09/24/2021

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U.S. Manufacturing Activity Advances in May

U.S. manufacturing activity expanded and hiring at factories picked up in May, signs of healthy growth for a key sector of the economy. The Institute for Supply Management on Thursday said its closely watched index of U.S. manufacturing activity inched ahead to 54.9 in May from 54.8 in April. A number above 50 indicates expansion. ISM manufacturing readings for each month this year have now been higher than any month in 2015 or 2016.

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Keurig Green Mountain Closes Plant

The Castroville manufacturing and distribution center will officially close July 3, 2017, and all 183 employees will be laid off. Keurig has owned the warehouse since 2010.

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U.S. Solar-Panel Maker Seeks Trade Tariffs on Foreign Rivals

In a last-ditch effort to survive, bankrupt U.S. solar panel maker Suniva Inc. asked the Trump administration Wednesday to impose trade tariffs on all foreign-made solar cells.

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Elon Musk is building a robot army to work in Tesla’s ‘alien dreadnought’ factory assembling Model 3 cars

Tesla’s electric cars feature some of the most cutting-edge technology around, so it’s only fitting that the company’s production line is just as futuristic.

The company’s chief executive, Elon Musk, once said that Tesla’s factory will eventually look like an “”alien dreadnought””, and the latest pictures show it is well on its way.

There will be no people in the production process, but there will be people working in the factory to oversee the robots and make sure everything is running at peak efficiency.

“”You can’t have people in the production line itself, otherwise you drop to people speed,”” said Musk.”

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Aerojet to eliminate 1,100 jobs, cease manufacturing, in Rancho Cordova

Rancho Cordova’s role as a hub of the aerospace industry will soon end. Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc. Monday said it will eliminate 1,100 of its 1,400 local jobs over the next two and a half years, and will shut down manufacturing operations. Aerojet Rocketdyne said plans to consolidate its California-based Sacramento and Vernon operations and Gainesville, Va., sites while centralizing and expanding its existing presence in Huntsville, Ala. with a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

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Faraday Future scraps plans for California auto assembly plant

The company said Monday that it’s ending negotiations with the Bay Area city of Vallejo to buy land for an automobile assembly plant.

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Aircraft Sales Boosted U.S. Durable-Goods Orders 1.8% in January

Orders for long-lasting factory goods climbed last month due to purchases of military and civilian aircraft, overshadowing a weak start to 2017 for business investment in new equipment.

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Nestlé to move U.S. headquarters to Arlington, bringing 750 jobs

The company’s current U.S. headquarters is in Glendale, Calif., where it has come under fire in recent years for bottling water during the state’s record multi-year drought. In 2015, Nestlé — which has nine brands of water, including Arrowhead — removed 36 million gallons of water from a natural forest in California to bottle and sell, prompting public criticism and at least one lawsuit.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne chooses Alabama as assembly site for new rocket engine

Rocket engine manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne has chosen Huntsville, Ala., as its final assembly site for the new AR1 rocket engine, creating 100 new jobs in the area.

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​Tesla to invest additional $350 million in its Nevada Gigafactory

The investment will bring electric motor and gearbox component production lines for the Model 3 to the Reno-based facility, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said Tuesday during his State of the State speech, per Fortune. The move will add 550 new jobs at the Gigafactory.

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Maker of electric vehicle components sets up in West Sacramento

“A Japanese company that manufactures components for electric vehicles is setting up its U.S. headquarters and first U.S. manufacturing facility in West Sacramento. Mikuni Color Ltd., which also produces synthetic organic industrial dispersion ink, has moved into 21,000 square feet at Riverside Commerce Center.”

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American Apparel starts laying off 2,400 workers in Southern California

For its part, Gildan said it has yet to decide where to make American Apparel goods. The company makes the bulk of its products in manufacturing hubs in Central America and the Caribbean. Although it has some production sites in the U.S., the only finished goods made here are socks.

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American Apparel is sold at auction to Canada’s Gildan Activewear

For years, American Apparel proudly touted its “Made in Los Angeles” motto. With its sale Tuesday to a Canadian sportswear firm, neither American Apparel’s name nor its motto will ring so true. . . Gildan, which said it will buy American Apparel’s inventory in a separate deal, will now move most, if not all, production to its manufacturing hubs in Central America and the Caribbean, analysts said. With minimum wage going up in the state, a company like Gildan would view manufacturing in L.A. as more of a liability than an asset.

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Apple seeks to expand manufacturing in Arizona

Apple has requested to make finished products in its facility in Mesa, Arizona, according to the document, first reported by Business Insider. Right now, it has permissions to make consumer electronics components there, the filing said.

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This company bags San Francisco for Portland

San Francisco bag-maker Chrome Industries is the latest apparel company to move operations to Portland. The company said its headquarters will relocate there in early April.

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