GM's Pearce has leukemia
General Motors Vice Chairman Harry Pearce has been diagnosed with leukemia.
The cancer was detected during a routine checkup, and Pearce had not been ill, said GM spokesman Richard Nelson.
The spokesman said Pearce will continue with his duties.
Pearce, 55, was named vice chairman in 1996.
Pearce's duties include overseeing the corporate staffs, Information Systems and Services, Allison Transmission Division and Hughes Electronics Corp.
GM logo could tower over city
DETROIT - General Motors is thinking about building a 260-foot tower atop the 70-story Westin Hotel in its Renaissance Center Global Headquarters, according to Crain's Detroit Business, a sister publication to Automotive News.
Perched on the highest structure in downtown Detroit, the tower - dominated by a huge GM logo - would be a notable part of Detroit's skyline.
Matt Cullen, general manager of GM's Enterprise Activities Group, confirmed that engineering studies for the sign have been completed and the corporation is awaiting cost estimates. Other GM officials must still approve, as must the GM President's Council.
Crain News Service
Hayes rolls into Africa
ROMULUS, Mich. - Hayes Lemmerz International Inc. - the world's largest wheel producer - is rolling into Africa.
Last week, Hayes announced plans to purchase a majority stake in NF Die Casting (Pty) Ltd., which makes aluminum wheels in South Africa. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
NF Die Casting's plant near Johannesburg produces up to 700,000 wheels a year. Annual sales are $30 million.