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February 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 200 workers protested the closure of a factory that once made souvenirs for Walt Disney Co. in southern China, an official and a labor activist said. The factory, owned by Huangxing Light Manufacturing, closed Thursday in the city of Shenzhen, leaving 800 employees jobless and without compensation, said Vivian Yau, spokeswoman of Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, a Hong Kong-based labor group. Several workers were arrested but later released, Yau said.
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BUSINESS
October 11, 2013 | David Pierson, Diana Marcum and Tiffany Hsu
For years, Foster Farms wanted consumers to know its poultry was farm fresh, all natural and, most important, safe to eat. But the ongoing salmonella outbreak linked to three of its central California processing plants is threatening to tarnish the company's image and raising hard questions about gaps in the nation's food safety laws. Considered among the industry's leading producers with state-of-the-art facilities, Foster Farms is an example of how salmonella has become an increasingly potent threat to consumer safety.
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BUSINESS
May 12, 1998 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years, Sunbeam Chairman "Chainsaw" Al Dunlap has been working from the same script: Move into a company, announce mass firings and watch the company's stock soar. That strategy worked for the 60-year-old Dunlap--until this week. On Monday, Sunbeam's battered stock dropped $2.06, or 7.4%, to $25.75, near its lowest level in a year, after officials reported a first-quarter loss and plans to close eight plants and fire about 6,000 more workers.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Blaming a "fundamentally changed" solar industry and plunging business in Europe, panel maker First Solar Inc. is cutting 2,000 jobs and closing a factory. The layoffs represent 30% of the workforce of the Tempe, Ariz., company, which is the leading U.S. manufacturer of photovoltaic solar panels — the type commonly found on rooftops. The factory being closed is in Frankfurt, Germany. In addition, the company will indefinitely idle four production lines at its facility in Kulim, Malaysia, as of May 1. Some U.S. employees of the company will also be cut, though First Solar did not disclose how many.
BUSINESS
September 10, 1992 | JONATHAN WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Apple Computer on Wednesday said it would close its only factory in the Silicon Valley area and lay off 345 employees as part of a worldwide reorganization of its manufacturing and distribution operations. The unexpected shuttering of the facility in Fremont, Calif.--which Apple had touted just two years ago as a showpiece of automated production--is the latest setback for recession-ravaged Silicon Valley.
BUSINESS
August 24, 1990 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A&E Systems, a recreational vehicle awning and equipment manufacturer that in May employed 400 people in Orange County, will close its plant here by the end of the month in part because of strict regional air pollution regulations. The company has been gradually laying off workers in the past three months and fewer than 50 workers remain at the plant. Manufacturing at the facility, which is up for lease, ceased Aug. 10. Company officials would not comment on the closing.
BUSINESS
September 8, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Brown Group Plans to Close Plants, Cut 2,400 Jobs: The St. Louis-based shoe company reported a second-quarter net loss of $8.4 million, or 48 cents a share, down from a profit of $7.4 million, or 42 cents a share, for the quarter last year. Revenue declined to $342.9 million from $353 million. The loss includes a $9.6-million, or 55 cent a share, after-tax charge to cover the cost of factory closings. The plants to be closed are in Cabool and Steelville, Mo.; Dyer and Lexington, Tenn.
BUSINESS
February 14, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Thomson Consumer Electronics, the nation's largest maker of televisions, said it will cut more than 1,500 jobs from two U.S. factories and move the work to Mexico, where labor is cheaper. With the factory closings, the company will effectively get out of the U.S. TV-assembly business. It will remain a maker of TV parts. Thomson, which makes RCA, GE and ProScan TV sets, plans to shut its Bloomington, Ind., plant, which employs 1,100 people.
BUSINESS
May 18, 1996 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hunt-Wesson Inc. said Friday that it will close its historic Hunt Foods tomato processing plant in Fullerton, one of Southern California's largest remaining food canneries, laying off 325 full-time workers and eliminating 450 seasonal canning jobs. The 62-year-old Fullerton plant was the late billionaire Norton Simon's first food-processing business, which he grew into the multibillion-dollar Hunt-Wesson powerhouse.
