, I think close to 136 Uhall on Rudder rd., It is not just for Chrysler workers, and if you want one of those Gov't jobs then go apply for one. I have no idea what they make.
What are you Chrysler Bums doing on a GM site.
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never said it was for chrysler workers , said it was for displaced autoworkers, anyway where's the love on this site. We are all in a bad way and we are all hurting, this is a no win situation. I wish the best for everyone and as for the gov't jobs i would love to get one and i have applied, but only so many jobs and too many people needing them. heard career center is setting up tests for jobs at boeing if you all haven't heard that but heard testing is done thru career center in fenton only and you have to sign up for it and then may get a call to go in for testing. not everyone who signs up gets a call for the testing. not sure how or who makes the decision. Just trying to help my fellow union brothers and sisters out.

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