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To: JubilationT who wrote (29003)11/18/2019 1:47:52 PM
From: JubilationT
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Reminded me that JH drove a spd loaded mustang once.

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To: JubilationT who wrote (29004)11/18/2019 1:55:36 PM
From: herewecome2001
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Parked in front of the restaurant where they used to hold the annual meetings, I sat in it, was a while ago.

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From: tinknocker11/18/2019 3:22:01 PM
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Interesting large TV @ 0:30 into the video, i wonder what it means.
oh, and they are at the Dubai air show today too.

?? It happened, all hot and beautiful this customer testimonial with Vision Systems - Architect of Innovations and Eric NOUVEL 3" to discover a concrete case of infrastructure evolution towards the #hyperconvergence with Access Ingenierie Informatique (A2i) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise ??

Témoignage client VISION SYSTEMS x ACCESS Group et HPE.

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To: herewecome2001 who wrote (29005)11/18/2019 7:32:25 PM
From: lunar
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Yes.And now it sits in the back of the parking lot at refi office.At least it was there at last SH meeting.Still has the MICHIGAN plates on it.

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To: lunar who wrote (29007)11/18/2019 9:30:50 PM
From: wallstreetbull
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I forget about this one so technically we have 4 plants or new productions lines.
Webasto to add $15.2 million production line and 183 jobs in Lexington
by Susan Baniak

For sunroof manufacturer Webasto Roof Systems, Inc., which announced plans in August to invest $15.2 million in a new production line that will bring 183 additional jobs to its Lexington facilities, the sky’s no limit.

Webasto’s high-tech roof systems, including its expansive, windshield-to-rear panorama sunroof designs, have been chalking up accolades from industry experts worldwide in recent years. A host of automakers, including Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Fiat Chrysler and Ford, have lauded the supplier’s quality, design and value-adding innovation.

“Before the end of the year, we will launch three completely new sunroofs with two different customers. These launches will continue into next year with increased volumes,” said John Wilder, Webasto Roof Systems plant manager, in announcing the new investment. “Our technology is some of the best offered by any manufacturers anywhere in the world. These are truly exciting times for Webasto and our Kentucky family.”


Webasto’s planned $15.2 million investment in its Lexington facilities will support the diversified global company’s core business of manufacturing advanced sunroof systems and components.

Although the company declined to disclose specific details about the new products that will be coming off the line over the next two years in Fayette County, recent advances in sunroof technology have incorporated everything from solar power cells for alternative vehicles to electrochromic darkening technologies to regulate window tinting. And if the level of innovation is any indicator, customers in search of a more enjoyable driving experience are increasingly looking for it through the roof.

Andre Schoenekaes

“There is an upward trend for panoramic sunroofs that is supporting the demand for more utility/crossover vehicles and trucks globally,” said Andre Schoenekaes, CEO and president of Webasto Roof Systems Americas. “The technology that we invest in Lexington will give us more flexibility to add multi-products in the future.”

The planned expansion comes as Webasto Roof Systems, a subsidiary of the Stockdorf, Germany-based Webasto Group, celebrates its 20th anniversary as part of the Lexington business community. The company opened its first manufacturing facility in Lexington as the inaugural tenant at the Blue Grass Business Park in 1998. Five years later, in 2003, it added a second 200,000-square-foot assembly plant on a nearby 18-acre site.

The company’s growth, both in North America and worldwide, has been strong and steady ever since, with global sales topping 3.5 billion euro in 2017. The largest share of those sales was generated by the company’s sunroofs and components business.

“The growth in Lexington is supporting our North American road map,” Schoenekaes said. “Webasto wants to achieve 5 billion euros of global sales in 2020—we are well on the way to achieving that goal.”


Webasto’s advanced roof systems have earned accolades from global industry experts, and automakers have lauded the company’s quality and innovation.

With a dual corporate strategy aimed at both strengthening its existing core businesses—namely sunroofs, convertibles and thermo systems—and delving into new business territory, including battery systems and charging systems for electric vehicles, Webasto sees more growth potential in North America, Schoenekaes said. The company recently acquired California-based AeroVironments Efficient Energy Systems for $35 million, further diversifying the company’s portfolio as it works to build its global presence in the electric vehicle charging business.

“This year also sees an exciting launch of a convertible top for the Jeep Wrangler,” Schoenekaes added. “So we continue to develop our sales in many new areas.”

Staying on top of evolving industry trends and sticking close to its customers geographically have been enduring elements of Webasto’s business model. As such, the company’s manufacturing footprint is key to its future success, Schoenekaes said. In terms of recent tariff proposals, Schoenekaes said that more than 80 percent of the company’s revenue in Lexington is supplied to customers within a 900-mile radius, and the localization rate of Webasto’s suppliers in the United States is about 80 percent.

“That means 20 percent of our components are imported and any tariff on that would still have a huge impact,” Schoenekaes said.

But the company’s history in Kentucky, its planned investment in further innovation and its longstanding reputation as a top supplier for the automotive industry both in the United States and abroad bode well for its future in the Bluegrass.

