Automotive Jobs

Biden’s fuzzy math on 1 million new auto jobs

DETROIT (AP) — Casting his climate policy as a jobs plan, President Joe Biden left out important context and used fuzzy math when he announced sweeping new green initiatives that he says will boost the U.S. economy with the creation of 1 million new auto jobs.

That’s actually far from certain, if not unlikely.

A look at Biden’s statements at his signing of executive orders Wednesday that will replace the U.S. government’s fleet of roughly 650,000 vehicles with electric models and encourage a broader national shift to electric cars:

BIDEN: “Today is ‘Climate Day’ at the White House, which means that today is ‘Jobs Day’ at the White House. … We see these workers building new buildings, installing 500,000 new electric vehicle charging stations across the country as we modernize our highway systems to adapt to the changes that have already taken place. … We’re going to harness the purchasing

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Modine Manufacturing expands Lawrence County plant with 45 new jobs

The Modine Manufacturing Company has announced plans to expand its operation in southern Middle Tennessee, bringing 45 new jobs to its manufacturing facility in Lawrence County.

A $1.2 million investment, the project includes the relocation of three product lines from operations in Missouri and Rhode Island to the company’s Lawrenceburg facility.

“We are fortunate in light of our current competitive environment to have the opportunity to once again expand our operations in Lawrenceburg,” said David Killen, the company’s Lawrenceburg plant manager said in an announcement.

“We are excited about the addition of our new heat transfer products that we will supply to the mass transit and stationary power markets. I appreciate all of the extra work and support provided by Governor Lee, TNECD, and our local chamber to help secure this new business.” 

The company manufactures heat transfer products for a wide range of markets including stationary power generation, mining,

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Car dealers offering bonuses to fill jobs

LaFontaine Automotive Group dangled signing bonuses of up to $10,000 last month in a hiring blitz to woo candidates for key jobs across its Michigan footprint.

The attractive offer advertised on social media such as the dealerships’ Facebook pages and LinkedIn lured more than 900 applicants over 16 days in January. And it has resulted in 51 hires as of Friday, Feb. 5.

CEO Ryan LaFontaine said the hiring push comes amid growth within the past year as the retailer acquired two franchised dealerships, opened new body shops and expanded its used-only business. LaFontaine Automotive, with 22 stores and seven collision centers, has big aspirations in 2021 to sell nearly 45,000 new, used, commercial and fleet vehicles, up from nearly 31,000 last year.

“We only can do that with the right people,” LaFontaine said.

The Highland, Mich., company ranks No. 52 on Automotive News‘ list of the top 150

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Large automotive manufacturing plant to bring hundreds of jobs to Georgia

KB Autosys is set to bring a multi-million dollar manufacturing project to Georgia, Gov. Kemp announced Wednesday.

According to officials, KB Autosys is a brake pad supplier and will spend $38 million to build the company’s first U.S. advanced manufacturing facility in Meriwether County, Georgia.

The facility promises to create around 180 jobs. 

In a statement sent to FOX 5, Governor Kemp said: 

“This announcement is further proof of the success automotive companies find here in Georgia, especially as product demand has grown. KB Autosys’ decision to open their first U.S. manufacturing facility in the Peach State is a testament to the strength of the relationship our state has developed with our Korean partners. I thank KB Autosys for their investment, and most importantly, for creating jobs and opportunities for hardworking Georgians in Meriwether County”.

KB Autosys is based in Korea and supplies brake pads and

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Apple job postings give further credence to electric car rumors

The company’s Special Project Group posted more than 300 jobs for electrical engineers, road safety specialists, and those with automotive experience in 2020.

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Apple’s long-rumored electric car, codenamed Project Titan, appears to be continuing to ramp up, with analytics firm GlobalData finding that the company posted over 300 jobs in 2020 “including key roles that indicate working on battery power management, road safety and car experience.”

All of the 300+ jobs in question were posted by Apple’s Special Projects Group (SPG), which GlobalData describes as “a way through which the company works on innovative projects that can be scaled in the future.” 

“GlobalData’s Job Analytics database shows that Apple made specific job postings that closely relate to developing proprietary software and battery technology. Additionally, with the recruitment of ex-Tesla employees over the past few years, Apple is in a better place than ever to know the best

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Microsoft and Bosch join forces to create new automotive software platform

This corporate tie-up could make future automotive software updates much simpler.


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American tech company Microsoft is teaming up with German automotive supply giant Bosch to develop a vehicle software platform. News of the two companies’ collaboration was announced on Thursday.

These two titans of their respective industries want to make the installation process of automotive over-the-air updates a quick and seamless process, no different than upgrading to the latest OS version on your iPhone. This new platform is intended to not only deliver a painless experience, but also give drivers quicker access to new functions and digital services over the lifetime of their vehicles, as car manufacturers make them available.

Safety is a critical part of this plan, and stringent automotive quality standards will have to be met, a process that currently complicates vehicle software updates. The variation in models and trim lines further confounds things. Unlike a

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