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February 18, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
U.S. industrial production rose 0.8% in January as factories churned out more vehicles, appliances and computers, replenishing inventories as the economy gains strength. The increase in production at the nation's factories, mines and utilities last month follows no change in December, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday. Colder weather across parts of the nation boosted utility output by the most since December 1989.
March 5, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Among the hundreds of gadgets, games and apps at January's Consumer Electronics Show, few had the sizzle of James Buch's gleaming silver hunk of hardware. That's because the device is a barbecue grill - one that's Wi-Fi enabled, voice activated and chatty in a Siri-ish way. "When the Lynx Smart Grill is ready for the food, it sends you a text," said Buch, chief executive of Lynx Professional Grills of Downey. "When it's time to flip the food, it sends you a text. When the food is ready, it sends you a text.
April 18, 1985 | From the Washington Post
The private mortgage insurance industry has changed in the past five years from a "low-risk, high-profit enterprise" to one plagued by underwriting losses that are likely to continue for years, according to a new analysis. This transformation was brought about by a combination of unwise pricing and a sharp fall-off in appreciation rates for homes, resulting in an "enormous shift in the industry's exposure to risk since 1979," said the report, prepared by Moody's Investors Service.
April 26, 1998
The most revealing part of "Two Universal Execs Lose Marketing Posts" [April 17] is near the very end when Buffy Shutt and Kathy Jones reiterate the absurd defense most entertainment marketing executives believe: that marketing movies is different than marketing other products. If you rated industries by the effectiveness of their marketing, movies would rank as the second-least effective of any industry (network TV is, hands down, the absolute worst) as the people in it do their best to maintain this failed status quo and their high-paying jobs.
January 16, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
An environmental group today criticized industry reliance on three widely used ozone-destroying chemicals, saying that while some companies are cutting back on their use others are relying on them even more. The Natural Resources Defense Council produced industry figures showing more than 200 million pounds of the chemicals were released into the atmosphere by more than 3,000 companies in 1987, the last year for which complete figures were available.
November 30, 1985
As a labor historian, I would like to reinforce an argument that was understated in Eric Mann's article (Opinion, Nov. 10), "American Labor: Laid Off and Left Out." This is that the anti-union policies presently being pursued by American industry, with the tacit support of the Reagan Administration, carry "ominous implications for the future of our society" because--if history is any guide--they are likely to bring in their wake extensive strikes and protest on the part of workers when the political pendulum swings back toward the center, as it is bound to do. In May, 1886, nearly a million U.S. workers, angered by the mid-1870s depression and by the arrogance of early manufacturers who believed they alone had the right to control the workplace, rose up to demand the eight-hour day. The American Federation of Labor came into being as a result.
November 27, 1988
We were struck by the pessimistic review of the frozen yogurt business in your Nov. 7 Monday report, "Yogurt: Southland's Cup Runneth Over." Undeniably there is reason for pessimism when dozens of small "mom and pop" and franchised stores are closing, although the sheer proliferation of yogurt stores is a factor. We would, however, question whether the "yogurt store on every corner" syndrome is the only cause of distress. Couldn't it also be the maturing of the industry and the obsolescence of franchise corporation marketing concepts to which all franchise and most independents subscribe?
October 26, 1985 | JIM MANN, Times Staff Writer
Four years ago, Liao Zhureng spent her days cultivating rice, wading through the paddies near her thatch-roofed cottage in this small farming village in Sichuan province. Now, Liao, 30, works in a small garment factory in the village, stamping red labels on khaki shirts. On the whole, she says, she likes the new job, which has enabled her family to rebuild the cottage and to buy a television set. But she admits that she still finds the work a little tense.
March 11, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
More than 50 years ago, riders in California first put wheels on a plank, called it a skateboard and brought the sport of ocean surfing onto dry land. Then cheap foreign labor drove many builders overseas or out of business, leaving entrepreneurs such as Tod Swank wondering whether "made in California" would become a thing of the past. In 2005, Swank got a chance to slow the exodus. The former pro skater was selling his own brands of boards manufactured by San Diego-based Watson Laminates, one of the first of the "old school" manufacturers to move into laminated products from boards carved out of solid pieces of wood.
March 27, 2009 | Cara Mia DiMassa
The city of Walnut filed suit earlier this week to block a proposed NFL stadium in adjacent Industry, arguing in part that the developer's campaign failed to reach the city's large Asian population. Walnut is a predominantly Asian suburb about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, and city officials said in their lawsuit that many residents don't speak English. The suit alleges that the city of Industry did not properly inform Walnut residents in their native tongues about the potential effects of the $800-million stadium.
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