Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector is a cornerstone of the United States economy. GDCR’s manufacturing clients make and sell a wide variety of products, from highly specialized industrial equipment to commercial food products, to toys and other innovative items for consumer use.

While some of our manufacturing clients have only a single local plant, many of our clients have manufacturing facilities and operations across the U.S. and the world.

GDCR’s corporate, litigation and employment attorneys work collaboratively to assist manufacturing companies in all aspects of their business and operations. Our corporate attorneys are able to develop a wide variety of contracts, terms, conditions and warranties for the purchase and sale of goods; establish joint ventures and other contractual relationships with suppliers, wholesalers and other business partners; license intellectual property; advise on compliance and regulatory matters; counsel on economic and tax incentive opportunities offered by local, state and federal authorities to maximize investment; and represent both buyers and sellers in M&A transactions or transition plans. Our labor and employment attorneys assist manufacturing clients in managing large labor forces including the development and implementation of employee handbooks and procedures, compliance with federal and state regulations and drafting employment agreements and severance packages. Our litigation attorneys work to resolve commercial and business disputes in a manner consistent with the values and goals of the business, including disputes with suppliers and customers concerning defective or non-conforming goods.

Our attorneys have a depth of experience and knowledge to specifically serve the needs of manufacturing clients and add value to their business within their manufacturing industry.

Notable Client Highlights

  • Represented a food processing company with significant expansion, including forming a strategic alliance with multiple suppliers, acquiring assets and facilities from competitors, entering new areas of operation as well as navigating operational, managerial and contractual risks arising from rapid expansion.

  • Obtained multi-million dollar arbitration award on behalf of food processing company in breach of contract action against a supplier.

  • Represented Hong Kong-based manufacturer with purchase of U.S. patent portfolio and other intellectual property and establishment of joint venture for the international manufacture and distribution of office furniture.

  • Represented local building products company in connection with the $13 million dollar sale to a national competitor controlled by an international private equity fund.

  • Represented European-based manufacturing company in the $7 million dollar acquisition of U.S.-based competitor.

  • Represented an international manufacturer with annual revenues in excess of $900 million in the successful negotiation of multiple commercial warehouse lease and sublease agreements for operations across the U.S. and in the strategic acquisition of small businesses for expansion.

  • Represented several U.S.-based manufacturers in connection with establishment and operation of special purpose entities to sell goods overseas and obtain favorable tax treatment for such sales.

  • Represented California-based aircraft equipment manufacturer in acquisition of Georgia-based competitor and provided ongoing business and legal advice in connection with rapid expansion of newly acquired Georgia operations.

  • Represented three majority owners of metal fabrication company in connection with $2-plus million buyout of dissident minority shareholder.

  • Represented local manufacturer of specialized flooring systems in connection with corporate governance, real estate, zoning, contractual and employment matters.