auto industry

Jennifer Granholm endorses Joe Biden? You betcha.

BY: - March 4, 2020

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is the latest to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden for president, following a string of Super Tuesday victories in states including Virginia, Minnesota and Texas. “I’m beyond thrilled to endorse Joe Biden,” Granholm said. “When Michigan was on its knees during the bankruptcies in the auto industry, Joe Biden […]

Whitmer signs auto industry mobility executive orders

BY: - February 26, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed two new measures Tuesday creating the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification and the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification aimed at continuing Michigan’s leadership in the automotive industry. “In the state that put the world on wheels and that’s home to some of the most innovative, driven workers […]

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Michigan manufacturing sees ups and downs on Trump’s watch

BY: and - February 25, 2020

In 2016, Donald Trump ran on “bringing back” manufacturing jobs to Rust Belt states like Michigan, which was one factor in his surprise wins in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania (and less surprising victory in neighboring Ohio).  The results of that promise, however, have been quite muddled.  Michigan is down 5,300 manufacturing jobs since Trump took […]

Trump signs bipartisan USMCA trade deal, only invites GOP

BY: - January 29, 2020

President Donald Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Wednesday afternoon. Although the new trade deal had plenty of input from Democratic members of Congress, only Republican lawmakers were invited to the signing ceremony in the White House. The deal cleared the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 384-41 in December, and the […]

GM announces $2.2B for electric vehicles at Detroit-Hamtramck plant 

BY: - January 27, 2020

General Motors plans to invest $2.2 billion at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant to produce battery electric trucks and other electric vehicles, making it the company’s first fully dedicated electric vehicle assembly plant.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday joined GM leaders and UAW officials to tout the company’s investment in green energy.   “Today’s announcement builds on […]

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Rick Haglund: Tesla settlement means more changes for Michigan’s auto industry

BY: - January 24, 2020

The settlement of a long-running lawsuit between Tesla and the state of Michigan this week cleverly allows the California-based automaker to sell vehicles directly to consumers, sidestepping the state’s dealer franchise laws. But that doesn’t mean auto dealers, whose business model has been protected by state law since cars and trucks started rolling off assembly […]

Tesla to start selling vehicles in Michigan under settlement

BY: - January 22, 2020

A fight resulting from a 2014 Michigan law is over, as Tesla will finally be able to sell its vehicles in Michigan through a subsidiary. The state of Michigan has settled a case the Palo-Alto, Calif.-based electric automaker founded by Elon Musk. The company filed in 2016 over a law banning company-owned stores and service […]

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Rick Haglund: Whitmer should address Michigan worker pay in her State of the State speech

BY: - January 11, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will have plenty of topics to tackle in her second State of the State speech on Jan. 29. We’ll no doubt hear about a new road funding plan after the Republican-controlled Legislature refused to raise even a single penny toward her request for a 45-cent hike in the gas tax last year. […]

Michigan’s economy in 2020: Could be better, could be worse

BY: - January 11, 2020

More than a decade out from the start of the 2008 recession, Michigan is still facing a challenging environment for economic growth. Nonetheless, the state’s economy is expected to pick up over time – even if it is slower than Michiganders would like. This is according to top economists from the University of Michigan and […]

Ford receives $26M from sunsetting state incentive program

BY: - December 17, 2019

Ford Motor Co. could be the last company to receive the state’s Good Jobs for Michigan tax incentive that allows companies to keep a portion of the income taxes that would otherwise be paid to the state.  On Tuesday, the Michigan Strategic Fund board approved $26 million in Good Jobs withholding for the Dearborn automaker, […]

UAW announces tentative deal with Fiat-Chrysler

BY: - November 30, 2019

The United Auto Workers (UAW) has reached a tentative deal with Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the union announced Saturday. The company confirmed the four-year agreement on Twitter, but declined to release details. This is the last of the union’s negotiations with Big Three automakers. UAW members ratified deals with Ford and General Motors (GM). GM workers […]

Dingell holds electric vehicle roundtable with labor, autos and enviros in Detroit

BY: - November 26, 2019

Updated, 1:07 p.m., 11/26/19 U.S. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) met in Detroit on Monday with industry, labor and environmental leaders to explore how to work together on electric vehicles (EVs).   The event held at IBEW Local 58 also included United Steelworkers, Ford Motor Co., United Auto Workers, CalStart, the Ecology Center, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra […]