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January 7, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
About 60 employees were evacuated from an Anaheim factory for nearly three hours Thursday after a truck driver delivering a liquid processing agent rammed a storage tank and several drums spilled potentially toxic chemicals. Authorities attributed the crash to a "medical emergency" for which the driver was taken to a hospital for observation. The incident occurred about 1 p.m. at Firmenich, a dry-flavoring maker, in the 400 block of South Atchison Street.
June 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Honda Motor Co. will build a $550-million auto assembly plant near Greensburg, Ind., as part of a $1.18-billion global expansion, the company said Wednesday, ending a five-state scramble and bringing jobs to a state hit hard by manufacturing losses. The factory will employ 2,000 workers and eventually produce 200,000 vehicles annually, Honda executives said at a news conference.
June 19, 1991
Firefighters evacuated the residents of two Burbank apartment buildings early Tuesday when a nearby resin factory caught fire, emitting smoke that they feared might be hazardous. But safety experts determined that no hazardous compounds were involved in the blaze and tenants returned home within three hours. The midnight fire, which was extinguished in 70 minutes, caused $100,000 in damage to Fiber Resin, 170 W. Providencia Ave., Burbank Battalion Chief Douglas Parris said.
October 27, 1987 | ROBERT GILLETTE, Times Staff Writer
For the managers and the 5,000 employees of Tyazhstankogidropress, one of Western Siberia's leading manufacturers of heavy machine tools, this is a time of nervous anticipation. Next January, this sprawling factory in the heart of Novosibirsk will join 25,000 others--two-thirds of Soviet industry--in switching to a new and largely untried relationship with the state, and to an equally new form of internal management.
June 22, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
An old Studebaker factory was destroyed by fire in an area of Detroit that was once a major hub of the automotive industry. About 150 firefighters fought to bring the blaze under control at the century-old warehouse, which was about 60% vacant but contained a meat market, furniture store and other businesses. The building was the former home of a factory of Indiana-based Studebaker Bros. Manufacturing Co., which folded in the 1960s.
July 19, 2012 | By Robert J.S. Ross
Ralph Lauren, the crown prince of preppy, received more than $30 million in compensation in 2011 from the corporation he founded and of which he and his family control about 73%. He is on the Forbes list of billionaires. The Ralph Lauren firm physically produces nothing: It is a design, marketing and licensing operation that hires factories to make its stuff. The company has had the U.S. Olympic team deal since 2008. A men's team shirt costs $425 and a woman's skirt $498. The beret that makes the athletes look like recruits for the U.S. Special Forces and a T-shirt each cost $55. Perhaps it is the high unemployment rate or the in-your-face patriotism induced by an election year, but the news that Lauren's prep-chic outfits are made in China has produced a rare bipartisan storm of criticism.
November 12, 1999 | Associated Press
Nike Inc. is offering college activists a different kind of spring break, one that would take them on an inspection tour of the sports shoe and apparel company's factories around the world. Beaverton, Ore.-based Nike is trying to improve the perception of working conditions at its contract factories. Many of the company's harshest critics have been students, who contend the factories are dangerous sweatshops that hire underage workers and pay too little.
September 17, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
DaimlerChrysler may close or sell as many as seven factories that make parts for Chrysler cars as it tries to narrow losses, people familiar with the plans said. Chrysler, based in Auburn Hills, Mich., may keep plants if they become more efficient, said the people, who declined to be identified. The closures are part of a four-year agreement with the United Auto Workers reached Monday. From Bloomberg News
April 29, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Ford Motor Co. said it expected to resume production at the start of next week at seven North American plants idle because of a defective clutch part. The faulty part was made by a supplier, a spokeswoman said. The plants should reopen Monday, she said, declining to name the supplier. The idled assembly plants are in Michigan, Ohio, Missouri and Mexico. The factories employ about 16,800 hourly workers.
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