Ford adding 450 jobs to meet demand for new electric truck
DEARBORN, Mich. — (AP) — Ford Motor Co. plans to spend $250 million and add 450 jobs at three Michigan plants to meet demand for the new F-150 Lightning. Galhotra made the announcement at the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in the automaker's hometown of Dearborn, where the first pre-production trucks are being made. Ford provided tours of the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center to members of the media as well as government officials, including Gov. Ford’s $250 million investment will create 450 hourly direct jobs, with most of those workers assembling the F-150 Lightning at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. The investment and added jobs will help increase production capacity to 80,000 trucks a year, Ford said.wftv.com
‘Great lamb chops’: Michigan lawmaker spent $221 in campaign funds at strip club
LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan lawmaker reported spending $221 of his campaign funds at a strip club in March to discuss “potential economic projects” with a constituent, according to a disclosure filed Sunday. In a telephone interview, the third-term state representative told the newspaper that the Pantheion Club in Dearborn, where he met the constituent, was a “lounge” and said he was not sure if it was a strip club. In addition to the expense at the Dearborn venue, Jones’ campaign spending report also included a $696 charge at Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar in Las Vegas on March 22, the News reported. Jones described that meeting as a “dinner meeting with other legislators,” according to the newspaper. However, the director of the watchdog group said having such a meeting “truly pushes the limit of credulity,” the News reported.wftv.com
A small victory: Used-car prices slip from dizzy heights
In June, the average retail list price of a used vehicle was just short of $25,000, a record. Prices rose so high that some 2-year-old used vehicles were, counter-intuitively, selling for more than the sticker price when they were new. In June, used prices rose a record 10.5%, helping to drive inflation to 5.4% compared with the same month a year earlier. Ernie Garcia, CEO of used vehicle upstart Carvana, said too many variables make it impossible to predict where used-vehicle prices will go from here. “It’ll be hard for car prices to return all the way to normal until we have normalization in the supply chain of auto manufacturers," Garcia said.wftv.com
Rory Gamble, who led UAW through scandal, pandemic, retires
UAW President Retires FILE - In this May 18, 2021 file photo, Rory Gamble, President of United Auto Workers, speaks at the Ford Rouge EV Center in Dearborn, Mich. Gamble, who led the union through a corruption scandal and the coronavirus pandemic, is retiring effective June 30. “Especially in this time of vast technological change.”“His whole tenure has been marked by crisis after crisis,” said Kristen Dziczek, senior vice president at the Center for Automotive Research, who follows labor issues. He largely did that, Dziczek said, especially because he was able to avoid a threatened federal takeover due to the scandal. Although federal authorities continue to their inquiry, Schneider said in December he had no reason to investigate conduct by Gamble. He became vice president of the local union office, and twice served on a national team that bargained with Ford.wftv.com
HGTV's Nicole Curtis wins dispute over Detroit home project
The star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict Rescue” has won a dispute with Detroit over ownership of a blighted home. Nicole Curtis said she has spent at least $60,000 to start fixing up the home after buying it from a couple for $17,000. Wayne County Judge Tim Kenny ruled in Curtis' favor, saying her renovation group had recorded a title to the property before the Land Bank did, The Detroit News reported Friday.news.yahoo.com
China authorities name 105 apps for improper data practices
China’s internet watchdog said Friday it had found Bytedance’s Douyin, Microsoft Bing, LinkedIn and 102 other apps were engaged in improper collection and use of data and ordered them to fix the problem. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said that the 105 apps violated laws by excessively collecting and illegally accessing users’ personal information, according to a statement posted on its site Friday. Other companies it named included short video app Kuaishou, search engine Sogou and Baidu.news.yahoo.com
Ford introduces F-150 Lightning electric pickup with less than $40K sticker price
F-150 Lightning The Ford F-150 Lightning is unveiled, Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in Dearborn, Mich. On the outside, the electric version of Ford's F-150 pickup looks about the same as the wildly popular gas-powered truck. The new truck called the F-150 Lightning can go up to 300 miles per charge, with a starting price of just under $40,000. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) (Carlos Osorio/AP)Move over Elon Musk, there’s another electric pickup coming to market to compete against the Cybertruck. >> Read more trending newsFord introduced its F-150 Lightning electric pickup this week. The Lightning is an electric version of Ford’s traditional F-150 truck series, The New York Times reported.wftv.com
