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The authors present the key characteristics of the vast network of auto parts suppliers and describe the changing geography of U.S. motor vehicle production at the local, regional, national, and international levels.


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  1. The Parts of Your Vehicle
  2. Rise and Fall of Vertical Integration in the Midwest
  3. Supplying the Power
  4. The Body Builders
  5. Supplying the Suppliers
  6. The Closely Linked Supply Chain
  7. Seat Supplier Right Next Door
  8. Delivering the Goods
  9. Emergence of Auto Alley
  10. Abandoning Ohio: A Tale of Two Cities
  11. Chassis Suppliers Move South in Auto Alley
  12. Working for Suppliers
  13. The Rising Tide of Imports
  14. The Driving Force: Electronics Suppliers
  15. Conclusion: Surviving the Car Wars


9780880993340 (cloth) ; 9780880993333 (pbk.) ; 9781435678552 (ebook)

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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES; Globalization; Offshoring; ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; Industry studies

Who Really Made Your Car?: Restructuring and Geographic Change in the Auto Industry




Klier, Thomas H., and James M. Rubenstein. 2008. Who Really Made Your Car?: Restructuring and Geographic Change in the Auto Industry. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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