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Gas Cars Cheaper Than EVs; Lightyear's Bankruptcy; Duct-Taped Machine Guards | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 104

Also on the podcast, tiny radioactive capsule causes health scare, workers sold with Toledo plant, shape-shifting robot escapes jail, Ford cuts Mustang Mach-E price and GM invests in Lithium mine.

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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:

Manufacturer Sells Workers with Toledo Plant - @3:44

Detroit Manufacturing Systems recently sold its plant in Toledo, Ohio, to Tier 1 auto supplier Mayco International.

Tiny Radioactive Capsule Sets Off Major Health Scare - @11:23

In Australia, a tiny radioactive capsule about the size of a small watch battery was lost and it caused an urgent public health warning.

OSHA Finds Duct-Taped Machine Guards Following Worker Fatality - @20:25

Great Lakes Polymer Technologies is a plastics manufacturer in Kingman, Kansas. The company faces nearly $300,000 in OSHA penalties after a worker was killed last summer while trying to clear a bagging machine.

Lightyear Declares Bankruptcy - @28:51

Some 600 employees are likely out of a job at Lightyear which is based in The Netherlands. The company simply doesn't have the funds to pay salaries.

Driving a Gas Car Now Cheaper Than an EV, Study Suggests - @38:49

It’s the first time in 18 months that mid-priced internal combustion engine cars have beat out EVs.

In Case You Missed It

Shape-Shifting Robot Escapes Jail Cell in Test - @47:57

A multidisciplinary team of engineers from multiple universities may not have cited “Terminator 2” as inspiration, but their miniature shape-shifting robots look like they came straight off the Skynet production line.

Ford Cuts Price on Mustang Mach-E After Tesla Trims Prices - @53:51

Ford is slashing prices on its Mustang Mach-E  by up to $6,000 after Tesla took similar steps.

GM Okays $650M Lithium Mine Investment - @58:02

General Motors has agreed to invest $650 million in Lithium Americas in a deal that will give GM exclusive access to the first phase of a mine planned near the Nevada-Oregon line with the largest known source of lithium in the U.S.

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