MANUFACTURING

With a history spanning more than a century-and-a-half representing manufacturers, our attorneys have the range and the depth you need, no matter what you produce.

  • MULTI-DISCIPLINARY REPRESENTATIONS
      As an example of our cross-disciplinary work for manufacturing clients, we represented a leading global cement and minerals supplier in acquiring the asserts of a manufacturing entity that made composite material, in patenting cement manufacturing and mineral processing innovations, and obtaining immigration visas for foreign personnel to work in the U.S.

      Represent a local facility of an international manufacturer in matters including:
        Advice on compliance with environmental laws
        Lobbying efforts to obtain state funding
        Numerous collective bargaining negotiations
        Numerous labor arbitrations involving discipline and discharge of employees, and various contract interpretation issues
        Litigation seeking payment for goods and services

      Represent a major U.S. manufacturer of critical, advanced military and aeronautical electronic solutions in various matters related to battery packs, electronic systems for aircraft and licensing agreements.

      Represent deck and railing manufacturers in day-to day-issues, including commercial agreements, labor & employment, intellectual property and litigation.

      Represent a manufacturer of stainless steel and brass valves used to regulate the flow of liquids in plumbing and process industry applications.
  • CORPORATE & FINANCE
      Represented an industry leader in activated carbon and related products and services in numerous transactions, including acquisitions, amendment and restatement of credit facilities, corporate governance, securities compliance, proxy matters, trademark matters, and litigation, among others.

      Represented a manufacturer of vision guided vehicles (VGVs) for the materials handling industry in North America and Europe in multiple rounds of debt and equity financing, Chapter 11 reorganization, as well as in general corporate, commercial, labor and litigation matters.

      Represented a leader in the commercial construction materials industry regarding the sale of 100% of its interests.

      Provided antitrust services for metals and manufacturing businesses, including:
        A manufacturer of powdered metal parts
        A manufacturer of TV set tops/electronics
        A provider of materials for alloy research, process and product development, and mill scale production of specialty alloys
        A manufacturer of tires, tracks and track systems for off-road applications

      Represented a sensors manufacturer in matters related to a shareholder dispute.

      Represented a leading US producer of titanium mill products and fabricated metal components in its acquisition of 100% of the issued and outstanding capital stock of a Canadian precision machining corporation.

      Represented a manufacturer of biologically based products for the agricultural, horticultural and turf industries in the UK, Europe and the U.S., in the cash acquisition of technology assets

      Represented a health care logistics industry robot and software developer and manufacturer in debt and equity financings.
  • REAL ESTATE/ENVIRONMENTAL
      Represented a manufacturer of commercial air conditioning and heating equipment in an environmental cost recovery action against a former property owner for extensive soil and groundwater impacts, including oversight and implementation of comprehensive site rehabilitation required by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

      Represented a provider of fluid filtration, separation, and purification systems throughout the State of Florida on permitting and regulatory compliance, including comprehensive site rehabilitation projects to remediate soil and groundwater contamination from historical manufacturing operations.

      Represented a manufacturer of fine porcelain art products in real estate and environmental matters.

      Represented a manufacturer of protective sports eyewear in real estate and environmental matters.

      Represented a steel spring manufacturer in real estate and environmental matters.
  • LABOR & EMPLOYMENT
      Provide labor and employment counsel to a leading North American manufacturer of wallboard and joint compound materials, including serving as lead negotiator with the company’s union, representing the company in labor arbitrations, advising and defending discrimination claims, and counseling the company on building positive employee relations.

      For example, we have counseled and represented a major manufacturer of commercial dinnerware products for more than 20 years in matters such as:

        Collective bargaining negotiations
        Multiple labor arbitrations involving such issues as discharge of employees, seniority, contracting out of work, assignment of work, overtime, and bonus payments
        Compliance with affirmative action requirements and OFCCP matters
        Litigation related to termination of independent sales representatives, and lawsuits by current and former employees alleging wrongful discharge, wage and hour violations, and various discrimination claims
        Drafting and revision of contracts, such as independent sales representative contracts, leases, non-disclosure agreements, and restrictive covenants
        Litigation regarding unfair trade practice matters, both as plaintiff and as defendants
        Compliance with various federal and state manufacturing standards
        Bankruptcy matters involving HLC’s clients
        Anti-trust and general business matters
        Labor and employment compliance training

      Providing a leading manufacturer and global marketer of equipment and services for the mining industry with labor and employment counsel and representation on such matter as:

        Benefit claims under the Trade Assistance Act pursued by the U.S. Department of Labor
        Compliance with legal and contract obligations in carrying out group layoffs and plant closures
        Severance agreements and releases for group layoffs.
        Interpretation of collective bargaining agreements
        Labor arbitrations involving the discharge and discipline of former employees
        Compliance with U.S. Department of Labor initiatives involving independent contractors

      Assisted of the world’s largest and most diversified specialty materials and components producers with labor negotiations.

      Advise a global leader in performance-critical gas and diesel engine valve train components on day to day labor and employment issues, as well as assist with union negotiations and contract administration.

