Ann Arbor’s Young People’s Theater launches fundraiser to stay afloat during pandemic
ANN ARBOR – Local youth theater group Young People’s Theater has launched a fundraising campaign to stay open amid the coronavirus pandemic. Since 1977, the youth theater group has been putting on productions and hosting camps and classes for kids ages five and up. When the pandemic began in March, YPT had to stop all activities, which halted incoming revenue. The theater company, a 501(c)(3) non profit run exclusively by volunteers, fears it will be forced to close if it cannot raise funds to cover operational expenses. Young People’s Theater is at 331 Metty Dr. STE 3.
Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company: Amazon ‘absolutely saved our business’ during pandemic
ANN ARBOR – Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company has continued to grow. (Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company)Pandemic salesOnce the pandemic hit, like many businesses across the nation, Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company had to temporarily shut down. An employee makes a face shield at the company warehouse at 505 S. Maple Rd. (Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company)Preparing for another shutdown in the fall, they moved their production schedule forward. To learn more about Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company, visit www.annarbortees.com.
German industrial production up for 3rd consecutive month
BERLIN German industrial production increased for the third consecutive month in July, but the gain was relatively modest following bigger gains in the immediate aftermath of this spring's shutdowns, official data showed Monday. Production rose 1.2% compared with the previous month, the Economy Ministry said. That followed gains of 7.4% in May and 9.3% in June as activity in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, recovered from big drops in March and April. The ministry said that production has returned to nearly 90% of its level in last years fourth quarter, before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Virus-related difficulties in countries outside the eurozone including the U.S., Britain and several emerging economies likely depressed German exports.
US industrial production up 3%; factory output up 3.4%
WASHINGTON American industry continued to regain ground lost in the coronavirus recession last month but production remains well below where it was before the pandemic struck. The Federal Reserve reported Friday that industrial production including output at factories, mines and utilities climbed 3% in July after surging 5.7% in June. Still, production remains 8.4% below its level in February before the outbreak began to spread rapidly in the United States. Factory output rose 3.4% last month, pulled higher by a 28.3% gain in production of cars, trucks and auto parts. Mining production ticked up 0.8%, snapping five straight months of decreases, utility output climbed 3.3% as hot weather forced many Americans to turn on the air conditioner.
Carhartt shifts production, plans to produce 2.5M masks, 50,000 gowns for hospitals
DETROIT – Dearborn-based Carhartt says it will shift production to produce masks and gowns for hospitals in need during the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, April 6, Carhartt says it will begin producing 50,000 medical gowns, and on April 20, the company will begin manufacturing 2.5 million masks. “Serving and answering the call during times of need has always been an integral part of Carhartt’s history and it’s why consumers have trusted us to have their back for more than 130 years,” said Mark Valade, Chief Executive Officer at Carhartt. “We are humbled and honored to help all the essential workers serving and protecting us right now.”Carhartt says associated from manufacturing facilities have volunteered to produce these items and the company will continue to compensate them for their important contribution to the effort to support the nation’s need for medical personal protective equipment. Over the last few weeks, Carhartt temporarily closed all company-owned stores and implemented temporary rotating paid work schedules in its manufacturing and distribution facilities to encourage social distancing among associates.