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  • Ford's Electrification Master Plan: Going Beyond GM And Tesla?  [View article]
    I don't know how the Hydrogen Fuel Cell would be configured. I do know that the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster had the leaky solid fuel booster ignite the liquid hydrogen tank, which proceded to destroy the shuttle in an awesome display (I saw it, while working at Pratt & Whitney, Florida). Government regulators would have to buy into whatever safety systems/stories the automotive company was selling. Doubtful, from their recent history in "recall-happy mode".
    Jan 15, 2016. 05:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford's Electrification Master Plan: Going Beyond GM And Tesla?  [View article]
    Hydrogen fuel cells will react like hydrogen dirigibles did 100 years ago...aka Das Hindenberg. How do you prevent the taking out of 'city blocks' during crashes, with an acceptable chance of explosion?
    Jan 14, 2016. 12:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. auto sales set record in 2015 but face slower growth this year  [View news story]
    What are you talking about???? Everything in your post is BS. May I suggest posting on Yahoo, if you can't get your facts straighter than this.... Y
    Jan 5, 2016. 11:17 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford ditches Takata air bag inflators  [View news story]
    To all the American car buyers that proclaim the "clear" superiority of German and Japanese engineering.....VW Diesels and Takata Airbags. Deal.
    Dec 2, 2015. 11:40 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford gives first look at next-gen MKZ  [View news story]
    I also like the new MKZ look. Cleaner and sleeker. Hope the quality and reliability is top notch, also.
    Nov 20, 2015. 12:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • New production strategy emerging out of Detroit  [View news story]
    The Union workers didn't get raises during the economic "bad times", but I remember large (thousands $) annual bonus's being paid. That was good management strategy to protect the workforce from large layoffs when things go bad again. The ProUnion posters never seem to include management efforts to protect them and include them in profitable times. They just demonize these folks, and seek to control/destroy them. Until that attitude changes to what's best for the whole company (including non-union professionals, such as myself - who create the products), Union control must be fought by every means available.
    Nov 16, 2015. 01:01 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Boeing, Airbus lower on Rolls-Royce's gloomy outlook  [View news story]
    Joshua, I've worked at all 3 of the large engine firms during the 80's and 90's. For what its worth, I thought the management at GE Evendale (Cincinnati) was the best, and the technical expertise in the R&D department excellent. Their joint venture with the French company (Snecma?) to gain access to the eurocentric Airbus market was brilliant. The SNECMA engines are almost entirely US engineered and built. P&W (I was in Florida) would be next, so long as you didn't look at stuff developed in Florida and manufactured in Connecticut (huge disconnect there). My Rolls Royce experience (one year was all I could take) was at the old Allison Engine plant in Indianapolis. Rolls bought it to get a foothold in US military helicopter sales, or so I heard. Their management was so mindlessly bureaucratic, that I don't know how they survive in a competitive market. Hope that helps....
    Nov 13, 2015. 12:31 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Molycorp files restructuring plan  [View news story]
    Anybody know if the common stock holders get anything?? Thanks, in advance.
    Nov 11, 2015. 12:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford strikes deal with UAW  [View news story]
    CBronco, the way the system works is you shouldn't buy a VW or a car with a Takata airbag. Punish bad companies with your purchasing decisions. Would you trust the government to protect you from all those bad companies...the government that paid a Canadian company billions to roll out an Obamacare website that didn't work for a year or so? Government has a role in exposing bad corporate behavior, but empowering them to make purchasing decisions for you seems incredibly naive.
    Nov 9, 2015. 10:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • UAW chooses GM for next round of labor negotiations  [View news story]
    If the "well paid" engineers make the important decisions in quality and computer controls, shouldn't they be making the big money? Why pay unskilled labor $30/hr to follow other people's instructions? I would guess when benefits and overtime are factored in, engineers and other non-union employees make less than the factory workers. I would agree that most important problems and advances in the automotive industry should be put squarely on the engineers plates. ps As anyone who has worked in a large unionized plant knows, it is the work rules , not the wages that cost the company big.
    Oct 26, 2015. 03:42 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Nucor beats by $0.22, misses on revenue  [View news story]
    They are doing great - especially considering the depressed market for steel with Chinese overcapacity.(and dumping)
    Oct 22, 2015. 10:04 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Fiat Chrysler, UAW reach tentative labor agreement  [View news story]
    Nurses have worked 4 ten hour days for as long as I can recall. Their work is more stressful and mentally challenging than assembly line work. So, why the whining....?????
    Oct 12, 2015. 12:03 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • GE to move engine plant to Canada, blames lack of Ex-Im Bank financing  [View news story]
    Good job Jasonhad. Your points are all right on....never trust a Banker. The truth is not in them.
    Sep 30, 2015. 06:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • GE to move engine plant to Canada, blames lack of Ex-Im Bank financing  [View news story]
    Conservatives, you can't cut back government without cutting programs that overlap with the private sector - BANKS in otherwords.
    Sep 28, 2015. 10:39 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • GE Could Buy IBM  [View article]
    I worked at both IBM and GE some years past. GE is better managed. IBM's top management were arrogant, gutless control freaks who were afraid to compete with the Japanese or any competent company. GE management worked to dominate whatever market they competed in, giving their employees the tools and training to succeed.
    Sep 16, 2015. 11:47 AM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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