      Handle day-to-day labor and human relations issues, collective bargaining, labor contract administration and labor arbitrations, and employment litigation for the North American leader in overhead lifting, cargo control and traction products.

      Assist a custom manufacturer of structural steel components and architectural metal products with labor and human relations matters, collective bargaining and contract administration issues.

      Assist a leading producer of high-efficacy maintenance and cleaning solutions for commercial, industrial, institutional and consumer markets with all of their labor and human resources needs.

      Represented one of the world’s largest and most diversified specialty metal materials and components producers in the world in collective bargaining, grievance arbitration and union organizing campaigns.

      Drafted employment-related agreements (including restrictive covenants, employment agreements, and offer letters) for a national manufacturer of rail and concrete products.

      Advised a major manufacturer of caskets with reductions in force, including WARN Act counseling, severance agreement and related issues.

      Represented a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer in preventing its former employee from violating his employment agreement by capitalizing on a business method that the manufacturer client owned.

      Obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction order in federal court to prevent a high-level executive from working for a competitor of a large steel manufacturer.

      Obtained decision for a permanent injunction for a building products manufacturer after a two-day trial, finding that the defendant had violated his non-compete and ordered him to cease and desist for one year.

      Conducted an investigation into an employee’s theft of information for a manufacturer of kitchen products that resulting in the employee admitting his guilt via written verification and termination from employment.

      Defended a specialty steel manufacturer in claims brought by a former employee under the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

      Defended a specialty steel manufacturer in an age discrimination that resulted in a summary judgment verdict in the Western District of Pennsylvania and an affirmation of the win by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

      Advised a specialty steel manufacturer with advice under the Americans with Disabilities Act to avoid litigation.

      Enforced restrictive covenant agreement against a former member of the research and development team for a national manufacturer of rail products including a stipulated to consent order, including repayment of attorneys’ fees.
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
      Represented leading global cement and minerals supplier in a dispute with a former supplier involving a misappropriation of trade secrets.

      Represent a leading manufacturer and designer of high end retail and office furniture in patent, trademark and copyright matters, including managing the entire worldwide patent and trademark portfolio.

      Assist a manufacturer of vinyl products, industrial chemicals, additives, specialty chemicals, fluoropolymers, and technical polymers with patent portfolio management, including patent procurement and investigation and counseling of competitor patents.

      Represent a global manufacturer and marketer of hygiene and forest products regarding their intellectual property rights.

      Represent an R&D and IP company in the flooring and furniture industries that possesses more than 1,500 granted patents and a global license base of more than 200 licensees.

      Assist a company that develops, manufactures and markets medical diagnostic systems with their intellectual property rights.

      Represent an award-winning a developer and manufacturer of 3D scanning and CAD/CAM for dental and hearing professionals with their intellectual property rights.
  • LITIGATION
      Represented a multinational, household-name consumer products company in the resolution and dismissal of hundreds of consumer personal injury claims.

      Represented a foreign luxury automobile manufacturer and domestic sales-and-marketing entity in numerous nationwide, multi-district, multi-state, and single-state consumer class actions.
  • CHEMICALS
      Represented a manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride in litigation before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

      Represented a manufacturer of organic and inorganic chemicals in OSHA’s investigation of a workplace fatality.

      Represented a major producer of silica and other composites in all OSHA-related matters.
  • METALS
      Represented a leading US producer of titanium mill products and fabricated metal components in its acquisition of 100% of the issued and outstanding capital stock of a Canadian precision machining corporation.

      Represented a specialty steel producer in various OSHA-related matters, including numerous issues involving OSHA's lead standard.

      Represented a privately held architectural insulated metal panel manufacturer in its sale to an NYSE-listed metal products manufacturer for the nonresidential building industry.

      Represented an NYSE-listed specialty metals fabrication and distribution company in its acquisitions of precision machining and engineering, additive manufacturing and titanium powder manufacturing companies.

      Successfully defended in Ohio state court a preliminary injunction brought against a major metals manufacturer in an effort to undo a short-form merger.

      Assist a leading producer of premium specialty alloys, tool steels and drilling tools with day-to-day labor and human relation issues, collective bargaining contract administration, labor arbitrations, employment-related litigation, and OSHA and Immigration matters.

      Assist a custom manufacturer of structural steel components and architectural metal products with labor and human relations matters, collective bargaining and contract administration issues.

      Represented one of the world’s largest and most diversified specialty metal materials and components producers in collective bargaining, grievance arbitration and union organizing campaigns.

      Obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction order in federal court to prevent a high-level executive from working for a competitor of a large steel manufacturer.

      Defended a specialty steel manufacturer in an age discrimination that resulted in a summary judgment verdict in the Western District of Pennsylvania and an affirmation of the win by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

      Advised a specialty steel manufacturer with advice under the Americans with Disabilities Act to avoid litigation.

      Enforced restrictive covenant agreement against a former member of the research and development team for a national manufacturer of rail products including a stipulated to consent order, including repayment of attorneys’ fees.

      Provided antitrust services for metals businesses, including:

        A manufacturer of powdered metal parts
        A provider of materials for alloy research, process and product development, and mill scale production of specialty alloys