The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) says its Vehicle to Grid Program could drastically alter the marketplace for electric vehicles (EV). In the program, electric vehicles not in use will earn revenue from power companies by serving as miniature energy stations.

“Electric cars have pretty large batteries,” points out Camron S. Gorguinpour, director of transformational innovation for the program. “So we are researching if the batteries can be utilized for energy storage uses to offset the additional cost of acquiring them.”

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Dearborn Mid-West Co. is differentiating itself in the automotive industry by providing cutting-edge engineering with its latest 3-D design technology. “We design in the same software as the car companies so we can match exactly, but the whole conveyor system is now designed in 3-D,” Vice President of Automotive/Industrial Division C.J. Bagierek says. 

Dearborn Mid-West provides self-performed turnkey material-handling solutions. Starting out as two separate fabrication shops in 1947, the company has evolved into operating full-service locations in Michigan and Kansas. “About 70 percent of the business is based in Michigan and 30 percent is in Kansas,” Bagierek adds. 

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As the world’s leading chemical company, BASF serves almost every industry there is. In the automotive market, BASF understands not only the successes of the industry, but also its challenges, and is dedicated to creating solutions that help the automotive business maintain its strengths. This understanding has made BASF the world’s leading automotive supplier in the chemical industry. 

“The number of cars on our streets is growing constantly,” the company says. “By 2020, there will be approximately 1.2 billion cars on the road worldwide, an increase of nearly 300 million compared to 2012. Already today, mobility is facing new challenges: global population growth, rising standards of living in emerging markets, increasing urbanization, climate change and the limited availability of fossil fuels require new concepts with regard to sustainability and energy efficiency.”

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Illinois-based manufacturer Camcraft is very clear about what it does and why it does it. Camcraft provides precision-machined components used in the hydraulic, fuel-delivery and engine management systems  of on- and off-highway engines. The company dates back to the 1950s  as a small Chicago job shop, but today employs approximately 300 people in a much larger operation just outside Chicago in Hanover Park, Ill. Unlike its size, however, the company’s mission or it’s “why” has remained the same.

“Our mission is very unique and the first part is to glorify God in everything we do,” says Steve Olsen, vice president of operations. “The second part of our mission is related to that and it’s to have a company culture that makes it a great place to work for our people.” 

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AAM is a global Tier I automotive supplier of driveline and drivetrain systems and related components for light trucks, SUVs, passenger cars, crossover vehicles and commercial vehicles. Its footprint is regionally cost-competitive and operationally flexible regarding global manufacturing, engineering and sourcing. It says its competitive advantage is its highly engineered, advanced technology products, processes and systems, along with operating performance, the company says.

The company’s technical center and global engineering centers are driven by a systematized innovation process. Advanced, innovative technology in fuel efficiency, safety, environmental concerns and vehicle performance is key to delivering maximum value and satisfaction for customers, the company says.

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HVCC is a provider of automotive thermal energy management solutions. The company’s products and services control cabin temperature in vehicles and provide powertrain cooling solutions using its state-of-the-art technologies. It has become the world’s leading company in its market because of its technological capabilities and its ability to achieve a high level of customer satisfaction.

The company in its current form began to take shape earlier this year when Visteon Corporation and its Korean affiliate Halla Climate Control (HCC) entered into an agreement to consolidate most of Visteon's automotive climate business into HCC. The transaction was first outlined in September 2012, and it was completed in the first quarter of 2013.

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Manufacturers in a variety of industries have trusted Metform International Ltd. to provide the equipment they need for roll forming and coil processing for more than 45 years, and President Mark Volkmann says the company’s success has been no accident. In addition to the overall high quality of the equipment Metform International builds, Volkmann says the company’s ability to create complete solutions for its customers’ needs has driven its success over the years and should continue to do so well into the future.

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A quiet ride is the sign of a well-built vehicle, a feature Uniseal Inc. has helped original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) achieve for more than 50 years. The company, headquartered in Evansville, Ind., specializes in innovative adhesives and sealers for the transportation, agricultural and heavy equipment industries. Additionally, many of the company’s products find use in any number of industrial applications.

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