UAW President on Biden supply chains order: ‘Important step’
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday intended to boost manufacturing jobs by strengthening U.S. supply chains for advanced batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors. There are 12.2 million manufacturing jobs in the United States, down from 17 million in 2000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. United Auto Workers (UAW) President Rory L. Gamble released a statement Wednesday calling this executive order an “important step”AdHere is Gamble’s full statement:‘The UAW is working with and supports President Biden in issuing his executive order on strategic supply chains which comes at a critical time for UAW members, retirees, and their families. The Biden Administration’s review of key U.S. supply chains, including semiconductor manufacturing, electric car batteries, medical supplies, and rare earth elements is an important step. Over the last year in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, our nation has repeatedly experienced the pitfalls of offshoring critical supply chains.
Magna announces $70 million EV battery facility for Michigan
Magna International is breaking ground on a $70 million manufacturing facility in St. Clair, Mich. where it plans to build complex battery enclosures for the all-new 2022 GMC Hummer EV. This investment is expected to create 304 jobs in St. Clair over the next five years. AdIn St. Clair, Magna said it plans to construct a 345,000-square-foot facility with the ability to support an expansion of up to 1,000,000 square feet. AdMeanwhile, it was announced earlier this year that the Hummer EV would be built under the GMC brand name at GM’s “Factory Zero” facility at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. That was announced right after GM said it would invest more than $2 billion in Detroit to manufacture electric vehicles.
Here are the 21 largest employers in Washtenaw County
Pizza Prep School in the Domino's Pizza World Resource Center in Ann Arbor. The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. ANN ARBOR – One way to reflect on a regional economy is to check out the top employers and their industries, including public and private organizations. Here’s the latest list identifying the top employers in Washtenaw County compiled by Ann Arbor SPARK. Ann Arbor SPARK updates the list annually in January.
Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company: Amazon ‘absolutely saved our business’ during pandemic
ANN ARBOR – Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company has continued to grow. (Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company)Pandemic salesOnce the pandemic hit, like many businesses across the nation, Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company had to temporarily shut down. An employee makes a face shield at the company warehouse at 505 S. Maple Rd. (Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company)Preparing for another shutdown in the fall, they moved their production schedule forward. To learn more about Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company, visit www.annarbortees.com.
US manufacturing improves in July, future clouded by virus
The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Monday that its manufacturing index rose to 54.2 last month, up from a June reading of 52.6. The index dipped below 50 in March, indicating a recession in manufacturing as the coronavirus pandemic shut down factories. Timothy Fiore, chair of the ISM manufacturing survey committee, said it was encouraging that positive comments from survey participants were running two to one ahead of more cautious comments. Of 18 manufacturing industries, 13 reported growth in July led by wood products and furniture and related products. We expect manufacturing to grow gradually ahead with botched management of the pandemic and ongoing virus-related uncertain set to constrain activity.
Pfizer begins COVID-19 vaccine trial, will be manufactured in Michigan
DETROIT – Pfizer has started a new clinical trial on a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, and it’ll be manufactured in Michigan. Pfizer and BioNTech SE announced Tuesday that the first participants have been dosed in the U.S. in the phase 1/2 clinical trial for the “BNT162 vaccine” program to prevent COVID-19. The company’s clinical trial supply will be made at sites in Andover, Massachusetts and Chesterfield, Missouri, and the initial manufacturing will be conducted in Kalamazoo, Michigan -- the largest manufacturing site in the Pfizer network. In fact, Michigan has a strong history of vaccine development with the polio and anthrax vaccines. Find more info on the vaccine trial here.
Michigan coatings maker scales up to produce hand sanitizer
MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A coatings manufacturing company in Macomb Township said it is scaling up its operations during the coronavirus pandemic to produce hand sanitizer. In an email to Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit on Tuesday, Allied PhotoChemical COO Mike Kelly said his business is considered essential/critical under the state order because its technology is used on every firefighter’s oxygen tank, diabetes medical strips, structural materials, and more. Allied wants the hand sanitizer to go to other local manufacturing and Michigan manufacturing companies to help make work environments safer. Kelly said they also are working with police and fire departments. Hand sanitizer made by Allied PhotoChemical in Macomb Township, Mich. (Allied PhotoChemical)More: Coronavirus in Michigan
Carhartt shifts production, plans to produce 2.5M masks, 50,000 gowns for hospitals
DETROIT – Dearborn-based Carhartt says it will shift production to produce masks and gowns for hospitals in need during the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, April 6, Carhartt says it will begin producing 50,000 medical gowns, and on April 20, the company will begin manufacturing 2.5 million masks. “Serving and answering the call during times of need has always been an integral part of Carhartt’s history and it’s why consumers have trusted us to have their back for more than 130 years,” said Mark Valade, Chief Executive Officer at Carhartt. “We are humbled and honored to help all the essential workers serving and protecting us right now.”Carhartt says associated from manufacturing facilities have volunteered to produce these items and the company will continue to compensate them for their important contribution to the effort to support the nation’s need for medical personal protective equipment. Over the last few weeks, Carhartt temporarily closed all company-owned stores and implemented temporary rotating paid work schedules in its manufacturing and distribution facilities to encourage social distancing among associates.
President Donald Trump visits Warren manufacturing plant
DETROIT – President Donald Trump visited the Detroit area in the midst of his impeachment trial this week. Trump was in Warren on Thursday to speak at Dana Incorporated’s manufacturing plant at Van Dyke and Martin Road. The President just signed a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico this week. Trump said renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement was “probably the No. 1 reason that I decided to lead this crazy life that I’m leading right now."