REDFORD, MI – The news hardly could have been better for a Rust Belt state that has been losing population and manufacturing jobs: Freightliner LLC will spend $275 million to renovate a dingy, 65-year-old Detroit Diesel Corp. factory in this aging Detroit suburb. The investment plans call for the 3.2 million-sq.-ft. (297,289-sq.-m) facility here to become home to a new heavy-duty truck engine line, medium-duty engine assembly and expanded axle assembly by 2007. The headquarters of ...

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