July 27, 2010 |
ARLINGTON, Texas — Every day at the General Motors Co. assembly plant, harried workers pull 15 of their freshly built sport utility vehicles off the line and climb all over them. It's not meant to be fun. They check the big vehicles high and low for fit and finish, squeaks and rattles, air and water leaks, and other problems — and typically find few flaws, despite the plant's frantic pace since January. But as surviving domestic auto plants here and elsewhere continue to stretch their production capacities with month after month of 50-hour weeks, they may test the limits of their quality-control systems.
April 12, 1991 |
In an innovative effort to defray the enormous cost of modern computer chip factories, Texas Instruments announced Thursday that it had enlisted the government of Singapore, Hewlett-Packard and Japan's Canon Inc. as partners in a $330-million chip-making joint venture. The venture is one of the few American high-technology efforts in which a government entity is participating as an equity partner, and it is also one of the first to link a major chip vendor with major computer systems suppliers.
October 29, 1987 |
Ironclad won't be tossing out its Tustin headquarters when it opens a 60,000-square-foot factory and distribution plant in Shreveport, La., early next year. Instead, the privately owned manufacturer of plastic trash bags plans "dramatic growth" over the next year at its Tustin facility, where almost 200 people are employed, company President John Marrelli said.
July 1, 1986 |
A Houston-based oil company said Monday that it will close its second and last Southern California manufacturing plant because plummeting oil prices have prompted the oil industry to quit ordering new equipment. About 150 employees at the Los Nietos factory of National Supply Co. will be gradually laid off between now and the closing in early 1987, the company said. The plant, which opened in the 1930s, makes pumps used to remove fluids from oil wells. David A.
November 5, 2005 |
Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday that rising global sales helped push up its profit by 2.1% for its fiscal second quarter, putting the world's second-largest automaker on track for its fourth straight year of record earnings. The gain comes as its American rivals General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. are losing money and market share in the U.S. and are scrambling to cut production and employment. Tokyo-based Toyota said its profit rose to 303.7 billion yen ($2.
October 26, 1985 |
The hard-hit semiconductor and computer industries continued to take their toll on Texas Instruments, which reported its second consecutive quarterly loss and announced a major retrenchment Friday. The Dallas-based company, whose losses in the third quarter climbed to $82.8 million, said it will reduce its manufacturing capacity, close two factories, eliminate 2,200 jobs worldwide and freeze wages for its remaining employees.