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NATION GM opts to revamp designing process



Published: Sat, January 26, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



NATIONGM opts to revampdesigning process

DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. plans to restructure its vehicle design process to make it more efficient and faster, a spokesman said Friday. He said the decisions on the design process changes will be revealed to employees within "several days" and then to the public. Robert Lutz, chairman of GM North America, has said the design process relies too heavily on research and unwanted and costly features, and not enough on style.

Auto parts plant movesoperations from Pa.

HOPE, Ark. -- The Champion Arkansas auto parts plant will expand, resulting in about 100 new jobs for the area, but the expansion is linked to the company's closing of a plant in Beech Creek, Pa. Champion chief executive Jerry Bragiel said it will take up to 18 months to integrate the Pennsylvania operation into the plant here.

Champion moved its headquarters from Chicago to Hope in 1999. The company re-manufactures a variety of auto parts, including wiper motors, alternators, starters, generators, distributors, power steering gears, carburetors and CV axles.

Associated Press




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