U.S. Wins New EV Plant; Eerie Glow in Pacific; Airline Moves Execs to Baggage | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 80

Also on the podcast, lumber made out of recycled plastic, EVs won't qualify for credits, Lordstown to deliver Endurance this year, bioplastics market ramps up and precision ag exposes new threats.

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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:

Most Electric Vehicles Won’t Quality for Federal Tax Credits

A tax credit of up to $7,500 could be used to defray the cost of an electric vehicle under the Inflation Reduction Act now moving toward final approval in Congress, but the auto industry is warning that the vast majority of EV purchases won’t qualify for a tax credit that large.

USF Student Invents Lumber Alternative Using Recycled Plastic

While lumber was widely unavailable and prices were soaring to historic highs during the coronavirus pandemic, a University of South Florida mechanical engineering student was developing a cost-effective alternative.

Airline Calls on Execs to Work as Baggage Handlers

According to Bloomberg, Qantas Airways' chief operating officer has put out the call to executives to take on baggage handling duties full-time for three months to help get through the holiday travel rush.

Eerie Red Glow on Pacific Gets Fishy Explanation

When a commercial pilot posted a picture of eerie, glowing red lights over the Pacific Ocean, it got the internet buzzing.

U.S. Lands Another Multi-Million Dollar EV Plant

Last week, Kentucky landed yet another electric-vehicle investment.

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Billions Pour into Bioplastics as Markets Begin Ramping Up

Companies are ramping up production of plastics made from natural, renewable materials.

Lordstown Expecting Endurance Deliveries This Year

CEO Edward Hightower said the company expects to start the first customer deliveries by the end of 2022.

Rise of Precision Ag Exposes Food System to New Threats

Cyberattacks against agricultural targets are not some far-off threat; they are already happening.

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