North American light vehicle assembly plants in 1999 built to a solid 96.2% of their available capacity based on overall record demand for domestically produced vehicles, especially trucks. In the fourth quarter alone, light vehicle plants produced to 98.5% of their available capacity (full year straight-time capacity less holiday and vacation shutdowns), a significant increase over the third quarter's 92.6%. The fourth-quarter uptick was aided by heavy overtime at several truck plants of ...

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