October 22, 1985
Inflation Systems International, a company that makes small rocket motors and ejection cartridges for jet-fighter pilots, will close its Santa Clarita Valley plant "sometime in the near future," according to OEA Inc., the Denver company that acquired Inflation Systems on Oct. 10. Inflation Systems will move to Denver as a subsidiary. The Newhall plant employs 15. Two have already transferred to Denver. The rest have found work elsewhere and are in the process of switching jobs, according to J.
July 8, 1997 |
Air bags can save lives. They can also save a company. In 1990, the year after the Berlin Wall came down, a modest-sized Newhall defense contractor, Special Devices Inc., jumped full tilt into selling trigger devices called initiators, which were similar to those it produced for Tomahawk missiles, to makers of automotive air bags. Since then, the company's profits have jumped fivefold, sales have quadrupled and its net worth has tripled. About 80% of its business now comes from automotive sales.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1986 |
Space Ordnance Systems, facing an estimated $2.7-million environmental cleanup at its two plants near Canyon Country, has asked state officials to shift more than half the bill to six other companies that allegedly contributed to polluting the sites. In documents filed with the state Department of Health Services, Space Ordnance, a defense and aerospace contractor, claims that it should pay only 47%--or $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1985 |
After two explosions and a fire killed Walter Buss at an explosives plant in the Santa Clarita Valley, his burned and lacerated body was surrounded by evidence of violations of basic safety principles. A portable electric heater was in the area where Buss had been mixing and packaging explosive powders, and a spark from it could have caused the initial explosion. The second, fatal blast was fueled by several gallons of flammable liquids that were improperly stored in the work area.