Ford reveals plan for $700M plant, jobs at Rouge plus all-electric Ford F-150 secrets
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. revealed Thursday an audacious plan to build a $700 million plant at the Rouge complex in Dearborn, Mich., that would create the first all-electric F-150, the nation’s bestselling vehicle.“This plant mirrors the story of America and American manufacturing,” said Bill Ford Jr., executive chairman, during an event at the manufacturing site livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook. “This is where the industrial revolution took hold, where the arsenal of democracy was forged, where parents and grandparents and great grandparents built not only cars and trucks but their own Ame...
Detroit Free Press
Delta to turn down CARES Act loan, take on debt backed by SkyMiles
ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines will turn down a federal loan through the CARES Act and instead take on debt backed by its SkyMiles frequent flier program.The move allows Atlanta-based Delta to avoid surrendering more control in return for new federal money. It also highlights the airline’s ability to tap capital markets and the continued popularity of credit cards offering frequent flier miles despite a steep drop in air travel.Delta got $5.4 billion in federal aid through the CARES Act passed by Congress, and had signed a letter of intent giving it the option of also taking a $4.6 billion loan thr...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
GM forms alliance with Honda to develop future products in North America
DETROIT — General Motors and Honda have a deal to share vehicle platforms and technology in North America starting next year.On Thursday the automakers said they have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to establish a North American automotive alliance. The deal has come together after extensive discussions.The proposed alliance will include sharing a range of vehicles, to be sold under each company’s distinct brands, as well as cooperation in purchasing, research and development, and connected services.Honda and GM plan to collaborate on purchasing supplies by leveraging their sc...
Detroit Free Press
Amazon's new mass-market grocery store format opening in California
Amazon invited some customers to preview the new grocery store format it has developed in California and said Thursday it will open to the public in the coming weeks, after a delay of several months because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Amazon Fresh store, in Woodland Hills, California, is designed to reach a broader segment of shoppers than the pricier Whole Foods Markets chain Amazon acquired in 2017, signaling its intention to become a significant player in the huge grocery business. It also marks a new phase in Amazon’s competition with larger grocery chains, such as Kroger and Walmart, ...
The Seattle Times
After COVID-19 delay, Rivian plans hiring surge for June launch of electric truck. But legal battle with Tesla looms
Set back nearly a year by the pandemic, electric truck startup Rivian is busy building out its plant in Normal, with a belated production launch now planned for next summer.But the plan to bring thousands of jobs to the rural college town about 130 miles south of Chicago has hit some bumps in the road, including a lawsuit from Tesla alleging Rivian is poaching employees and stealing trade secrets.The Rivian plant has more robots (500) than employees (400), but the human ranks are expected to swell to about 1,000 with a “big round of staffing” early next year, Rivian spokeswoman Amy Mast said W...
Lowe's ramps up faster home delivery nationwide with more distribution centers
Lowe’s is expanding for faster home delivery nationwide.Over the next 18 months, the North Carolina-based home improvement company will open 50 delivery terminals, seven distribution centers and four e-commerce fulfillment centers, Lowe’s announced Wednesday.The goal is to enable faster e-commerce shipping with more same-day and next-day delivery across the country, the company said in a news release said.“Opening these new facilities will allow our stores to operate more efficiently … and improve the customer experience with more predictable deliveries, better in-stock rates and faster fulfil...
The Charlotte Observer
A century ago, it was a Florida landscape shrub. Now, it's a pest plant that keeps spreading
MIAMI — Decorative landscaping in the early 1900s introduced a new shrub to Florida whose young leaves were pink and whose berries were a deep purple. The plant, called shoebutton ardisia, started invading forests and wetlands within decades. It continues spreading throughout southern Florida, capable of taking over ecosystems that otherwise support native animals and beckon tourists.One recently sprouted in Big Cypress National Preserve, a sprawling expanse in Southwest Florida, and the staff hopes to stomp out the fast-spreading invasive before it gains more ground. They’re alerting visitors...
Balancing Act: Chicago-area police officer launches group to support Black-owned startups: 'I have a duty to do more for my ancestors'
CHICAGO — At 42, Tosha Wilson has her retirement plans mapped out.An Evanston police officer for the past two decades, Wilson figures she has about five more years on the force. Her cousin Jacqui White is a Highland Park police officer on roughly the same time table.For the past year and a half, Wilson and White have been researching and planning to open a laundromat and cafe in Evanston’s historically Black 5th Ward, not far from where they both grew up. They’ll spend their retirements side by side, joining and leading their community in conversations and camaraderie over shared meals and cle...
Job seekers get more options as working from home becomes permanent
Chicago TribuneWith three young children, Eric Sauerhoff was not looking to move across the Midwest during the pandemic.The Bexley, Ohio, resident was job hunting and knew a move might be necessary. But when offices shut down due to COVID-19, he began to wonder if he could avoid the move altogether and work remotely from Ohio.“If a company had said, ‘We need you to move to Chicago or Seattle or anywhere just to work from home here,’ that would have been a tough sale,” said Sauerhoff, 33, who earlier this month joined Chicago car insurance startup Clearcover as a vice president and works from h...
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Job seekers get more options — and competition — as working from home becomes permanent. 'If we decide we need people to come in, we can fly them in'
With three young children, Eric Sauerhoff was not looking to move across the Midwest during the pandemic.The Bexley, Ohio, resident was job hunting and knew a move might be necessary. But when offices shut down due to COVID-19, he began to wonder if he could avoid the move altogether and work remotely from Ohio.“If a company had said, ‘We need you to move to Chicago or Seattle or anywhere just to work from home here,’ that would have been a tough sale,” said Sauerhoff, 33, who earlier this month joined Chicago car insurance startup Clearcover as a vice president and works from his Ohio home.Th...