GM picks Hayes Lemmerz
Hayes Lemmerz International Inc. has received a multimillion dollar contract from General Motors to supply four styles of fabricated wheels for the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-sized pickup. The contract calls for four different wheel styles, including two that are painted and two that are chrome clad. Hayes Lemmerz's European Aluminum Wheel group earlier received a contract from PSA Group for aluminum wheels for the new Peugeot MPV, an all-purpose vehicle. The value of the contract was not disclosed. The orders will be filled by the Hayes Lemmerz plant in Dello, Italy.
LABOR - UAW members at Dana Corp. ratified a new three-year master agreement by nearly 90 percent. A union spokeswoman said the agreement covers approximately 1,600 UAW employees at Dana facilities in four states. The contract runs through Dec. 3, 2001. It includes increases in wages and incomes, retirement benefits, group insurance protections and other programs.
HONORS - Excel Industries Inc. of Elkhart, Ind., has received Indiana's Quality Improvement Award. Excel's Belvedere mass transit/RV/heavy-truck window and door plant was recognized for its measurable progress in improving quality. Belvedere is QS-9000 certified.
HONORS - Zollner Pistons LLC of Fort Wayne, Ind., has received the Excellence in Quality and Delivery award from Navistar International Corp. of Chicago. Zollner supplies pistons to engine manufacturer Navistar.
OPENING - The Detroit branch of SAE has moved into an office in Troy, Mich. The site doubles SAE-Detroit's meeting and office space and includes a three-classroom Professional Engineering Education Center.
BRAKES - Freudenberg-NOK has received a $10 million contract with Bosch Braking Systems of South Bend, Ind., to supply Bosch with molded brake systems components. Freudenberg-NOK will add 65 employees and $3 million in capital equipment to its Scottsburg, Ind., plant to supply Bosch. The Scottsburg facility, which houses the Brake Products business, is expected to have annual sales of approximately $35 million for 1998.