(Reuters) – Call it the comeback kid.
A new ranking of the competitiveness of the world’s top 25 exporting countries says the United States is once again a “rising star” of global manufacturing thanks to falling domestic natural gas prices, rising worker productivity and a lack of upward wage pressure.
The report, released on Friday by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG,) found that while China remains the world’s No. 1 country in terms of manufacturing competitiveness, its position is “under pressure” as a result of rising labor and transportation costs and lagging productivity growth.
(Reuters) – Caterpillar Inc (CAT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Thursday posted a quarterly profit that topped analysts’ estimates and raised its full-year outlook on a stronger-than-expected rebound in sales to the construction industry.
The news sent shares of the world’s largest maker of earth-moving machinery up 4.0 percent to $107.20 in trading before the market opened.
(Reuters) – Harley-Davidson Inc (HOG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) shares surged nearly 9 percent on Tuesday after the iconic U.S. motorcycle maker posted a better-`than-expected quarterly profit, lifted by strong international demand.
The company’s results were also lifted by its continued success in cutting production costs. Harley-Davidson said its gross margins grew a full percentage point year-over-year to 37.7 percent during the most recent quarter, a testament analysts said to the company’s five-year restructuring under CEO Keith Wandell. The austerity drive concluded last year and pulled $300 million in annual costs out of its manufacturing operations.
, April 7 (Reuters) – To catch a glimpse of
Harley-Davidson Inc history, visit its Milwaukee
headquarters, housed in the 111-year-old company’s first real
factory. Or tour its York, Pennsylvania, plant, which has
cranked out motorcycles since the early 1970s and builds some of
its biggest cruising bikes, including the Road King and Electra
But for a look at the company’s future, head for its vehicle
and power-train plant in Kansas City. Opened in 1998, the
435,000-square-foot factory produces several of Harley’s most
popular bikes, including the Sportster and V-Rod.
(Reuters) – Caterpillar Inc has a long tradition of proudly – and publicly – proclaiming how much it loves its dealers.
In recent years, the Peoria, Illinois-based company has called the 178 independently owned businesses that distribute its earth-moving products worldwide everything from “a critical competitive differentiator” to “the foundation” of its success.
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Caterpillar Inc’s (CAT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) bid to lift the financial performance of its dealer network isn’t designed to thin the ranks of the 178 independent distributors that sell and service its earth-moving products around the globe, a company executive said.
But Stuart Levenick, who is charged with overseeing the financial turnaround, said an unknown number of dealers including some family-run businesses, could be casualties of the push unveiled last month.
(Reuters) – Another senior executive is leaving Sprint Corp, the U.S. wireless company that has seen several key leaders exit since it was acquired last year by Japan’s SoftBank Corp (9984.T).
Fared Adib, a 12-year veteran of Sprint who was tapped by SoftBank to lead a new initiative last fall, has resigned from the Overland Park, Kansas-based company, according to an internal memo obtained by Reuters.
March 1 (Reuters) – Another senior executive is leaving
Sprint Corp, the U.S. wireless company that has seen
several key leaders exit since it was acquired last year by
Japan’s SoftBank Corp (9984.T).
Fared Adib, a 12-year veteran of Sprint who was tapped by
SoftBank to lead a new initiative last fall, has resigned from
the Overland Park, Kansas-based company, according to an
internal memo obtained by Reuters.
Feb 26 (Reuters) – Tesla Motors Inc said on
Wednesday it plans to raise $1.6 billion from investors to
finance a new battery factory that will help the upstart U.S.
automaker reach its goal of producing a lower-priced,
mass-market electric car by 2017.
Tesla said the new plant, nicknamed the “Gigafactory,” would
be built in one of four states: Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico or
Texas. By 2020, Tesla said, the plant would be able to make more
lithium-ion batteries in a year than were produced worldwide in
DETROIT (Reuters) – Michigan’s ban on gay marriage perpetuates discrimination and should be overturned, an attorney representing a lesbian couple argued on Tuesday at the start of the latest in a series of legal challenges to U.S. laws banning same-sex unions.
But the state countered in U.S. District Court in Detroit that its law prohibiting gay couples to wed was the “will of the people” who voted it into Michigan’s constitution a decade ago.