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March 28, 1995 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Longtime sneaker manufacturer Vans Inc. announced Monday that it will shut down plants in Orange and San Diego counties for two weeks starting Friday, idling nearly 2,000 workers. Observers said it could be a prelude to a possible permanent closure or transfer of some production overseas. Vans, one of the few remaining companies still making shoes in the United States, could decide the longer-term fate of its manufacturing plants in the cities of Orange and Vista later this year.
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March 16, 1998 | Reuters
The world's biggest sports-shoe maker, Nike Inc., said it would cut about 450 jobs, or 3.5%, of its U.S. work force as well as unspecified numbers abroad. The layoffs are partly attributable to the financial crisis in Asia, where demand for Nike products has dropped sharply in recent months. Spokesman Lee Weinstein said the company, also facing declining demand at home, will cut about 250 jobs at its Beaverton, Ore., headquarters and 200 in other parts of the country.
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BUSINESS
March 8, 1995 | HOPE HAMASHIGE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Vans Inc. said Tuesday it has laid off 380 workers at its two factories in Southern California and Teamsters Union representatives complained that the employees likely were those who favor union representation at the company's plants in Orange and Vista. Christopher Staff, president of the Orange-based casual shoe company, disputed the union's allegations, maintaining that the workers were let go because more of the company's shoes are being produced at manufacturing facilities abroad.
BUSINESS
June 1, 1995 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beleaguered sneaker maker Vans Inc. said Wednesday that it will close its plant here at the end of July, throwing about 1,000 employees out of work. Vans, one of the few companies still manufacturing shoes in the United States, linked the long-rumored move to increased competition from lower-cost foreign producers.
BUSINESS
March 16, 1998 | Reuters
The world's biggest sports-shoe maker, Nike Inc., said it would cut about 450 jobs, or 3.5%, of its U.S. work force as well as unspecified numbers abroad. The layoffs are partly attributable to the financial crisis in Asia, where demand for Nike products has dropped sharply in recent months. Spokesman Lee Weinstein said the company, also facing declining demand at home, will cut about 250 jobs at its Beaverton, Ore., headquarters and 200 in other parts of the country.
BUSINESS
December 11, 1993
L.A. Gear Lays Off Workers: The sneaker and apparel company let go an undisclosed number of employees this week in what was described as a realignment and consolidation. L.A. Gear would not specify how many people were laid off, but workers at its Santa Monica headquarters said about 70 were let go. The company employs about 600 at its headquarters, as well as another office in Marina del Rey and a warehouse in Ontario.
BUSINESS
March 21, 1995 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with a slowdown in its athletic shoe business, Asics Tiger Corp. said it will move some of its warehouse operations from Fullerton to Memphis, Tenn. The company also confirmed that it has laid off about a dozen employees at its U.S. headquarters in Fountain Valley and that the general manager of that operation has resigned. The U.S.
BUSINESS
June 1, 1995 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beleaguered sneaker maker Vans Inc. said Wednesday that it will close its plant here at the end of July, throwing about 1,000 employees out of work. Vans, one of the few companies still manufacturing shoes in the United States, linked the long-rumored move to increased competition from lower-cost foreign producers.
BUSINESS
March 28, 1995 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Longtime sneaker manufacturer Vans Inc. announced Monday that it will shut down plants in Orange and San Diego counties for two weeks starting Friday, idling nearly 2,000 workers. Observers said it could be a prelude to a possible permanent closure or transfer of some production overseas. Vans, one of the few remaining companies still making shoes in the United States, could decide the longer-term fate of its manufacturing plants in the cities of Orange and Vista later this year.
BUSINESS
March 28, 1995 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Longtime sneaker manufacturer Vans Inc. announced Monday that it will shut down plants in Orange and San Diego counties for two weeks starting Friday, idling nearly 2,000 workers. Observers said it could be a prelude to a possible permanent closure or transfer of some production overseas. Vans, one of the few remaining companies still making shoes in the United States, could decide the longer-term fate of its manufacturing plants in the cities of Orange and Vista later this year.
BUSINESS
March 21, 1995 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with a slowdown in its athletic shoe business, Asics Tiger Corp. said it will move some of its warehouse operations from Fullerton to Memphis, Tenn. The company also confirmed that it has laid off about a dozen employees at its U.S. headquarters in Fountain Valley and that the general manager of that operation has resigned. The U.S.
BUSINESS
March 8, 1995 | HOPE HAMASHIGE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Vans Inc. said Tuesday it has laid off 380 workers at its two factories in Southern California and Teamsters Union representatives complained that the employees likely were those who favor union representation at the company's plants in Orange and Vista. Christopher Staff, president of the Orange-based casual shoe company, disputed the union's allegations, maintaining that the workers were let go because more of the company's shoes are being produced at manufacturing facilities abroad.
BUSINESS
December 11, 1993
L.A. Gear Lays Off Workers: The sneaker and apparel company let go an undisclosed number of employees this week in what was described as a realignment and consolidation. L.A. Gear would not specify how many people were laid off, but workers at its Santa Monica headquarters said about 70 were let go. The company employs about 600 at its headquarters, as well as another office in Marina del Rey and a warehouse in Ontario.
BUSINESS
March 28, 1995 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Longtime sneaker manufacturer Vans Inc. announced Monday that it will shut down plants in Orange and San Diego counties for two weeks starting Friday, idling nearly 2,000 workers. Observers said it could be a prelude to a possible permanent closure or transfer of some production overseas. Vans, one of the few remaining companies still making shoes in the United States, could decide the longer-term fate of its manufacturing plants in the cities of Orange and Vista later this year.
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