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5,000 GM Workers Take Buyouts; Foldable Motorcycle; Chocolate Worker Survives | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 113

Also on the podcast, Virgin Orbit cuts 85% of workforce, 'sound torture' at Land O'Lakes plant, new deal for EV battery minerals, Amazon mislabels sellers and a massive robot that combines a motorcycle, an ATV and a mech suit.

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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:

Neighbors Accuse Land O' Lakes Plant of 'Sound Torture' - @3:33

Last year, residents in Kent, Ohio, came to management at a Land O'Lakes factory with a complaint, the plant was getting louder.

Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit Slashing 85% of Its Workforce - @14:37

Virgin Orbit is running out of money and has struggled to find funding following a failed mission three months ago.

About 5K GM Salaried Workers Take Buyouts, Avoiding Layoffs - @24:31

The automaker says it's enough to avoid layoffs at this time.

Factory Explosion Survivor, on Fire, Fell into Chocolate Vat - @36:56

A survivor was pulled from the rubble of the R.M. Palmer chocolate factory in Pennsylvania after an explosion killed seven co-workers and injured 10 others.

Motorcycle Maker Debuts Foldable Mini Bike for Short Trips - @46:29

Chinese motorcycle company Felo has a new model, the M-One.

In Case You Missed It

New ExoQuad Combines Motorcycle, Mech Suit - @56:44

The VX1 ExoQuad described as a cross between a motorcycle, a mech suit and an ATV.

 U.S., Japan Reach Deal on Minerals for EV Batteries - @1:01:31

The agreement is part of an effort to ensure secure supplies of strategically important resources.

Amazon Accused of Mislabeling Sellers - @1:08:59

The labels could be errantly influencing buyer behavior.

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