Business: Back with a Roar

Nowhere did the rapid pace of the steel comeback have a more salutary effect than on Detroit's sorely tried auto industry.

General Motors Corp., hardest hit, with 215,000 workers laid off and all production at a halt, was moving faster last week than even its own executives expected. G.M. expects to have all divisions operating at full speed by Dec. 18. Chevrolet plans to have 63,000 workers back, producing 40,000 cars a week, by about Dec. 16. The 13 Chevy assembly plants are shooting to break the alltime record of 188,410 cars produced last December. Chrysler Corp. finally had to shut down...

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