FACTORY - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/FACTORY News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Author recounts furniture firm’s battle with China http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58312531-79/furniture-bassett-factory-macy.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58312531-79/furniture-bassett-factory-macy.html.csp">Author recounts furniture firm’s battle with China</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-19T08:28:01.903-06:00">Updated Aug 19, 2014 08:28AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn’t necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy. Macy’s book, “Factory Man,” tells the story of one manufacturer who fought back. John Bassett III, a wealthy scion of a furniture dynasty in southwestern Virginia, responded to a flood of overseas goods by modernizing his factory and restructuring its products. More controvers...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583125312014-08-19T08:28:01.903-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-19T08:28:01.903-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58312531@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:28:01 MDT Output from U.S. factories surges in July http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58300403-79/percent-july-manufacturing-month.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58300403-79/percent-july-manufacturing-month.html.csp">Output from U.S. factories surges in July</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOSH BOAK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-15T11:43:44.3-06:00">Updated Aug 15, 2014 11:43AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. factory output rose for the sixth consecutive month in July, led by a jump in the production of motor vehicles, furniture, textiles and metals. Manufacturing production rose 1 percent in July compared with the prior month, the Federal Reserve reported Friday. Factory output in June was revised slightly higher to a 0.3 percent increase. Over the past 12 months, manufacturing has risen 4.9 percent. Demand for autos surged 10.1 percent last month, the largest increase since July 2...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583004032014-08-15T11:43:44.3-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-15T11:43:44.3-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58300403@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:43:44 MDT U.S. factory orders rise 1.1 percent in June http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58263087-79/percent-orders-june-factory.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58263087-79/percent-orders-june-factory.html.csp">U.S. factory orders rise 1.1 percent in June</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOSH BOAK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-05T10:47:45.919-06:00">Updated Aug 5, 2014 10:47AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Orders to U.S. factories increased in June, led by demand for aircraft, industrial machinery and computers and electronics. Orders rose a seasonally adjusted 1.1 percent compared to the previous month, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Factory orders had fallen 0.6 percent in May after three straight months of gains. An 8.4 percent jump in demand for commercial aircraft fueled the latest gains. But there were additional increases outside this volatile category that point to ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582630872014-08-05T10:47:45.919-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-05T10:47:45.919-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58263087@www.sltrib.com Tue, 05 Aug 2014 10:47:45 MDT Blast at China car parts plant kills 68, hurts 187 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58253817-68/explosion-factory-china-killed.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58253817-68/explosion-factory-china-killed.html.csp">Blast at China car parts plant kills 68, hurts 187</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By GILLIAN WONG</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-02T11:23:13.216-06:00">Updated Aug 2, 2014 11:23AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Beijing • Sixty-eight people were killed and nearly 200 others injured, most with severe burns, after an explosion Saturday at an automotive parts factory in eastern China that supplies General Motors, officials said. It was China’s most serious industrial disaster since a fire at a poultry plant killed 119 people in June last year. Saturday morning’s explosion occurred when more than 200 workers were on the site of the factory, which is in an industrial zone in the city of Kunshan, officials fr...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582538172014-08-02T11:23:13.216-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-02T11:23:13.216-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58253817@www.sltrib.com Sat, 02 Aug 2014 11:23:13 MDT Promises of easier nuclear construction fall short http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58227212-68/nuclear-factory-modules-plants.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58227212-68/nuclear-factory-modules-plants.html.csp">Promises of easier nuclear construction fall short</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RAY HENRY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-26T11:41:02.152-06:00">Updated Jul 26, 2014 11:41AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Waynesboro, Ga. • The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source. So far, it’s not working. Quality and cost problems have cropped up again, raising questions about whether nuclear power will ever be able to compete with other electricity sources. The first two reactors built after a 16-year lull, Southern Co.’s Vogtle plant in Georgia and SCANA Corp.’s VC...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58227212@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:41:02 MDT Orders for U.S. durable goods up 0.7 percent in June http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58224285-79/percent-orders-june-demand.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58224285-79/percent-orders-june-demand.html.csp">Orders for U.S. durable goods up 0.7 percent in June</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-25T12:36:02.141-06:00">Updated Jul 25, 2014 12:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in June after a May decline, helped by a recovery in demand in a key category that signals business investment plans. Orders for durable goods increased 0.7 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis following a 1 percent decline in May, the Commerce Department reported Friday. A category viewed as a proxy for business investment plans rose a solid 1.4 percent, recovering after a revised 1.2 percent drop in May. It was the bes...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582242852014-07-25T12:36:02.141-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-25T12:36:02.141-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58224285@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:36:02 MDT Factory growth fastest in three years in Philly http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58194032-79/fastest-growth-july-manufacturing.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58194032-79/fastest-growth-july-manufacturing.html.csp">Factory growth fastest in three years in Philly</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T08:39:02.254-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 08:39AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region surged in July, expanding at its fastest pace in more than three years, as new orders, shipments, and hiring all rose. