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January 27, 2014 | By Shan Li
Foxconn Technology Group, the Taiwanese manufacturer for tech firms such as Apple Inc., is looking to build a factory in the United States. The major maker of iPhones and iPads is in talks with several states including Arizona and Colorado to set up a manufacturing facility to make high-tech parts, company spokesman Simon Hsing told Bloomberg. Rising transporation costs and wages in mainland China has spurred some companies to look at bringing some manufacturing capacity closer to home either within the U.S. or in nearby Mexico or Canada.
January 17, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON -- U.S. industrial production last year grew faster than the overall economy, speeding up especially in the fourth quarter. Yet factories added only about 60,000 jobs over the year, just one-third the rate of growth for all employers. Part of the explanation is that manufacturing made greater strides in productivity than service firms did. That means factories got more out of their workers and machinery. But data released Friday suggest that U.S. manufacturers are at a point where they may soon have to bulk up. The Federal Reserve said industrial production rose 0.3% in December -- the fifth straight month of increase -- and resulted in a 6.8% annualized gain for the fourth quarter.
January 6, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Using a powerful radio telescope, scientists have spotted an enormous cloud of dust billowing in the center of a supernova - finally. The discovery, announced at the American Astronomical Society, helps to confirm what scientists have long thought - that massive supernova explosions could have provided the dust found in the first galaxies. Early galaxies were dusty places, but where did that dust come from when the universe was still so new? Astronomers hypothesized that supernovae - the end-of-life explosions of stars at least eight times the size of our sun - may have been the source of that ancient, primordial dust.
December 18, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - He was the onetime golden boy of the Los Angeles wine scene, but Rudy Kurniawan's life as a high-profile collector of rare vintages ended Wednesday when a jury convicted him of fraud for operating a fake wine factory and selling counterfeit wines to fund his lavish lifestyle. Some of the wines Kurniawan sold privately or at auctions fetched more than $5,000 per bottle. But wine experts said Kurniawan's victims went far beyond a few very rich collectors and that his actions cast a cloud over the entire wine world.
December 6, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Big gains in factory and construction jobs last month have experts optimistic that the labor market is starting to produce enough higher-paying jobs to fuel stronger economic growth. "It's not just the quantity of the jobs but the quality," Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, said of Friday's Labor Department report of a surprisingly strong 203,000 net new jobs added in November. Of those hires, manufacturers accounted for 27,000, the most since March 2012 and a sharp increase from October's 16,000 new jobs.
November 29, 2013 | By Shan Li
TIJUANA - In an industrial park five miles east of downtown Tijuana, Ariel Ceja toils in a white room bustling with assembly workers hunched over blue tables. A master scheduler, Ceja is in charge of all steps of production at this factory nestled inside a cavernous warehouse. A cluster of anonymous buildings surround the facility. Nearby are pitted roads, and just a few minutes away by car is the Tijuana airport and a university. San Diego-based 3D Robotics moved into this once-vacant spot in June, producing affordable drones and electronic parts destined for customers in the U.S. and around the world.
November 29, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
After a judge ordered the partial shutdown of the Sriracha hot sauce plant in Irwindale, experts must now determine which parts of the factory's operation cause odors - a decision that could affect next year's sauce supply. Sauce maker Huy Fong Foods has already ground all the chiles for next year's supply of Sriracha hot sauce. The raw materials for its three sauces, Sambal Oelek, Sriracha, and Chili Garlic, are created during a three-month harvesting and production cycle that concluded earlier this month.
November 28, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
A year after a factory fire in Bangladesh killed more than 100 people, and seven months after about 1,100 workers perished in the collapse of another commercial building, there are finally signs of progress toward ending the abominable abuses of that country's garment workers, who have long been subjected to rock-bottom wages and grossly unsafe working conditions. In the case of the Rana Plaza building, textile employees were told to go to work in April even after the structure had been declared vulnerable to collapse.
November 22, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Friday delayed a ruling on the city of Irwindale's request to temporarily shut down the Sriracha hot sauce factory in response to residents' claims of a harmful odor. Judge Robert H. O'Brien said he had been anticipating a report from the South Coast Air Quality Management District on the nature of the smell. Inspectors had installed air sampling devices at the factory and around the neighborhood. "I expected more information from your side," O'Brien told attorney John R. Tate, who represents Huy Fong Foods.
November 13, 2013 | By Jason Wells
At least three workers at a Tesla Motors car factory in Fremont were hurt Wednesday by "hot metal" from malfunctioning equipment. The incident, which occurred shortly after noon, did not involve a fire or explosion, Fremont Fire Department spokesman Dan Cardenas told a local NBC affiliate. The incident involved "pressurized equipment that they use at the plant,” he said. In a statement, Tesla said "a failure in a low pressure aluminum casting press" caused the accident and that three employees "were injured by hot metal from that press," according to KGO-TV.
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