Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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MISSOURI AUTOMAKING Ford Puts Brake On Tempo

Ford Motor Co.'s auto-assembly plant in Kansas City rolled out its last Ford Tempo on Friday, marking the end of production for both the Tempo and Mercury Topaz after 11 years.

On the same day, the plant began preparations to launch production of the Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique on July 18.

The Tempo-Topaz was introduced in 1983, when Ford and the rest of the U.S. auto industry were struggling. Its aerodynamic styling was novel, with some competitors calling the car "the jellybean." But the model struggled for sales in recent years and was criticized as too old. AP

***** ILLINOIS LABOR RELATIONS Caterpillar Strikes Back

Caterpillar Inc. suspended indefinitely on Friday six United Auto Workers, alleging misconduct on the picket line during a four-day strike. Similar suspensions of union workers triggered the strike.

The company also released a letter it sent Friday to the UAW, rejecting its proposal to let workers vote on either the 1988-91 contract or the company's final offer. "For whatever reason, you and your colleagues are unwilling to return to the bargaining table," Caterpillar Vice President Wayne Zimmerman said in the letter.

UAW Local 974 president Jerry Brown said the union was disappointed by the company's response and accused Caterpillar of misrepresenting its position on resuming negotiations. AP

***** NATIONAL RETAILING J.C. Penney Going Spanish

Major retailer J.C. Penney Co. said Friday it will start a catalog in Spanish for Mexico, where it will open two stores next spring.

The catalog will be developed by the end of the year and will list prices in pesos, Bill McCarthy, president of the catalog division, said after the company's annual meeting. …

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