retool for

retool for something

 
1. Lit. to set up with new or altered tools for a different kind of production. The factory was closed down so they could retool for next year's model. How soon can we retool for this new line ofproducts?
2. Fig. to prepare oneself for a different kind of work. He decided to retool for a new job in the computer industry. I am too old to retool for a job like this.

retool something for something

to set up a factory with new or altered tools for a different kind of production. The manager decided to retool the factory for greater efficiency. We will retool the plant for next year's models.
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If the government will use part of the auto industry "green retooling" funds already approved by Congress to redesign and retool for production of Extreme Hybrids under the AFS Trinity plan or under an alternative plan from a manufacturer that would employ AFS Trinity technology, a factory being closed in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin or another state, could be re-opened and its employees returned to work.
Whether you're an entrepreneur thinking about cashing in your chips, or an executive who wants to retool for growth, you'll have to plan for a period of change.