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Ford's Hybrid Transmission Plant Uses Flexibility to Beat Outsourcing

DailyTech -- DailyTech had the privilege of touring Ford Motor Comp.'s new hybrid transmission flex-line assembly plant in Sterling Heights, MI last Thursday. Located on Van Dyke Rd., roughly 20 min. northeast of the city of Detroit, the Van Dyke Transmission plant has been opened since 1968.

Long in the tooth, some feared the long-standing facility could become the latest casualty of a fading American manufacturing empire. But Ford was determined not to let that happen.

The "secret sauce" that helps keep costs so low at the transmission plant is its flexible design. Capable of producing either the 6F - a conventional 6-speed automatic - or the HF35 - a hybrid transmission, the plant can compensate for lulls in hybrid demand by producing conventional transmissions.

..many difficulties facing th


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Old news. Read this yesterday.
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Sounds good to me.
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Good planning
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Flexibility is important.
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WHEN PIG OIL BRINGS THE ECONOMY TO IT'S KNEES NOBODY WILL BE BUYING CARS OR ANYTHING ELSE. BE PREPARED THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE NICE.
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Ok
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Plain old fashioned business sense.
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Good deal Ford;keeping american jobs home.Thanks
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Great production people.
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Ford seems to be on a good roll lately.
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only make what is needed-what will they think of next ?
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ok
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Great for them......
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great
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Flexibility definitely a key to prosperity
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Good for Ford
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Keep up the good work FORD!
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Good for Ford and the flexibility.
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nice
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Great!
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Alrighty than...
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Nice
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versatility
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good
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Interesting!!!
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Good that they are looking at all costs to see that saving or creating new domestic jobs really does save them money.
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and...
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Why didn't they do this with the dozens that they did close?
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avoiding outsourcing or the riots in india? move the jobs back here.
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slick move by ford
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Flexibility and diversity of abilities may prove to be this plant's salvation.
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It's great to create jobs at these hard times.
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It's great that we can create jobs in this time of need.
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Cool! way to go Ford!!!
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good news, about time
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Some good news.
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I am pleasantly surprised. Good for both Ford and the UAW. The past record of the UAW has been to hurt it's employer for short term benefit. I am glad to see that Ford and the UAW are working together. A win-win situation.
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Gee, it all makes sense now, after having read the article. I need one of those flexibilitys for use around the house to work on the Honey Do List.
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Lots of nice pictures.

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