Biden moves to improve legal services for poor, minorities
Biden signed a memorandum directing the Department of Justice to restore key functions of the shuttered Access to Justice Office and to reestablish the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable. The pandemic “has further exposed and exacerbated inequities in our justice system” as legal services were curtailed, Biden wrote. His proposed budget seeks $1.5 billion to strengthen state and local criminal justice systems, including public defenders. Civil rights organizations and leaders have been pressing the Biden administration to reestablish the Access to Justice Office and its work. The announcement comes as the Biden Justice Department has been refocusing the agency around civil rights, prioritizing policing reform measures and combating racial discrimination.wftv.com
Biden back behind the wheel, zooming away in electric truck
Biden President Joe Biden stops to talk to the media as he drives a Ford F-150 Lightning truck at Ford Dearborn Development Center, Tuesday, May 18, 2021, in Dearborn, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Evan Vucci)DEARBORN, Mich. — (AP) — Joe Biden is back behind the wheel. The self-described "car guy" took a spin in the new Ford F-150 Lightning truck during a visit to a Ford safety testing center Tuesday as part of a trip to Michigan to sell his $2 trillion infrastructure plan. The automaker showed off its new electric truck to coincide with Biden's tour of Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, where the truck will be produced. Only way to stop him, Biden said, was to get in front of the truck, and he was planning to step on the accelerator. Supporters displayed campaign paraphernalia declaring they were “ridin’ with Biden,” complete with a stylized image of Biden behind the wheel of a convertible, wearing aviators and a broad grin.wftv.com
Biden to spotlight electric vehicle future he sees for US
Biden is touring Ford's Electric Vehicle Center, a new factory being built on the grounds of the automaker's massive Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan. He also sees a shift toward electric vehicles as a major part of his plan to fight climate change. He also has to overcome a major hurdle before his electric vehicle zero emission future becomes reality: the lack of stations where people can plug in and juice up their engines. To that end, Biden has proposed $174 billion for electric vehicles. Biden also has pushed the transition to electric vehicles as a way to create good-paying American union jobs for the next generation of transportation.wftv.com
Spiking energy leads wholesale prices up 0.5% in February
The rise in wholesale prices moderated a bit in February after a record increase in January with both months being hit with higher energy prices. increased by 0.5% last month following a record jump of 1.3% in January. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)WASHINGTON – Energy prices continued to rocket higher in February, though overall wholesale prices moderated after a record jump in January. Over the past year, wholesale prices are up 2.8%, the largest 12-month gain at the wholesale level in more than two years. Earlier this week, the U.S. reported that consumer prices rose 0.4% in February, the biggest gain in six months, also because of rising energy prices.
Power outages linger for millions as another icy storm looms
Nearly 3.4 million customers around the U.S. were still without electricity, and some also lost water service. More than 100 million people live in areas covered by some type of winter weather warning, watch or advisory, the weather service said. Weather-related outages have been particularly stubborn in Oregon, where some customers have been without power for almost a week. At the peak of the storm, more than 350,000 customers in the Portland area were in the dark. In Oregon, authorities confirmed Tuesday that four people died in the Portland area of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Ford to cut back F-150 production due to chip shortage
Starting Monday, Ford will cut two shifts at its Dearborn, Michigan, facility, going down to one shift per day. Both plants produce the F-150 pickup truck, Ford's most popular model and part of the F-Series, the top-selling vehicle in the U.S. AdFord isn't alone in cutting back production due to the shortage of chips needed to produce cars. General Motors will have downtime at three of its factories — one in the U.S, one in Canada and one in Mexico — due to the chip shortage, starting Feb. 8. Other automakers like Nissan, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota have also been impacted by the chip shortage.
