Bug Kills Old Company; Harley-Davidson's Production Stop; Plane Crash Intentional | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 68

Also on the podcast, convicted killer's successful startup, Jeep's new layoffs, Bentley EV's brutal acceleration and Russian carmakers throw out key safety components.

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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:

Jeep Plant Prepares for Next Round of Layoffs

In recent years, the Jeep plant in Belvidere, IL has experienced a rapid decline.

Convicted Killer the Tech Whiz Behind Startup

Harel Hershtik was 20 years old when he murdered someone. Now, he is the brains behind a health-tech startup that could make hundreds of millions of dollars.

Plane Crash May Have Been Intentional

In March, a China Eastern flight crashed in China and killed everyone on board. It’s still unclear what caused the Boeing 737-800 passenger jet but a new report suggests it may have been intentional.

Harley-Davidson Suspends Production

This week, Harley-Davidson announced a two-week suspension of vehicle assembly and most shipments.

Bug Shuts Down 168-Year-Old Company

The Peterboro Basket Company has been in business since 1854. The company is known for making baskets, but it is closing its factory partly because of an insect destroying ash trees.

In Case You Missed It

Bentley Promises 'Brutal' Acceleration in New EV

In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark promised that his company’s electric vehicle will sport 1,400 horsepower and go from 0-60 mph in 1.5 seconds.

Amid Sanctions, Russia Lets Carmakers Skip the Airbags

Russia recently passed an order allowing carmakers there to skip key safety components like airbags, antilock brakes and the autolock feature on a safety belt. Unfortunately the Russian people will suffer and continue to as these vehicles will be on the roads for many years after this order expires.

Diesel-Electric Self-Unloading Cargo Ship

This solves a number of issues, including safety, pollution and labor.

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