CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2007 |
On a warm May weekend in this Central Valley town, the irony was as thick as melting fudge. As usual, the annual Chocolate Festival was drawing hordes of fun-seekers. However, they were streaming in by the thousands just two weeks after Hershey Co. -- Oakdale's biggest employer and the nation's biggest candy company -- announced its plan to close its sprawling plant, eliminate all 575 jobs and open a new factory in Monterrey, Mexico.
March 24, 2007 |
Honda Motor Co. will spend at least $8 million to boost capacity by two-thirds at a Mexican assembly plant and switch all of its production to CR-V sport utility vehicles to meet rising North American sales. Honda will build 50,000 CR-Vs a year at El Salto, near Guadalajara, where it now makes Accord sedans at a rate of 30,000 a year. About half the CR-Vs built at El Salto will be sold in Mexico, and the rest will be shipped to the U.S. and a variety of Latin American markets.
October 15, 2001 |
Manufacturing output at Mexico's maquiladoras, the border plants that use low-cost labor to assemble products destined mainly for the U.S. market, fell 18% in August. Manufacturing overall in Mexico declined 6.3% compared with a year earlier. Mexico's manufacturers have been hard hit by the U.S. economic slowdown and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which have caused demand to soften. Makers of autos and automotive parts, consumer electronics and equipment are especially affected.
October 8, 2001 |
For the first time in more than a decade, employment and output at the foreign-owned factories along the U.S.-Mexico border are in decline. This has prompted concerns that investment in Mexico's manufacturing sector could slow, rippling across the broader economy. After 12 years of steady growth, the output at these factories, known as maquiladoras, could slide by 3% for all of 2001, said Rolando Gonzalez Barron, president of Mexico's maquiladora trade association.
July 26, 2000 |
U.S. authorities said Tuesday they have fined a Mexican factory for improperly disposing of its hazardous wastes north of the border--the first time a Mexican business has been sanctioned for violating U.S. environmental law. Maquiladora Chambers de Mexico, a leather belt manufacturer in Pitiquito, 75 miles south of the Arizona border in the Mexican state of Sonora, agreed to pay a $3,164 fine and train personnel in neighboring factories on waste disposal laws in the United States and Mexico.
December 4, 1999 |
Tustin-based PairGain Technologies Inc., which has seen its profit margins squeezed this year by competitors, said Friday that it is moving most of its manufacturing operations to Mexico. Company officials said that fewer than 100 of its 600 employees in Orange County would lose their jobs. PairGain has more than 800 employees worldwide. The company said the transition, which began last month, would be completed by the middle of next year.