MARION, SC – The popularity of SUVs and the continued healthy market for minivans in North America has opened the door – literally – to new opportunities for ArvinMeritor Inc. This small town an hour northwest of Myrtle Beach is home to ArvinMeritor’s sole North American plant for producing gas springs, which provide the familiar “whooshing” sound each time a lift gate opens on an SUV or minivan. Gas springs also are used to prop up hoods and deck lids. The supplier’s research indicates ...

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