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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 9, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
On the chilly factory floor of the Republic Windows and Doors plant, Apolinar Cabrera and a couple hundred workers have decided to make their stand. Their jobs evaporated Friday when this Chicago company unexpectedly closed its doors, blaming lender Bank of America for cutting off its credit line and preventing it from paying the workers' severance and vacation. Cabrera and his co-workers have refused to leave.
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.
December 7, 1989 | From Associated Press
General Motors of Canada Ltd. said Wednesday that it was temporarily shutting down some Canadian assembly and parts plants in early January because of soft vehicle demand mostly in the United States. About 17,700 workers would be affected, the company said. Nick Hall, GM of Canada spokesman, said by telephone that the company's two car assembly plants in Oshawa and its full-size van plant in Scarborough, all in Ontario, would be closed for the week of Jan. 2. He also said the Ste.
October 25, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Ingersoll-Rand Co., maker of Thermo King and Hussmann refrigeration equipment, said it would cut "several thousand" jobs and close plants as sales cool down in North America and Europe. The company added manufacturing capacity this year to meet demand that didn't materialize, Chief Executive Herbert Henkel said. The moves are part of a $110-million restructuring plan aimed at saving $85 million next year.
October 11, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. will close a motor-home plant in Pennsylvania employing 325 people as the recreational-vehicle maker struggles with losses and sales declines in a slowing economy. The Riverside company is working to pare excess capacity after elevated fuel costs and a falloff in consumer spending caused motor-home sales to plunge.
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