July 3, 2012 |
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 2, 2012 |
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.
August 16, 2012 |
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.
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November 29, 2013 |
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.
June 23, 2009 |
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.
June 23, 2011 |
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.
April 27, 2008 |
Fire broke out at a mattress factory in Casablanca, killing at least 55 people, officials said. Firefighters were searching the smoldering building for more bodies. Twelve people, including a police officer, were seriously injured in the blaze, which began on the ground floor of the factory and quickly engulfed the four-story building. About 100 of the factory's 150 employees were at the site when the fire began. It took more than 100 firefighters more than three hours to bring it under control, the government said.
November 3, 2004 |
A woman apparently upset about the firing of a friend took three people hostage at a Caterpillar factory in Clayton before gradually releasing them and surrendering. No one was injured during the two-hour incident at the construction-equipment plant southeast of Raleigh. The woman appeared to be holding a shotgun and claimed she had explosives when she walked into the plant's lobby in mid-afternoon, said Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell.
July 18, 1986 |
A new sign of economic reform has emerged in China: bankruptcy. The official newspaper Workers Daily this week reported the first factory bankruptcy since the 1949 Communist revolution. Diplomats described it as a victory for reformists over Communist Party hard-liners. The newspaper said an instruments factory in the northeastern city of Shenyang had succumbed to bad management, heavy losses and big debts.
January 22, 1985 |
Fujitsu America Inc. announced the $9.5 million purchase of a 120-acre parcel to build a 150,000-square-foot disk drive manufacturing plant that eventually will employ 400 people. Construction of the $25 million plant is scheduled to begin in April or May and could be completed within a year. Production could begin by late 1986, officials said Thursday. Fujitsu America, a subsidiary of Fujitsu Ltd. of Japan, is the second largest producer of disk drives in the United States.