Failed Fastener's Catastrophic Damage; GM Workers Sleep on Floors; EV Company Pays $40 Per Hour | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 61

Also on the podcast, Musk's screaming matches with regulators, Leopard shuts down Mercedes plant, Russia's brain drain, manufacturing in space and Vietnamese automaker brings 7,500 jobs to N.C.

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In each episode, we discuss the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week:

Former Regulators Describe Yelling Matches with Musk

According to the Washington Post, some conversations between the NHTSA and Tesla’s Elon Musk got testy.

Leopard Shuts Down Mercedes Plant

A couple of weeks ago, a Mercedes-Benz factory in western India hosted “a very special guest.” A young male leopard strolled into the plant and forced the company to evacuate its workers.

EV Battery Factory to Pay $40 Per Hour

Graphex Technologies and Emerald Energy Solutions are planning a $60 million plant north of Detroit, and the jobs will pay an average of $40 an hour.

GM Company Asks Workers to Sleep on Factory Floors

A General Motors joint venture in Shanghai kept the lights on by asking employees to sleep on factory floors and work in isolation.

Failed Fastener Causes $3.8 Million in Damage

On April 22, 2021, a catastrophic engine failure on the Wenatchee passenger and car ferry near Bainbridge Island in Washington started a fire that caused more than $3.8 million in damages.

In Case You Missed It

Vietnamese Carmaker to Build EVs in North Carolina

VinFast announced plans to build a plant in North Carolina to make electric vehicles. It will create 7,500 jobs.

As Russia Sees Tech Brain Drain, Other Nations Hope to Gain

By one estimate, up to 70,000 computer specialists, spooked by a sudden frost in the business and political climate, have bolted the country since Russia invaded Ukraine five weeks ago. Many more are expected to follow.

Manufacturing Heads to Space

DARPA recently kicked off a new program for space-based manufacturing.

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