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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.
August 12, 2005 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
Kia Motors Corp. wants to join the flood of Asian and European carmakers operating U.S. manufacturing plants in the South. The South Korean company, an affiliate of Hyundai Motor Co., is looking at sites in Mississippi and Kentucky, among others, for its first North American factory. Mississippi, home to a Nissan Motor Co. assembly plant, would be the favored location, said Kia spokesman Michael Choo. The state is next door to Alabama, where Hyundai opened a $1.
August 21, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Boeing Co. will expand a satellite production factory in El Segundo by about 30% as it transfers work from another plant. The factory has orders to make more than 38 satellites and will add orders for 12 Air Force Block IIF global positioning satellites, which were to be made at a plant in Seal Beach, Boeing said. Seattle-based Boeing acquired the El Segundo factory when it bought Hughes Electronics Corp.'s satellite-making business last year.
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
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