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Major Aluminum Maker Shuts Down; Vinyl's Resurgent Demand; Tesla Layoffs | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 74

Also on the podcast, solar umbrellas burst into flames, regulators hit Phillips 66, new tech turns whole fish into food and fireworks prices skyrocket.

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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:

Tesla Lays Off 200 Autopilot Employees

(3:26) Tesla is closing an office in San Mateo, California and cutting some 200 Autopilot jobs in the process.

Regulators Say Phillips 66 Unlawfully Processed Renewable Fuel

(12:47) Phillips 66 has been accused of improperly processing renewable diesel.

Manufacturers Struggle to Keep Pace with Vinyl Record Demand

(20:23) Vinyl record manufacturers are rebuilding, with dozens of new factories, but it's still not enough to keep pace with sales that reached $1 billion last year.

Solar Patio Umbrellas Recalled After Bursting Into Flames

(32:51) SunVilla is recalling 400,000 Solar LED Market Umbrellas sold only at Costco stores in the U.S. and another 33,000 sold in Canada.

Major Aluminum Manufacturer Shuts Down

(41:33) The Century Aluminum plant in Hawesville, Kentucky is shutting down production due to rising energy costs.

In Case You Missed It

About 1 in 5 Engineering Degrees Go to Women

(51:48) Despite efforts to encourage more women to study STEM fields in college, the percentage of engineering bachelor’s degrees earned by women in the U.S. hasn’t increased much.

New Technology Turns the Whole Fish into Food

(57:34) Food researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have created a new sorting technology that gets five good cuts from fish, not just the filet. The new method is already being used as a herring processing plant in Sweden.

Fireworks Prices Could Skyrocket

(1:03:23) Fireworks prices are soaring this year, but there are plenty of rockets, fountains and sparklers to go around.

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