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional factory activity rose to 23.9 in July from 17.8 in June. Any reading above zero indicates growth. July’s figure is the highest since March 2011. The data comes after a separate Fed report Wednesday suggested manufacturing output increased at a healthy pace in...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581940322014-07-17T08:39:02.254-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-17T08:39:02.254-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58194032@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:39:02 MDT U.S. factory output rises for fifth straight month http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58190088-79/percent-month-june-output.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58190088-79/percent-month-june-output.html.csp">U.S. factory output rises for fifth straight month</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T09:19:01.48-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 09:19AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. factory output increased for the fifth straight month in June as manufacturers cranked out more aircraft, chemicals and furniture. The modest gain underscored manufacturing’s role in helping return the economy to growth after a grim first quarter. Factory production rose 0.1 percent last month, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, down from a gain of 0.4 percent in the previous month. May’s data was revised slightly lower, but April’s reading was revised much higher. Despite Jun...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581900882014-07-16T09:19:01.48-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-16T09:19:01.48-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58190088@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:19:01 MDT Tennessee leaders downplay union debate with VW http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58188118-79/union-volkswagen-leaders-chattanooga.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58188118-79/union-volkswagen-leaders-chattanooga.html.csp">Tennessee leaders downplay union debate with VW</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KATHLEEN FOODY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T18:27:02.126-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 06:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Chattanooga, Tenn. • Tennessee leaders downplayed the often public wrangling over organized labor’s role at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga factory on Tuesday, focusing on the company’s recent announcement that it would add a new line there to produce a seven-passenger SUV. Volkswagen on Monday announced the expansion, which is expected to cost $600 million and add about 2,000 new factory jobs at the Chattanooga site. About 2,400 employees work at the factory now, making the Passat midsize car. The com...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581881182014-07-15T18:27:02.126-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-15T18:27:02.126-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58188118@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:27:02 MDT Volkswagen to build new SUV at Tennessee plant http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58182563-79/suv-volkswagen-build-model.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58182563-79/suv-volkswagen-build-model.html.csp">Volkswagen to build new SUV at Tennessee plant</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-14T10:21:14.929-06:00">Updated Jul 14, 2014 10:21AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Detroit • Volkswagen says it will build a new seven-passenger SUV at its factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., adding about 2,000 jobs. The German automaker says it will invest $600 million in the factory and a new research center that will employ about 200 engineers. Production of the new SUV is scheduled to start at the end of 2016. The plant now employs about 1,500 workers and makes only one model, the Passat midsize car. The company says the SUV is part of a plan to increase U.S. sales to 800,000 v...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581825632014-07-14T10:21:14.929-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-14T10:21:14.929-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58182563@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:21:14 MDT Letter: Who looks out for taxpayers? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58167014-82/public-organize-owners-workers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58167014-82/public-organize-owners-workers.html.csp">Letter: Who looks out for taxpayers?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-10T17:04:01.91-06:00">Updated Jul 10, 2014 05:04PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I hope that the right-to-organize author (“Right to work vs. right to organize,” July 3) does not burst a vein over the recent restriction on public unions. A key difference between private and public unions should be considered. Private unions have indeed provided a valuable service for workers over the years by strongly encouraging factory owners to offer fair wages and benefits. The factory owners have been forced to agree to share their profits with employees while trying to maintain a viab...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58167014@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:04:01 MDT Germany’s BMW to invest $1 billion in Mexico plant http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58147301-79/bmw-mexico-billion-factory.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58147301-79/bmw-mexico-billion-factory.html.csp">Germany’s BMW to invest $1 billion in Mexico plant</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T15:04:02.149-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 03:04PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Mexico City • Germany’s BMW announced Thursday it will spend $1 billion to build a new luxury car factory in northern Mexico that will start production in 2019 as part of an effort to expand the company’s presence in the United States. BMW board member Harald Kruger said the plant in the northern state of San Luis Potosi will have the capacity to make 150,000 cars a year while employing 1,500 people. He made the announcement in Mexico City, accompanied by President Enrique Pena Nieto. Kruger sai...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581473012014-07-03T15:04:02.149-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-03T15:04:02.149-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58147301@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:04:02 MDT U.S. factory orders slide 0.5 percent in May http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58142773-79/percent-orders-fell-factory.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58142773-79/percent-orders-fell-factory.html.csp">U.S. factory orders slide 0.5 percent in May</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PAUL WISEMAN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-02T12:26:02.068-06:00">Updated Jul 2, 2014 12:26PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Orders to U.S. factories fell in May, ending three months of gains. The Commerce Department reported that orders fell 0.5 percent, pulled down by falling demand for military and transportation equipment. That followed increases of 0.8 percent in April, 1.5 percent in March and 1.7 percent in February. Excluding military hardware, factory orders rose 0.2 percent in May from April. Orders for transportation equipment fell 2.9 percent. Orders for computers and electronic equipment fell...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581427732014-07-02T12:26:02.068-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-02T12:26:02.068-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58142773@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:26:02 MDT