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post #1 of 21 Old 09-21-2006, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
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American Axle sends Camaro work to Mexico

this is a follow up to Axle plant's hopes ride on new Camaro

Souce: Business First of Buffalo - Thomas Hartley

Hope was dashed Wednesday that American Axle & Manufacturing's local axle plant could land work on the GM's new Camaro muscle car.

The company told employees that the work, instead of being assigned to Buffalo, will be done at a Mexican plant.

"I'm disappointed and disgusted," said Kevin Donovan, the United Auto Workers union's Region 9 assistant director.

"The plant worked hard to make American Axle a success which gave them the opportunity to build plants in Mexico. Now the company is taking work that we worked real hard to bring here and is putting it into Mexico," he said.

Plant officials told UAW members at meetings in the morning and afternoon where the decision was announced that American Axle will aggressively pursue other new work for the Delavan Avenue facility.

A company official at Detroit headquarters declined comment.

Donovan estimated that 130 local jobs probably would have been involved in producing components for the Camaro, which is being introduced in the 2008 model year.

The plant has about 650 to 700 hourly workers. Several hundred more are on layoff, some since early this year.

At three Western New York facilities -- Buffalo, Town of Tonawanda and Cheektowaga -- American Axle has 1,700 employees.

The modern update of the popular 1960's-era model Camaro is being assembled at General Motors Corp.'s plant in Oshawa, Ont.

Workers at GM's Powertrain plant in the Town of Tonawanda were still waiting this week to learn if they would be assigned to make the Camaro's engines.

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post #2 of 21 Old 09-21-2006, 06:16 AM
 
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So far this "American Icon" has no America in it...

Not off to a good start. Let's hope most of the parts are sourced in the states.
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post #3 of 21 Old 09-22-2006, 04:35 PM
 
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once again the true american muscle car is gone for ever
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who cares atleast this car is going to be great quality well..i hope so...if this car was made by the usa it would be garbage!
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So far this "American Icon" has no America in it...

Not off to a good start. Let's hope most of the parts are sourced in the states.
Just like when Chevy advertised the 1993 Camaro 'From the country that brought you Rock N Roll'

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who cares atleast this car is going to be great quality well..i hope so...if this car was made by the usa it would be garbage!
That's a really ****ty attitude...

So you're saying every car made in the US is garbage?

That would include the Camry, Altima, Honda Accord too?
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everyone is missing the fact that its about pride, camaro is brought up in a conversation between two people they think american muscle car. It takes the whole point out of this new start, they are bringing back an american icon, its not going to be an american icon if its built in many different countries, theres no pride behind that. Gavin you have no pride when comes to your own country. You as a fifth gen. supporter should be pushing along with everyone else here to have as much of this car built in america as we want as camaro owners.

And i as an automotive tech dare you to go up to these auto workers that sweat there a** off day in and day out striving to put the american pride back in our cars and tell them that their work is garbage. you'd be in for one hell of an awakening.
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everyone is missing the fact that its about pride, camaro is brought up in a conversation between two people they think american muscle car. It takes the whole point out of this new start, they are bringing back an american icon, its not going to be an american icon if its built in many different countries, theres no pride behind that. Gavin you have no pride when comes to your own country. You as a fifth gen. supporter should be pushing along with everyone else here to have as much of this car built in america as we want as camaro owners.

And i as an automotive tech dare you to go up to these auto workers that sweat there a** off day in and day out striving to put the american pride back in our cars and tell them that their work is garbage. you'd be in for one hell of an awakening.
It isn't about pride, it's about dollars and cents, that is the bottom line with EVERY major manufacturer in the USA today.

People need to wake up from the 'BUY USA' attitude, those days are gone and will never return. Fact is there isn't one vehicle today that is 100% usa made, manuf or assembled.

Also, internet groups like this one are the MINORITY when it comes to things like the Camaro. While GM does monitor them for opinion, they are a very small voice compared to the overall target market for something like a new vehicle.

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It isn't about pride, it's about dollars and cents, that is the bottom line with EVERY major manufacturer in the USA today.

People need to wake up from the 'BUY USA' attitude, those days are gone and will never return. Fact is there isn't one vehicle today that is 100% usa made, manuf or assembled.

Also, internet groups like this one are the MINORITY when it comes to things like the Camaro. While GM does monitor them for opinion, they are a very small voice compared to the overall target market for something like a new vehicle.
Im sorry that u feel that way, that u believe we the consumer, don't have a voice in the products we buy. we might be the minority but we still have a voice.

Yes i have a buy american attitude, everychance i get the products i buy come with a made in america stamp, i have pride in my country.everyone should hate how our jobs are being sent over seas and everytime you buy an overseas you are supporting the idea cheaper labor movement.
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so when i buy something its going to be made as much in america as it can. and ifs its not enough when i buy it, ill buy the stuff to make it more american, and that means when i buy the new camaro ill pull the mexican made axles and replace them with american made ones, cause attitudes like that keep pay checks coming to hard working americans.
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