“Webasto is a respected employer in Fayette County and has been a top-quality supplier to automakers around the world over the past two decades,” said Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. “The company is indeed taking its business to the next level. This project is further evidence of Kentucky’s position as the center of engineering and manufacturing excellence in America. We are grateful to Webasto for their continued commitment to the Bluegrass State and our strong workforce.”

“Our 20-year journey in Lexington started with one small building and has evolved into over 500 employees and members of the Webasto family,” Schoenekaes said. “We are incredibly proud of our employees, products and customer relationships in Lexington.”

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To: wallstreetbull who wrote (29008)11/18/2019 9:37:40 PM
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Wabesto Web site


Home Original equipment Roof systemsInnovative Technologies

Innovative Technologies

Innovative strength has been a decisive driver of corporate development since the company's establishment. With a keen awareness of trends, a deep understanding of the requirements of the automotive industry and a high level of development expertise, Webasto always remains a step ahead of its competitors.

Roof Sensor ModuleThe Roof Sensor Module is a roof system for autonomous vehicles with attractively integrated sensors and related thermo and cleaning systems.

Ambient LightingLighting effects create a pleasant and individual atmosphere inside the passenger compartment. The lighting elements are integrated into the guide rails of the roof system or roof element, whereby the panels remain transparent.

Switchable GlazingWebasto was the first automotive supplier to present switchable glazing in a panorama roof. At the press of a button the glass panel either darkens or becomes transparent once again. The sunblind is rendered superfluous, thereby saving precious installation space.

Solar RoofThe solar roof from Webasto has been listed by the EU as an Eco Innovation. This award is only given to innovative, drivetrain-independent technologies that demon

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To: wallstreetbull who wrote (29009)11/18/2019 10:03:08 PM
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As sunroof supplier Webasto Roof Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Germany-based Webasto Group, will add a new production line and undertake a $15.2 million investment at its manufacturing plant in Lexington, Kentucky. The company plans to create 183 jobs.

In the two-year project, company leaders plan to add the new production line in one of two existing facilities in the Blue Grass Business Park, where the Webasto became the first tenant in 1998, Governor Matt Bevin’s Office said. The line will manufacture high-tech, electronically tintable all-glass panorama roof systems, which include optional tilt-slide sunroofs, for luxury vehicle marques.

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To: wallstreetbull who wrote (29010)11/18/2019 10:21:05 PM
From: wallstreetbull
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So someone may ask why everyone building plants well it looks like Wabesto is also building a plant in MIchigan after winning a Ford and Fiat Crysler contract. All this is done years in advance.

They already announces Kentucky line will make electronically tintable all glass panorama roof systems but I found nothing to say Michigan will also. My point on the Michigan plant is that companies do not build plants without contracts.

Ford Supplier Webasto To Build Factory In Michigan 0BY SHANE MCGLAUN— APR 25, 2019

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A German Ford supplier has announced that it will be opening a new facility in Plymouth Township, Michigan. The new facility that Webasto is building will be a large 300,000 square-foot facility that will see the company invest nearly $48 million in construction costs. The new manufacturing facility will be based near Schoolcraft and Haggerty Road in Plymouth Township.

When completed, the facility will create 441 jobs for the local area. The company is building the new facility after obtaining several contracts from Ford Motor Company and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has announced that it had approved a $2.7 million performance-based grant for Webasto Roof Systems Inc., which is a subsidiary of the Webasto Group.

The Webasto Group is a sunroof, convertible top, and heating systems manufacturer, and is a Ford supplier. The new manufacturing facility will produce automotive roof systems to begin and will have the capacity to expand to other product lines in the future. The goal currently is to have the new facility open by the end of 2020.

Plymouth Township Supervisor Kurt Heise says that he is happy about the deal since it will create new jobs and will improve the Township’s tax base. Webasto’s Edis Tokovic says that the new contracts mean that the company is exceeding its current manufacturing capacity and needs to expand. Webasto is aiming to double its sales revenue in the next two to three years.

There was competition for the manufacturing facility with Indiana and Ohio reportedly offering incentive packages to Webasto, but the company chose Michigan. Plymouth Township also provided a property tax abatement to help lure the new facility. Webasto already has 800 employees at other locations in Michigan with facilities already operating in Plymouth Township and Rochester Hills. It’s not clear what the contracts the Ford supplier has won will produce; Ford offers both convertibles, like the Mustang convertible, and vehicles with sunroofs.

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To: wallstreetbull who wrote (29010)11/18/2019 10:40:22 PM
From: JoAnnBarbour
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In the two-year project, company leaders plan to add the new production line in one of two existing facilities in the Blue Grass Business Park, where the Webasto became the first tenant in 1998, Governor Matt Bevin’s Office said. The line will manufacture high-tech, electronically tintable all-glass panorama roof systems, which include optional tilt-slide sunroofs, for luxury vehicle marque.

Webasto announce those plans in August of 2018 I couldn't find the actual press release from Webasto, but they're now at least 15 months into that two year project. That new production line may already be up and running, but if not, it should be soon enough. Once again, all signs point to 2020 as a pivotal year for Refr.

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To: wallstreetbull who wrote (29008)11/19/2019 6:37:43 AM
From: slipperywhenwet
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""I forget about this one so technically we have 4 plants or new productions lines""

Thanks for the reminder, forgot all about this one.

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