President Trump says he is frustrated with the slow pace of major construction projects like highways, ports and pipelines. Last summer, he pledged to use the power of the presidency to jump start building when it became bogged down in administrative delays.
Miriam Gonzalez stepped outside her shuttered restaurant in this municipality near San Juan and offered an exaggerated grin. "This is my happy face," Gonzalez, 52, said, her voice heavy with mockery. "It's a very happy face. We all have it on."
In October, International Textile Group, acquired by a private equity firm a year ago, announced plans to close the storied Cone Denim White Oak plant in Greensboro, N.C. That factory was a 112-year-old shrine to bluejeans and the last major manufacturer of selvage denim in the United States.
Vestas Wind Systems and Siemens Gamesa are giants of the wind-power industry, building mammoth turbines that rise high into the air and power more and more homes. But disappointing earnings reports from the two companies last week indicated that even they are struggling to adapt to a fast-changing sector.
Nissan Motor said last week that it was suspending production at all of its Japanese factories after it discovered that uncertified technicians had conducted vehicle inspections even after a previous disclosure of the practice led to a major recall.