Category Archives: stamping

Firefighters respond to fire at former LMS building

Firefighters from two area departments along with the Sebewaing police were dispatched Wednesday to a fire at the former Lapeer Metal Stamping (LMS) building in the village. LMS opened in October 2004 after the former Tower Automotive plant closed in … Continue reading

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US to loan $5.9 bln to Ford to aid fuel efficiency

Well, this is interesting, especially when combined with a few other developments I’ll speak about after the quote. The US government will loan 5.9 billion dollars to Ford Motor Co. and 1.6 billion dollars to Japanese automaker Nissan to invest … Continue reading

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Auto parts makers to shed 37,000 jobs this year, Conference Board forecasts

More bad news for Canadian stampers. One can expect roughly the same results south of the border, at least in proportion. From Yahoo! Canada Finance The Conference Board of Canada says auto parts makers will cut 37,000 jobs, or about … Continue reading

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Chrysler dealers left without vehicles

Here’s another amusing (well, probably not to the dealers) side of the Chrysler saga. From the (Toronto) Globe and Mail: Chrysler Group LLC will start cranking out vehicles at seven of its North American assembly plants on June 29, but … Continue reading

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Chrysler plants will open in weeks: Fiat

From Canadian Manufacturing News, a Rogers publication. Some tentatively good news for stampers: Fiat [which now controls Chrysler] announced plans to resume production at its Brampton and Windsor plants and five other North American factories at the end of June. … Continue reading

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Ford Has No Plans to Match Rivals’ Scaled-Back Production

I’m glad to hear someone is worrying about the supplier base (stampers amongst them)! From the Wall Street Journal: Bill Ford, Jr., the Dearborn, Mich. auto maker’s executive chairman, said that the precarious state of auto parts suppliers remains the … Continue reading

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Lowered demand

This is the second in a series of discussions of developments over the last 6 months. How is demand for manufactured goods holding up? Here’s the picture in Canada. Real gross domestic product (GDP) declined 0.8% in the fourth quarter, … Continue reading

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Minority-Owned Suppliers Suffer: Tight Credit, Auto Slump Hurt Firms

There’s a lot more to this article, more about Lapeer and other small and medium sized stampers, but I found this part interesting. They are phrasing it in terms of minority suppliers, but in my experience it’s true of many … Continue reading

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Lapeer Metal Stamping in Sebewaing closing

Huron Daily Tribune Right before Labor Day, this town has received news no town wants to hear — one if its largest employers will be closing its doors. According to a Lapeer Metal Stamping representative from the Lapeer corporate office, … Continue reading

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Michigan wary of McCain trade message

FT.com Jim Zawacki, chairman of a metal-stamping manufacturer in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was apologetic but firm as he doled out some “straight talk” to John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, at a town hall meeting this week.Though Mr Zawacki has … Continue reading

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