NEWS
July 20, 1991 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
General Motors Corp., faced with underused factories and a sluggish market, said Friday it plans to close its Van Nuys assembly plant--the last major car factory in Southern California--next summer. The closing will mean the loss of up to 2,600 high-paying jobs at the sprawling Van Nuys plant at a time when Southern California has already lost thousands of aerospace and other manufacturing jobs to lower-wage factories abroad and other regions of the United States.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2011 | By Andrew Leckey
Question: I am worried about my Sony Corp. stock. Do you see any kind of upturn ahead? Answer: This is a trying time for the consumer electronics and entertainment giant. Among its woes are the slow economy, a campaign of cyber attacks on the company's online video game service, and supply disruptions caused by Japan's earthquake and tsunami. Longer-term, Sony must adapt quickly and effectively to shifting trends. If it can't, it won't be able to command premium prices, despite its premium-brand reputation.
BUSINESS
November 11, 2009 | Bloomberg News
Toyota Motor Corp. may shoulder almost all the costs of closing a California joint-venture plant because the new owner of General Motors Corp.'s 50% stake doesn't plan to fund worker severance pay and other expenses. "Motors Liquidation is not contributing at all" to the closure costs, said Tim Yost, a spokesman for Detroit-based Motors Liquidation Corp., which took over discarded assets from GM as part of the carmaker's bankruptcy reorganization. "We don't believe there will be a requirement for us to do so."
BUSINESS
September 26, 2009 | Marc Lifsher
A state panel that hands out worker training funds to employers delayed voting on a $2-million request from a soon-to-close Bay Area automaker that builds Toyotas. Panel members said Friday that before agreeing to reimburse the factory for training autoworkers, they wanted to know more about when the plant's partners knew they were closing the last automobile factory in California. The factory, New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. in Fremont, is a joint venture between Toyota Motor Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2009 | Todd Martens
The days are officially numbered for Hollywood's Knitting Factory. A spokesman said the club will host its last show on Oct. 25, with pop-punk band Hit the Lights currently booked on the venue's final day. The Knitting Factory's flier for its final Hollywood shows teases that a new venue is opening in 2010. Bruce Duff, the club's head of promotion and publicity, said nothing has yet been finalized on a new locale, although "several are in the running." The Knitting Factory opened in Hollywood in 2000, about a year before the official opening of the outdoor mall at the nearby intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Whirlpool Corp. said it would cut 1,100 jobs and close a refrigerator factory in Indiana to trim excess production capacity by next year. Whirlpool plans to move the production of refrigerators with freezers on top to a company location in Mexico. Ice makers produced in Evansville, Ind., are to be moved to an as-yet undecided location. The jobs will be eliminated in mid-2010, the Benton Harbor, Mich.-based appliance maker said.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2009 | Kendra Marr, Kendra Marr writes for the Washington Post.
General Motors may halt production at some U.S. factories for as long as nine weeks this summer to combat slumping auto sales, according to people familiar with the plan. GM typically closes its facilities for two weeks in July to change production lines for new models. Much like over the winter holidays, the automaker may extend that scheduled shutdown at unproductive plants to help bring down the stockpile of unsold vehicles.
BUSINESS
March 13, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
SSE Manufacturing Inc. said Friday it will close its two pizza manufacturing plants in Santa Ana by October to consolidate the operations with a site in Kansas. Some of the 450 employees in Santa Ana will be offered jobs in Kansas, spokesman Bob Otterson said, but he did not say how many. The news came as a blow to the city, which also learned this week that Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro Inc. will cut 10% of its worldwide work force, including an undisclosed number of jobs in Orange County.
NEWS
April 30, 1991 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For anyone familiar with the purr and comfort of a Western-style automobile, the east German Trabant had little to offer. It was small, ugly, slow, obsolete, uneconomical, unsafe, uncomfortable and such a polluter that it quickly earned the nickname "Little Stinker" in the West. The Trabant--or "Trabi," as it became known--may have survived in the heavily protected environs of Communist Eastern Europe, but in a free market, it was simply uncompetitive.
WORLD
December 25, 2008 | Barbara Demick
Growing up in the Chinese countryside with only an elementary school education, Yang Yanjun had never heard of Christmas until she landed a job painting pink-cheeked cherubs to decorate trees. But Christmas proved to be a miraculous holiday that would utterly transform her life. Over a decade, she worked in factories producing ornaments and toys that foreign children were told came from Santa's workshops.
WORLD
December 21, 2008 | Megan K. Stack
Even after the troubles began at the mill, most of the families lingered, clinging to vague hope. As early autumn gave way to snow, they gathered up rumors, pinched pennies and drank a little more than usual. Their way of life was at risk.
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