auto industry en GM Announces Its 30th Recall Of The Year Thus Far General Motors' recall problems continue to mount. Wed, 21 May 2014 14:14:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 48381 at Beshear: Kentucky Can Become Next Automotive Powerhouse <p></p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday he wants Kentucky to be as synonymous with the auto industry as Detroit.</p><p>The Democratic governor announced the formation of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association to promote Kentucky as an automotive hub.</p><p>Beshear emphasized the association is not a state agency, but it will get some state money for marketing purposes. Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Larry Hayes will be the group's chairman.</p><p>Board members include representatives from Toyota, Ford, General Motors and various automotive supply companies.</p><p>Beshear said Kentucky ranks third in the country in light vehicle production. Kentucky's automotive exports reached a record $5.5 billion last year. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:13:16 +0000 Associated Press 46279 at Beshear: Kentucky Can Become Next Automotive Powerhouse Just How New Is The 'New' GM? During her grilling before Congress last week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra insisted the new General Motors is different and better than the old one.<p>So as GM begins to fix nearly 2.6 million vehicles for an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to at least 13 deaths, we decided to put that claim to the test.<p>Exactly how new is the new GM?<p>NBC's <em>Saturday Night Live</em> answered with <a href="">a parody version</a> of Barra's explanation:<p>"I can't speak to how the old GM would handle an issue like this Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:42:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 46260 at Just How New Is The 'New' GM? Hendrickson USA Brings Huge Investment and Jobs To Hardin County <p>The manufacturer of suspension systems and components for heavy-duty vehicles will create 75 jobs as a result of their $20 million investment. The company held a ceremonial groundbreaking for their plant Wednesday in Elizabethtown.</p><p>The site will manufacture products to supply the company's existing operations in nearby states at their new location in the T. J. Patterson Industrial Park. Construction of the 100,000 sq ft building is expected to be completed later this year. The company has two existing operations in Somerset and Lebanon employing 450 Kentuckians.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:06:31 +0000 Joe Corcoran 45706 at German Auto Supplier to Locate in South Central Kentucky <p>An automotive supplier is opening a plant in south central Kentucky that will create more than 100 jobs.&nbsp; Germany-based Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems will build a new manufacturing facility in Russell Springs, creating 155 full-time jobs and investing $29 million dollars in the commonwealth.&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Schneider produces parts for companies such as Ford, GM, BMW, and Volkswagen.&nbsp;</p><p>Russell Springs was chosen over 69 other potential sites adding to Kentucky’s growing list of foreign investors.&nbsp;</p><p>“At the end of an intensive selection process, we decided to choose Russell Springs,” said Wilhelm Wirth, member of the Dr. Schneider board of directors. “The decisive factors included the quality and expandability of the facility and the competitive location costs.</p><p>The announcement marks the third German-owned company to locate in the commonwealth this year, all three of which serve the auto industry.&nbsp;</p><p>So far this year, Kentucky ranks third nationally for light vehicle production and first on a per capita basis. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:32:14 +0000 Lisa Autry 35314 at Warren County Auto Parts Manufacturer Expanding Production, Adding Jobs <p>An auto-industry supplier is planning a $10 million expansion of a facility in Bowling Green, with plans calling for two new production lines and an add-on to the existing building. KIRIU USA President and CEO Mark Kimura says the expansion should be done by the time the company celebrates its 10th anniversary this fall. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:29:34 +0000 Associated Press 14123 at