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July 3, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Factories got a vote of confidence in May, with customers placing more orders for U.S.-made goods after two months of declines, according to the government. But the 0.7% uptick in demand to $469 billion in new orders may not mask an overall decline in the manufacturing sector, which many analysts have pegged as a key driver for economic growth. The Commerce Department's report Tuesday showed a 1.3% increase in new demand for durable goods such as transportation and electrical equipment.
July 12, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Mercedes-Benz has leased a former Boeing airplane factory in Long Beach, but it isn't saying what it plans to do with the more than 1-million-square-foot plant adjacent to the city's airport. City officials confirmed that the U.S. arm of the German automaker has leased the factory from Sares-Regis Group, the developer that bought the property from Boeing. “This is significant for Long Beach, as it will bring needed jobs and property tax revenue,” said Gerrie Schipske, the City Council member representing the district that includes the site.
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.
June 3, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Tyson Foods is branching further beyond the beef, pork and chicken for which it's known, voyaging deeper into the prepared foods world by snapping up a Mexican food factory in San Diego. The Springdale, Ark., giant bought Circle Foods, which employs 600 full-time workers at its Southern California facility, from Montreal investment firm Claridge Inc. The companies did not disclose financial terms of the deal, which was completed June 1. Circle Foods has been in operation for 25 years.
July 2, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
European aircraft maker Airbus announced it will establish a manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala. -- its first in the U.S. The company said Monday that it plans to manufacture the A320 aircraft at the new facility, which will begin to be built by next year. Deliveries will begin in 2016, but Airbus expects the facility will produce between 40 and 50 aircraft a year by 2018. The single-aisle A320 is a direct competitor with Chicago-based Boeing Co.'s 737, the world's most popular commercial jet. “The time is right for Airbus to expand in America,” Chief Executive Fabrice Bregier said in the statement.
October 31, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Though some near Irwindale's Sriracha factory still complain of inflamed asthma and burning throats from the factory's spicy emissions, fans of the popular hot sauce can breathe a sigh of relief. A Los Angeles Superior court judge ruled Thursday that production at Huy Fung Foods' plant can continue, denying Irwindale's request for a restraining order to stop operations until the company fixes the odor issues. "Huy Fong Foods is grateful with today's ruling denying the preliminary restraining order sought by the City of Irwindale," the company said in an email to The Times.
June 23, 2009 | Alana Semuels
The El Monte factory stopped operating just a few weeks ago, but already it feels abandoned, an appropriate setting for a "Terminator" movie. The dusty clock on the wall is frozen at 7:00. Below it, the deep pits that once held molten steel are now empty, and the parts created there wait in hundreds of boxes to be shipped off across the country or turned into scrap.
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.
August 16, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Starbucks is opening a high-tech facility in Rancho Cucamonga next year that the company said would quadruple the production and distribution capacity of its Evolution Fresh juice business. The 260,000-square-foot factory will add 40 jobs to Evolution's manufacturing workforce, bringing the total to 160, according to Starbucks Corp. The Seattle coffee chain said 120 jobs will be shifted from San Bernardino, where Evolution Fresh was launched and where the juices still are made. The facility will be Starbucks' sixth manufacturing site in the U.S. The company has coffee production plants in Washington, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Nevada and Georgia.
June 23, 2011 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
A labor union looking to organize Ikea's first American factory has asked the government to allow workers to vote on whether they want representation. The International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers filed its request with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday along with signature cards from what it believes is a majority of the eligible employees at the Danville, Va., factory. The plant, which produces bookcases and coffee tables, is run by Ikea's manufacturing subsidiary, Swedwood.
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