Collins & Aikman Surprise Ford With No Supplies

The Wall Street Journal's reporting that major FoMoCo supplier Collins & Aikman decided this past weekend to cut off deliveries of certain parts and supplies to a Ford plant in Mexico. In this world of J.I.T. (Just In Time) supply, it caused a wee bit of a problem in the automaker's ability to produce cars at the… » 10/18/06 9:14am 10/18/06 9:14am

Breaking! Collins & Aikman Submits Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization…

The once-beleaguered auto supplier and current stunner of automotive supplier industry critics, Collins & Aikman, released a gameplan for bankruptcy reorganization that should allow them a way out of its current Chapter 11 status. Although confirmation of the plan still is subject to a bunch of conditions — like… » 8/31/06 9:48am 8/31/06 9:48am

Jeep Suppliers Get JIT All Over The Assembly Line

Jeep's newest assembly line in Toledo, the one that's opening today to make the 2007 Jeep Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited, is money when it comes to the JIT. That's Just-In-Time — the inventory strategy whereby parts are stocked and ordered only as needed and it's the way things've been done with suppliers… » 8/28/06 1:26pm 8/28/06 1:26pm