Ralph Russo has been named president of AlliedSignal Safety Restraint Systems of Sterling Heights, Mich. Russo, 49, will oversee a business that generated more than $900 million in sales last year. He had been vice president of operations for AlliedSignal Turbocharging Systems. Russo succeeds Thomas Cresante, who will work in Arizona for Safety Components International.
ALUMINUM - The Aluminum Association said it will join the U.S. Council for Automotive Research in an ongoing study of vehicle recycling. The Washington-based trade group said it will work with USCAR's Vehicle Recycling Partnership to study the dismantling, recycling and reuse of car and truck parts.
NVH - Cascade Engineering Inc. and Essex Specialty Products Inc. have formed a joint venture to produce sound-deadening components. Cascade is based in Grand Rapids, Mich., while Essex is based in Auburn Hills, Mich. The new venture, called Sound Alliance, will be launched this month.
TRIM - Triam Automotive Inc. is expanding its plastics molding division. The Concord, Ontario, firm is adding equipment at its plant in Stoney Creek, Ontario, to supply parts to General Motors. Parts to be supplied include engine shields, valances and body moldings for 1999 and 2000 model years.
PLASTICS - Honda Motor Co. Ltd. has started using plastic intake manifolds produced by Mann-Hummel GmbH of Ludwigsburg, Germany. The manifolds are being installed in Honda Civic models equipped with 1.6-and 1.8-liter engines produced in Swindon, England.
SEATS - Lear Corp. has named Randall Carron president of its Far Eastern operations. Carron will handle strategic planning. Previously, Carron had been Lear's vice president of operations. The seat maker also named Bill Reaume president of its Scandinavian operation. Previously, Reaume managing director of that division.
MIRRORS - Donnelly Corp. will supply electrochromic mirrors for a new full-sized sport-utility vehicle to be built in 1999. The contract is expected to generate production of 50,000 electrochromic mirrors annually. Donnelly will produce the mirrors in Michigan.