EV Factory on 'Life Support'; Worker Called in Sick on Facebook; 3M's Potential Bankruptcy | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 81

Also on the podcast, autonomous test car causes deadly crash, San Francisco's $20,000 trash can, ABC Polymer faces charges, Lowe's gives frontline workers $55M in bonuses and the F-150 Lightning could back up the grid.

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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:

What Takes Years and Costs $20K? A San Francisco Trash Can - @2:51

Six trash cans will hit San Francisco's streets this summer. The city hired a local industrial firm to custom-design a $20,000 trash can. On top of that, they made two other prototypes that cost taxpayers $19,000 and $11,000 each.

1 Dead, 9 Injured After Autonomous Test Car Veers Into Traffic - @15:01

On Tuesday, an autonomous steering test car veered into oncoming traffic in Germany.

3M Could Face 'Bankruptcy' Over Defective Earplugs - @24:58

3M could be on the hook for damages from more than 230,000 lawsuits still pending.

Court Sides with Mfg Worker Who Called in Sick via Facebook - @34:07

Kasey Roberts was fired from his job at Gestamp West Virginia, a metal stamping factory that supplies the auto industry. Roberts missed several weeks of work after an emergency appendectomy turned into an infection.

EV Battery Factory on 'Life Support' - @46:26

Britishvolt was founded three years ago. The company wants to build a “Gigaplant” in the northeast of England to make batteries for the domestic automotive industry.

In Case You Missed It

Company Charged in Worker Death After Repeated Injuries - @56:11

On Monday, the Department of Justice announced criminal charges against ABC Polymer for the willful violations of OSHA standards.

Business Giving $55M in Bonuses to Frontline Workers - @1:01:40

Home improvement chain Lowe’s announced it will spend $55 million on bonuses for its frontline hourly employees. This comes as manufacturers lose workers to retail and warehouse.

Duke Energy Tests F-150 Lightning as a Power Grid Backup - @1:05:57

Duke Energy is looking at new ways customers may one day be able to use two-way charging from electric vehicles to power their own homes during outages and help support the power grid.

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