Inside Northstar Industrial Services: How it’s making an impact in the auto industry
Industrial Services and Manufacturing (ISM) are the key pillars of Northstar’s strategy for the auto sector.
Its not just about building vehicles or developing parts.
In addition to being an industry leader in the supply chain, Northstar also develops manufacturing processes and supplies, as well as technology and advanced manufacturing solutions for the automotive industry.
To understand how ISM has impacted the automotive sector, you have to go back to its roots in North Carolina.
Back in the early 1900s, North Carolina was a hub for cotton growing, cotton, and other goods and services, especially in the region.
With the Civil War ending, North Carolinians moved out of the city and into the country.
The country’s economy suffered and the manufacturing sector was cut in half.
Northstar’s industrial services operations, in addition to its factory facilities, became the backbone of the North Carolina economy, producing the vehicles, parts, and supplies for many of North Carolina’s auto companies.
But when the Great Depression hit in the late 1930s, manufacturing jobs were hard to come by.
There were a few businesses that could supply the industry and those were the large auto makers, like General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler.
By the 1950s, the country’s automotive industry was suffering due to the Great Recession.
Then, in the 1970s, Ford introduced the F-Series in North America, the first car that had a fully automated driving system and the first cars that could be fully automated.
In the 1980s, a company called Ford Motor Company (now known as Ford) purchased the Northstar manufacturing facilities and turned them into a new automotive company called Northstar Automotive, a joint venture with General Motors.
After the merger, NorthStar was known as Northstar Motors.
Northstar Automobile is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.
Northstar currently employs nearly 100,000 people in North and South Carolina.
NorthStar also owns and operates several automotive production facilities, including the Shelby Manufacturing Center in North Charleston, South Carolina, the Shelby-Hewitt Motor Assembly Plant in Charlotte, North Charleston (near Charlotte International Airport), and the Shelby Plant in Spartanburg, South Carolinias largest city.
NorthSTAR’s industrial operations include:Shelby Manufacturing CenterShelley-Hearn Motor Assembly plantCarlyle-North Charleston Motor Assembly facilityShelter-Hale Manufacturing CenterNorth Charleston-Henderson-Hilton Motor Assembly CenterCarly-Heneley Manufacturing CenterSouth Carolina Shelby-Highland Manufacturing CenterThe company has operations throughout North and Southern Carolina, including in Georgia, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Alabama.
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