Ford Motor Co. today launches production of the ’11 Ford Explorer at its Chicago assembly plant, which recently underwent extensive renovations. The $400 million outlay to accommodate Explorer output comprises a $180 million investment in the auto maker’s Chicago facility and nearby stamping plant, as well as $220 million for launch and engineering costs. A number of plant components were reworked, ranging from vehicle carriers to overhead clamshells that transport unfinished vehicles ...

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