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E-M:/ New UAW-Environmental Partnership Showcases Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies Made in Southeast Michigan: Press Release
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Title: New UAW-Environmental Partnership Showcases
For More Information:
Charles Griffith, Ecology Center, 734-663-2400 x116
Claudette Juska, Ecology Center, 248-467-9532 (c)
Jim Pederson, UAW Region 1-A, 517-304-2705 (c)
UAW-Environmental Partnership Showcases Fuel-Efficient
Vehicle Technologies Made in Southeast Michigan
Machines Tour" Promotes New Technologies,
Policies for Investing in UAW Jobs and Cleaner Environment
UAW, environmental leaders and state officials joined together today
in a unique show of support for greater automobile fuel-efficiency.
This unprecedented partnership-known as the Green Machines
Tour-showcased a range of new vehicles and technologies currently or
soon to be produced in southeast Michigan. These new technologies,
said labor and environmental leaders, are key to enhancing the
competitiveness of the region's automobile industry.
"It's important to focus today on the things Detroit is doing
right," stated UAW Region 1-A Director Jimmy Settles."
"These new fuel efficient transmissions, engines and vehicles built by
UAW members here in Southeast Michigan are essential to our industry
staying competitive, helping to create and preserve good union jobs
while also improving fuel economy." Region 1-A hosted the
event along with the Ecology Center, a Michigan-based environmental
group that spearheaded the Green Machines Tour.
"The new technologies being showcased today represent a win-win for
both jobs and the environment," said Charles Griffith, Auto Project
Director at the Ecology Center. "Altogether, they will help
increase the fuel economy of more than 2 million vehicles per year by
4 to 20%, while at the same time creating more than $1.5 billion in
new investment and creating or preserving more than 2,300 jobs."
"That's the equivalent of putting more than half a million new
hybrids on the road each year," added Griffith.
Director David Hollister, of the Michigan Department of Labor and
Economic Growth (DLEG), also applauded the efforts in Southeast
Michigan and encouraged new policies that would increase support for
advanced vehicle technologies in Michigan - such as tax incentives
and funding for new technology development in the Governor's bond
"Michigan is fortunate to have attracted these important new
investments in advanced, fuel-efficient technologies," stated
Director Hollister. "But we can and must do more to keep
Michigan competitive. Passage of the Governor's $2 billion
bond proposal, as well as expanding advanced vehicle incentives in
Michigan's NextEnergy legislation and in federal legislation, would
go a long way toward ensuring that Michigan retains its automotive
The Green Machines event was held at UAW Local 735 next to GM's
Willow Run transmission plant, which begins production this summer of
a new fuel-efficient 6-speed transmission. The new transmission,
planned for introduction in a range of new GM vehicles, will provide
up to 10% better fuel economy than a standard 4-speed automatic.
GM recently announced an additional $150 million investment to
increase production of the new six-speed, resulting in a total of more
than 650 jobs that will be retained at the Willow Run plant.
Other featured technologies being produced in southeast Michigan
? A new 6-speed transmission from Ford's
Livonia Transmission plant
? Displacement on Demand engines from
GM's Romulus Engine plant
? Clean diesel engines soon to be produced
at Detroit Diesel in Redford
? DaimlerChrysler's upcoming "World"
engine to be built in Dundee.
"I commend the Ecology Center and UAW Region 1A for their
partnership in convening the Green Machines Technology Forum,"
stated Michigan's Senator Carl Levin, who has been spearheading
legislation in Congress to provide a mix of consumer and manufacturer
incentives for advanced vehicle technologies. "This forum will
demonstrate that we can have a healthy automotive industry and a
healthy environment. By promoting advanced technologies, we
advance the health of our environment while keeping good jobs - and
creating good jobs - here in Michigan."
The event was a debut of the Green Machines Tour in Michigan - an
educational campaign to showcase fuel-efficient vehicle technologies
being made in the nation's heartland, and to build awareness of new
policy opportunities that can further enhance the industry's
competitiveness in this area. The Tour was kicked-off last year
with the launch of Ford's Escape Hybrid in Kansas City.
"Not only do these new fuel-efficient technologies offer an enormous
potential for revitalizing auto manufacturing here the nation's
heartland, they also make positive environmental steps toward reducing
emissions of greenhouse gases and America's dependence on foreign
oil," said Griffith. "We want people in the Michigan to know
that they can support good paying, union manufacturing jobs and
buy an environmentally-friendly vehicle."
The Green Machines Tour is a project of the Ecology Center. The
Ecology Center is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization
that works for healthy communities, clean products and clean
production. More information about the Green Machines Tour can
be found at: www.greenmachinestour.org
UAW Region 1A is the union's largest Region, covering most
of Wayne County, including part of Detroit, and all of Monroe and