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Labor Honcho Proudly Buys Chevy ... Made in Canada

The best-laid plans...
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2011 9:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – Hilda Solis had good intentions, but... Obama's labor secretary pulled up to a media breakfast yesterday in a brand new set of wheels, having disposed of the standard-issue black limo officials use to get around DC in favor of a silver Chevy Equinox. "What better example could I set if I encouraged my staff to go and purchase ... a vehicle that would send a signal that we're for supporting our American workers, American-made products," she proudly explained of the switch. One problem: The Chevrolet wasn't exactly made in America.

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Though the profits end up in American hands, the car is actually made at two plants in Canada. And it's so popular, notes US News & World Report, that GM has been hiring more workers—in Canada, of course—to fulfill the demand. After her office was alerted to the reality of the situation, a rep came back with the following: "Modern automobile manufacturing is a global industry. ... Not only is the Equinox the second fastest selling SUV in America—a good sign for the overall health of the US auto industry—66% of its parts were made in America. That’s up from about 50% just a few years ago." (Read more Hilda Solis stories.)

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