Last Pontiac's Cruel Fate; Purple Street Lights; Meat Plant Raid Settlement | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 91

Also on the podcast, plant manager pleads guilty over cereal outbreak, Georgia-Pacific closes plant, robot octopus handles fragile objects, Hyundai breaks ground in Georgia and shipbuilding fraud exposed.

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Former Plant Manager Pleads Guilty Over Cereal Outbreak - @4:19

Last week, a former manager at Kerry Inc. pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the Honey Smacks salmonella outbreak four years ago.

Georgia-Pacific Abruptly Closes Wis. Plant - @13:16

Last week, Georgia-Pacific said its closing a second Wisconsin plant closure in just eight months.

Workers Could Get $1.75 Million Over Meat Plant Raid - @21:57

Last Wednesday, a federal judge approved a settlement for Latino meat processing plant employees in Tennessee who were targeted by an immigration raid in 2018.

Why Are Street Lights Turning Purple? - @33:33

Reports have surfaced about some LED streetlights in the U.S. and Canada turning purple. The abnormal colors, which have been described as blue, indigo and black, are the result of a manufacturing defect.

The Last Pontiac Ever Built Met a Cruel Fate - @42:27

The last car to roll off the Pontiac production line on December 5, 2009, was a 2010 Pontiac G6 and someone believes to have tracked it down.

In Case You Missed It

Shipbuilding Executives Face Decades in Prison Over Fraud Scheme - @51:10

The husband-and-wife owners of a purported Hawaiian boat manufacturer face decades in prison after allegedly defrauding hundreds of people over the course of more than a decade.

Robot Octopus Can Be Trusted with Fragile Objects - @56:36

A group of researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering have developed a set of robot grippers inspired by Octopus tentacles.

Hyundai Breaks Ground on EV Plant in GA - @1:01:37

A robotic dog delivered a champagne toast and Georgia's governor and junior U.S. senator shared a brief bipartisan celebration ahead of high-stakes elections as Hyundai Motor Group broke ground Tuesday on its first U.S. plant dedicated to making electric vehicles.

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