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Fear Factory; Packard Plant Torn Down; Tesla's Robot Disappoints | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 88

Also on the podcast, Exxon lockout could cost tens of millions, Amazon suspends at least 50 workers, judge kills Rivian tax break, employee killed by cannabis dust and Hyundai's costly fix for car thefts.

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The Today in Manufacturing Podcast is brought to you by the editors from and Industrial Equipment News (IEN). In each episode, we discuss the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week:

Amazon Suspends at Least 50 Workers After Fire Protest - @4:10

On Tuesday Amazon suspended at least 50 warehouse employees with pay. The employees refused to work their shifts following a trash compactor fire.

Worker Lockout Could Cost Exxon Tens of Millions - @17:09

The U.S. National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint on Monday against what it calls Exxon Mobil's "unlawful" effort to remove the United Steelworkers union from a Texas plant.

Tesla Robot Walks, Waves, But Doesn't Impress - @28:55

A few hours after we recorded the podcast on Friday, an early prototype of Tesla's Optimus humanoid robot walked onto the stage at the company's AI Day.

Detroit Demolishing Blighted Packard Car Plant - @41:27

Last Thursday, demolition started at the old Packard auto plant in Detroit that creates "an imminent danger" to nearby businesses, their employees and residents.

Closed Cement Factory Named Top Haunted House - @51:58

An abandoned cement factory in Salt Lake City has risen from the dead.

In Case You Missed It

Judge Nixes Rivian Tax Break - @1:04:50

The agreement would have provided a huge property tax break to the automaker.

Cannabis Worker Dies from Breathing in Kief - @1:11:07

At 11:00 p.m. on January 7, 2022, a 27-year-old employee was grinding cannabis flower and making pre-rolls at a Trulieve cannabis processing facility in Massachusetts when she complained that she couldn't breath.

Hyundai Pitches Fix for Easily-Stolen Vehicles - @1:18:00

The anti-theft kit will cost customers $170.

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