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Detroiter Magazine – December 2014 Highlights
Michigan’s automotive legacy was built by visionary leaders and innovators whose vehicles forever changed the world. The industry is entering a new era of productivity and is on the cusp of the fully connected vehicle that will again redefine mobility. Amid that narrative, the December Detroiter cover fittingly features Ford Motor Co.’s President and CEO Mark Fields and the 2015 aluminum bodied F-150. Taking the helm in July, Fields is leading Ford into a highly anticipated year with a wave of new vehicles to be released around the world.
In addition to the engineering, production and selling of vehicles, Michigan’s automotive companies’ impact stretches well beyond the industry and are a force for positive change in their communities – a fact worth celebrating. From annual drives benefiting Gleaners Community Food Bank to Fields’ passionate work with the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Ford continues to build on that tradition.
For the past few years, the North American International Auto Show has flashed a spotlight on Detroit for a global audience. In years past, there has been an underlying question: Is Detroit’s and its automotive industry’s recovery for real?Continue Reading
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Mark Fields, 53, is the CEO of Ford Motor Company. A 25-year Ford veteran, Fields succeeded Alan Mulally, the former Boeing executive who led Ford through one of its most difficult periods.Continue Reading
By James Amend
Could 2015 be the year of Ford Motor Company? Mark Fields, who took over as CEO of the Dearborn automaker in July, would like to think so.Continue Reading
Since 2005, 18 BorgWarner innovations have been named finalists for the prestigious Automotive News PACE Awards. What’s the key to staying at the forefront of technology and innovation?Continue Reading
By James Martinez
At 6 feet 5 inches, Vince Henderson typically towers over most others in the room. Ironically, his 90-employee company AMI Manchester Stamping, located about 30 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, is a small supplier sometimes lost in the shadows of the automotive giants that call Michigan home.Continue Reading
By Rick Snyder
Welcome to the new Detroit! New because we’re stronger and working together, forging a fresh bond of cooperation.Continue Reading
By Melissa Anders
Nigel Francis and Kevin Kerrigan have been busy the last 14 months. In just over a year, Francis, Kerrigan and their colleagues have engaged with more than 20,000 automotive executives from around the world in an effort to solidify and expand Michigan’s role as the worldwide automotive leader.Continue Reading
By Melissa Anders
Southeast Michigan shone under the spotlight as thousands of automotive and technology leaders from more than 65 countries converged on Detroit this past fall for the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Long recognized as the traditional manufacturing hub of the American automobile industry, Michigan is poised to also be the epicenter of intelligent mobility and connected vehicle technology.Continue Reading
By Jacquie Goetz Bluethmann
A lifelong car enthusiast, Kyle Entsminger is happy to be back in the automotive capital of the world working in the industry and making use of the talents he honed in very different industries in cities far from home.Continue Reading
By Noah Purcell
Two-thirds of the value of today’s automobile — the innovations, parts and technology — come from suppliers. That kind of production requires top tier talent and makes maintaining a sustainable pipeline of highly skilled workers and talent attraction a top priority for Michigan’s hundreds of suppliers.Continue Reading
By Melissa Anders
Rob Luce wants engineering students in Michigan to take note: The automotive industry is not dull, it’s not dying, and it’s a very exciting career choice. Luce, director of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program, is working with automotive companies and universities to change perceptions of the state’s major industry to ensure companies have the talent pipeline needed for the sector’s continued growth.Continue Reading
By Scott LaRiche
I have been faced with the greatest challenge of my professional life: How to make the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) even better. It’s been tough, but I’ve been standing shoulder to shoulder with past leaders like last year’s chairman Bob Shuman, and I’ve had the help and support of a great committee, including NAIAS Vice Chairman Paul Sabatine, committee members Sam Slaughter and Ryan LaFontaine, and NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts.Continue Reading
By Sen. Mike Kowall
As the American automotive industry goes, so goes Michigan. That has been the conventional wisdom for decades.Continue Reading