Austen Hufford, Wall Street Journal

Austen Hufford

Wall Street Journal

New York, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Austen:

Appliance Business Cast Off by GE Thrives Under Chinese Ownership

Haier Group bought the business from General Electric in 2016 and has been adding jobs and increasing its U.S. market share. → Read More

Chip Shortage Has Manufacturers Turning to Lower-Tech Models

Makers of appliances and other products are adapting designs, shipping uncompleted units and focusing on older, lower-tech models because of the global shortage of semiconductors. → Read More

Manufacturers Expect Infrastructure Projects to Boost Sales—and Ease Transport Snarls

Executives say the $1 trillion infrastructure bill will create demand for maintenance equipment and construction supplies, and it will ease some long-running bottlenecks and help companies move parts and products more efficiently. → Read More

Even Paint Makers Are Feeling the Chip Shortage

3M, Corning and PPG said sales are suffering, as major customers produced fewer chip-dependent vehicles and appliances, and cut purchases of glass, paint and industrial components. → Read More

Caterpillar’s Profit Doubles on Construction Project Strength

The maker of mining trucks and construction bulldozers flagged higher manufacturing costs, especially increased shipping rates, and said it was continuing to face supply-chain challenges. → Read More

Just 180 More Days Until Your Oven Arrives: Appliance Delays Cause Havoc

Consumers stuck without refrigerators and stoves are making frustrated calls to retailers and finding their own creative workarounds. ‘I didn’t think it would take this long.’ → Read More

High Steel Prices Have Manufacturers Scrounging for Supplies

Rapidly increasing metal costs are pushing manufacturers to take what steel they can get and hire more people to seek out available supplies. → Read More

Disney Strikes Vaccine Deal With Unions, as Labor Groups Negotiate Mandates

Florida theme-park workers must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 22 under the Disney mandate. Labor groups so far have generally accepted vaccine requirements. → Read More

Why That Sofa You Ordered Isn’t Showing Up Soon

Even companies that have built domestic supply chains are running up against extreme shortages of goods and labor. → Read More

CEO Transformed Treatment for HIV, Hepatitis

John C. Martin led Gilead Sciences for two decades, with singular focus on developing drugs. → Read More

Consumer Demand Snaps Back. Factories Can’t Keep Up.

Snarled supply chains and a labor shortage are thwarting a full reopening of U.S. manufacturing, in a phenomenon known as the “bullwhip effect.” → Read More

Covid-19 Safety Measures, Supply Constraints Crimp Manufacturers

Whirlpool and others say challenging logistics, higher costs are curtailing output of in-demand appliances, boats and paint. → Read More

Caterpillar Flags Signs of Recovery Amid Slack Demand

Revenue fell 15% in the fourth quarter due to lower volumes and less demand from customers and dealers. → Read More

3M Expects Sales Growth as Customers Return to Offices, Schools

The St. Paul, Minn.-based manufacturer said it has delivered 2 billion N95 masks around the world and is making more than 95 million a month in the U.S. → Read More

Mask Makers Work With FEMA, Get Antitrust Protection

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it convened major N95 producers, distributors and buyers last week for a first meeting to discuss the mask supply chain. → Read More

New Face Masks Relieve Pressure on N95 Supplies

Manufacturers are making face masks for the general public that they say offer more protection than cloth coverings without taxing supplies of N95 masks used in hospitals. → Read More

Face Masks Are Again in Short Supply as Covid-19 Cases Surge

The nation’s supply of N95 masks and other critical protective gear is again under strain as Covid-19 infections surge and hospitals stockpile supplies. → Read More

Caterpillar’s Sales Fall as Coronavirus Weighs on Industry

Slower construction of everything from cruise ships to pipelines during the coronavirus pandemic is weighing on demand for Caterpillar Inc.’s heavy machinery. → Read More

3M Benefits From Higher Demand for Face Masks, Consumer Goods

The manufacturer’s sales for personal products are booming, as hospitals buy face masks to protect health workers from Covid-19 and people sheltering at home purchase more cleaning supplies and painters’ tape. → Read More

Manufacturing Recovery Stymied as Workers Juggle Child Care

With child-care options remaining limited during the pandemic, some U.S. manufacturers are struggling to keep workers on the assembly line. → Read More