Ford shares on pace for best week since June on new products, earnings expectations
Ford CEO Jim Farley takes off his mask at the Ford Built for America event at Fords Dearborn Truck Plant on September 17, 2020 in Dearborn, Michigan. DETROIT — Shares of Ford Motor hit a new 52-week high for a third consecutive day Thursday, putting the stock on pace for its best week since at least June. The stock is up about 20% this week, including an increase of as much as 11.9% during intraday trading Thursday morning. Shares reached as high as $12.15 on Thursday — the stock's highest price since June 2018. The automaker earlier this month also received praise for its all-electric Mustang Mach-E crossover after Ford allowed several analysts to test-drive the vehicle.cnbc.com
US charities raise millions in wake of Beirut port blast
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DEARBORN, Mich. – When Manal Saab heard that a massive explosion had struck Beirut, she grabbed her phone, frantically trying to reach loved ones there. “Otherwise, they wouldn’t have survived it,” said Saab, an American citizen who lives in Fenton, Michigan, near Flint, but was born in Lebanon. Knowing that her family and friends were safe, a feeling of relief washed over Saab. More than half of that amount was delivered via a FedEx-donated airlift that also included relief supplies from the American Task Force on Lebanon and the Lebanon Relief Project. They just wanted something to immediately give to, they wanted all that pain to basically get out and give something positive,” Saab said.
Ford plans health screenings, temperature checks to bring office workers back beginning in June
The Henry Ford II World Center, headquarters of the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. About 124,000 white-collar workers are expected to be in the "final group" of employees to return to their offices, according to Ford Chief Human Resources Officer Kiersten Robinson. Ford has not announced an exact start date for plants as it negotiates with the United Auto Workers union about safety and protocols. Farley and other executives said Thursday both groups of workers will return to work with extensive safety measures and protocols in place. Employees will need to clear health assessment and temperature checks, including thermal body scanners and handheld readers, when entering the building.cnbc.com
Ford's first-quarter sales drop 12.5% amid coronavirus pandemic
Ford Motor joined Fiat Chrysler and other major automakers in reporting double-digit declines in first-quarter U.S. vehicle sales as consumers shelter in place and dealerships close amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ford reported Thursday that its sales fell 12.5% through March from a year ago. March is typically the highest sales month of the first quarter, with many sales coming toward the end of the month as automakers offer additional discounts. "Looking at the quarter, it started out really well," said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service. Only about a third of Ford's 3,100 U.S. dealers have showrooms completely open for sales, according to LaNeve.cnbc.com
Ford to add 3,000 jobs in the Detroit area, invest $1.45 billion on new trucks, SUVs, electric and autonomous vehicles
Ford F-150 trucks go through the customer acceptance line at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant on September 27, 2018 in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford Motor Co. is adding 3,000 jobs at two factories in the Detroit area and investing $1.45 billion to build new pickup trucks, SUVs, and electric and autonomous vehicles. Another $700 million will be invested in the truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan, where 300 new jobs will be added. Ford says the Dearborn plant will get the next generation of the F-150, as well as hybrid and electric versions of the truck. The investment includes battery assembly for the electric trucks.cnbc.com
Former Democratic U.S. congressman John Conyers dies at age 90: Detroit News
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative John Conyers addresses the audience during a program to announce the first round of loan commitments to transform older factories during a news conference at the Ford Motor Research & Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan June 23, 2009. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File Photo(Reuters) - John Conyers, a liberal Democratic voice during more than half a century in the U.S. House of Representatives, whose reputation was sullied by sexual harassment accusations in 2017, died on Sunday at the age of 90, the Detroit News reported. Conyers joined the House in 1965 and served until 2017, becoming one of the most prominent black U.S. lawmakers. The Detroit-area congressman was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.feeds.reuters.com
Ford CEO: We disrupted auto industry long before Elon Musk
The auto industry is going through massive change -- and Tesla and its outspoken CEO, Elon Musk, are seen as the great disruptors. "And yeah, he's competing with the ultimate disruptor in Henry Ford." Even the long-established industry titans that are just now venturing into electric cars owe a debt to Musk. As it works to ready itself for the future, Ford has been cutting jobs, making investments and forming partnerships. As CEO of Ford, Hackett is operating what is essentially a family-run corporation.