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Moorpark Manufacturer Files Chap. 11

The collapse of the U.S. auto industry contributed to manufacturer Special Devices Inc. to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Moorpark-based company will continue to operate its three business units during a restructuring to bring its level of debt in with line with economic realities, company officials said. Special Devices designs and manufactures parts used in airbag inflators, electronic detonation systems used in the mining industry and parts used in the defense and aerospace industry. While the company has made progress in transitioning to a global company, the decline in automated-related revenue, the credit crisis and tough global economy makes it tough for Special Devices to support its debt structure, said President and CEO Christopher Hunter. This restructuring effort is focused on our capital structure, not our operations,” Hunter said. In the company’s filing, it seeks approval to maintain employee payroll and health benefits; the fulfillment of certain obligations; the continuation of the company’s cash management system; and the ability to honor all customer programs. – –Mark R. Madler

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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