A factory in Prescott that makes roofing materials marked the opening Monday of its $36 million expansion and addition of 100 new jobs. Firestone Building Products Co. consolidated work from a plant at Kingtree, S.C., with its modernized factory in Prescott.
Hewlett-Packard Co. would be better off breaking up into two separate companies instead of tormenting shareholders by pursuing a prolonged turnaround attempt, according to an industry analyst. UBS analyst Steven Milunovich concluded that HP should be split up after attending a management presentation that brought the company's challenges into sharper focus.
Tool maker Stanley Black & Decker Inc. is selling its hardware and home improvement business to Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. for $1.4 billion in cash. The hardware and home improvement unit makes locksets, hardware and faucets for residential use and includes brands such as Pfister, Baldwin and Kwikset.
The aerospace and defense contractor will split its electronic systems division into two separate units that will help to lower costs and streamline its operations. It is also folding its global training and logistics unit into the two divisions being created from the electronics systems business.
By adapting their operations to flex with markets, smart manufacturers with global footprints are learning to profit from permanent volatility, while insulating themselves against downside risk and simultaneously moving with speed and agility to capitalize on opportunities as they arise.
CAS DataLoggers recently provided an effective productivity monitoring solution for the Wells-Lamont Industry Group, a high-production work glove manufacturer and member of the Marmon Group of companies. Their factory in Philadelphia, MS produces hand-stitched quality products from Kevlar and other materials.
News about manufacturing growth is usually well received. When that expansion relates to a European company growing its presence in the U.S., it’s even better. And when there are significant lessons that can be learned from this particular expansion, it warrants a closer look. This brings us to Plymouth, Minnesota where Germany-headquartered TURCK recently doubled the size of a production and distribution facility.
Foxconn Technology Group denied on Saturday that production was affected at a Chinese factory that makes Apple's iPhones, although both state media and an overseas labor watch group said some workers halted production lines on Friday, apparently over higher quality control standards.
Bombardier Learjet workers rejected a contract offer and voted to strike Saturday, moves that will have them walking the picket line starting early Monday, a machinists union spokesman said. Bob Wood told The Associated Press that union members voted 79 percent in favor of rejecting the proposed five-year contract and also 79 percent in favor of a strike.
About 450 mechanics and fleet service workers at American Airlines' Tulsa maintenance base will be laid off by February, the company and union officials announced Friday. The figure is much lower than the 2,700 workers the embattled airline estimated it needed to cut in Tulsa when it filed for bankruptcy protection in November, after its parent, AMR Corp. of Fort Worth, Texas, lost $11 billion since 2001.
The Food and Drug Administration found what it called "objectionable conditions" at a New Mexico peanut butter plant in 2010, two years before the current outbreak of salmonella poisoning linked to Trader Joe's peanut butter produced there. The FDA said Friday that a recent inspection found salmonella in the plant which produced nut butters and nut products for several large national grocery chains.
Coming off the biggest quarterly loss in Hewlett-Packard's history, CEO Meg Whitman braced investors for even more trouble ahead as she methodically tries to fix a wide range of longstanding problems. Those challenges will be compounded by a feeble economy that Whitman expects to weaken even more during the next year.
The 180-year-old New England company that made the little bell that rings every time an angel gets its wings in the Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" has resumed production in time for the holidays, four months after its 19th-century factory burned down.
Google is broadening job cuts from its Motorola Mobility unit outside the U.S. and will take $390M in severance costs and other charges related to the layoffs. The Motorola restructuring is now expected to "include additional geographic regions outside of the U.S.," Google said in a filing by Google with the Securities and Exchange Commission, but the online search leader is not adding to the 4,000 layoffs announced in late August.
Boeing Co. and the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric Co. have agreed on a firm order for 85 737s. The planes are worth $6 billion at list prices, although discounts for major customers are common. The order includes 75 737 MAX 8s and 10 Next-Generation 737-800s.
Sharp Corp. plans to drastically reduce production of liquid crystal display panels for televisions at its plant in Mie Prefecture and shift the focus to producing LCD panels for smartphones, the company's restructuring plan showed Wednesday.
Hallmark Cards Inc. will close its Topeka manufacturing plant and shed about 300 jobs as it consolidates its Kansas operations at its remaining facilities in Lawrence and Leavenworth, the company announced Tuesday. The Kansas City, Mo.-based greeting card company said the number of people working at its Kansas plants will fall from about 1,300 now to about 1,000 when consolidation is finished by the end of next year.
Federal and state officials say a southern New Jersey glass manufacturer has agreed to pay $300,000 in civil penalties to settle allegations that it violated air pollution standards. Durand Glass Manufacturing Co. made no admission of violations under the agreement announced Monday. The settlement, though, won't take effect until a federal judge approves it.
Johnson & Johnson is expanding operations in Puerto Rico. The company and the governor of the U.S. island territory jointly announced an expansion of four existing plants that will add 308 jobs. A Johnson & Johnson spokesman said the company based in New Brunswick, New Jersey would invest up to $225 million to add capacity at two plants in the town of Gurabo and one each in Manati and San Lorenzo.
Electric car maker Fisker Automotive is talking with other car companies about sharing parts and technology. The company, based in Anaheim, Calif., is also preparing for a public offering of stock that would help it raise money for new vehicles, Fisker's new CEO Tony Posawatz said Monday during a speech to the Automotive Press Association.
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., the Indian arm of Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp., said Monday its domestic sales in September grew 12.7 percent from a year earlier to 88,801 new cars, after a sharp 35 percent drop in August affected by worker violence.
The chief executives of BAE Systems PLC and EADS NV sought to drum up support Monday for the merger of their two aeronautics and defense companies in the face of growing criticism to the deal, saying in a joint newspaper article an agreement would help both organizations grow.
Canadian auto workers at Chrysler ratified a new contract with the automaker, the auto union said Sunday. The Canadian Auto Workers union said 90 percent of those voting approved the tentative deal that was reached last week. It was not immediately clear how many of the 8,000 workers at Chrysler's plants in Ontario cast ballots in the ratification vote held this weekend.
A long-running legal fight involving allegations that Hawker Beechcraft made false statements and misrepresentations in the sale of military aircraft to the United States is now dogging the company's bankruptcy proceedings in New York. Former employees of a subcontractor of Hawker Beechcraft sued the company more than five years ago under the False Claims Act.
ExxonMobil said Thursday a $200 million project to expand two of its Louisiana chemical and lubricant plants will bring more than 400 construction and full-time jobs to the state over the next two years. Company officials say construction on the chemical and lubricants plants in Baton Rouge and Port Allen will begin at the end of the year.